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UN Day celebrated at the Russian Embassy

On 23 October, the Embassy of the Russian Federation and the United Nations Association UK (UNA-UK) held an event to celebrate the UN Day. The event was a continuation of UNA-UK’s emerging tradition of commemorating the anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on 24 October 1945 together with diplomatic missions accredited in London.

The celebration brought together diplomats, politicians and scholars, and featured a keynote address by Mrs Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, who spoke on the role of multilateralism in today’s world, notably in defending and strengthening universal human values through culture, education and science. Mrs Bokova particularly emphasized the key role of education in attaining the Millennium Development Goals, to which UNESCO is making a proud contribution.

Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko, hosting the event, said: “I am delighted to welcome guests for the UN Day, particularly dear to me, as my whole diplomatic career has been devoted to working with the United Nations. Today, multilateralism, with the United Nations at the heart of the international system, has no alternative. Despite what many skeptics say, over the last twenty years the UN has become more efficient. Human rights, anti-terrorist and peacekeeping activities have flourished. And most importantly, the UN’s unique legitimacy has strengthened”.

Co-host Sir Jeremy Greenstock, UNA-UK Chairman and former UK Ambassador to the UN, said: “This occasion is an important opportunity for the diplomatic community in London to join with policy-makers and civil society in celebrating the UN’s achievements and reflecting on how it can be re-tooled to tackle 21st century challenges. In this era of rapid change, we must ensure that the UN, the only truly global organisation we have, enjoys the support of institutions and individuals alike – not just on UN Day but around the year.”



Ambassador A.Yakovenko attended Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition

Ambassador of the Russian Federation in London, Alexander Yakovenko attended the Royal Society’s annual Summer Science Exhibition in London.


Ushakov Medal presented to British Arctic Convoys veteran Mr Joseph Jeffries

On 26 June Attaché of the Embassy Elizaveta Vokorina presented the Ushakov medal to the Arctic Convoys veteran Mr Joseph Jeffries from Warrington, who was awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for his personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.


Sabantuy in London

On 27 June UCL hosted the fourth Sabantuy in London. Sabantuy is the traditional holiday of Tatar and Bashkir people in Russia, originally celebrated after the end of the sowing season. Sabantuy includes songs, national food, sports and fun competitions. Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko and Deputy PM of tatrstan Ravil Akhmetshin addressed the guests.


Russian Photography Exhibition opened in Edinburgh

On 25 June 2015 the exhibition of photographs by renown Russian photographer Vladimir Mishukov was opened in Edinburgh at the St Mary’s Cathedral with the support of the Consulate General of Russia in Edinburgh.


Professors Vladimir Pechatnov and David Reynolds present research of wartime correspondence between Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt at Russian Embassy in London

On 22 of June Professor of MGIMO University Vladimir Pechatnov and Professor of Cambridge University David Reynolds presented a new documentary research of WW2 correspondence between Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt at the Russian Embassy in London.


Private performance of musicians Boris Andrianov and Rem Urasin at the Russian Embassy in London

Famous world-renowned Russian artists and brilliant musicians: Grammy award nominee violinist Boris Andrianov and his star friend pianist Rem Urasin performed at the Russian Embassy in London on 18 June 2015. The musicians performed a unique project Music Grand Tour with a Domenico Montagnana, which gathers miniatures by the two great Russian composers: Rachmaninov and Shostakovich.


Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh visited Stirling

On 15 June 2015 Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh Andrey Pritsepov visited Stirling, one of Scotland’s most rapidly developing regions.


Reception at the Consulate General of Russia in Edinburgh on the occasion of Russia Day

On 12 June 2015 a reception on the occasion of the National Day of Russia was hosted by the Consulate General of Russia in Edinburgh. The event was attended by the representatives of the Scottish Parliament and Government, local authorities, business, academia and Russian community, as well as the Veterans of the Great Patriotic War and the Arctic Convoys.


Ushakov Medals presented to 21 British veterans of the Arctic Convoys in Lincolnshire

On 15 June at a ceremony in Lincolnshire Defence and Naval Attaché Captain Oleg Kornienko presented Ushakov Medals, as well as commemorative medals “70 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945” to 21 British veterans, who were awarded these honours for their personal courage and bravery displayed during their service in the Arctic Convoys in WWII.


Reception at the Embassy on the occasion of Russia Day

On 12 June 2015 a reception on the occasion of the National holiday of the Russian Federation – Russia Day– was held at the Embassy.

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