21 November 2014
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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.”



“Future Culture” conference successfully concludes in London

On 17 November 2014, the “Future Culture - Expanding role of technology in cultural production, experience, and exchange” took place in Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It is one of the closing events of the Russia-UK Year of Culture and was jointly organized by the V&A in collaboration with the Embassy of Russia in the UK and “Calvert 22” foundation.


Ushakov Medals Presented to British Veterans of the Arctic Convoys

On 17 November Counsellor of the Russian Embassy Mr.Sergey Nalobin presented Ushakov Medals to 25 British veterans of the Arctic Convoys at a ceremony in Plymouth.


Counsellor of the Russian Embassy Ernest Chernukhin presented «Global Education» Programme

On 14 November 2014, representative of the Russian Embassy in London, Counsellor Ernest Chernukhin, conducted a presentation of the «Global Education» Programme to the Russian students in the UK. Representatives of UCL, LSE, Imperial College, Kings College and other institutions took part in the meeting that was held at the Rossotrudnichestvo office.


Ushakov Medals presented to British veterans of the Arctic Convoys

On 10 November Minister-Counsellor of the Russian Embassy Alexander Kramarenko presented Ushakov Medals to 31 British veterans of the Arctic Convoys at a ceremony in Truro. Participants were warmly welcomed by Chairman of Cornwall Council Mr John Wood and Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho. Speaking on behalf of the Russian Government, Minister-Counsellor thanked the veterans of the Arctic Convoys for their invaluable contribution to the defeat of Nazi Germany.


Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko meets with delegation of the city of Volgograd

On 11 November 2014 Ambassador of Russia to the UK Alexander Yakovenko met with the delegation from Volgograd, headed by the city mayor А.V. Kosolapov. The delegation’s visit in UK is aimed at developing sister city relations between Volgograd and Coventry. Prospects of cooperation between twin cities in the spheres of culture, education and sport were discussed during the meeting.


Remembrance Day at Soviet War Memorial

On 9 November 2014, Remembrance Day was marked at the Soviet War Memorial on the grounds of the Imperial War Museum in the London district of Southwark. Wreaths were laid by Ambassador of Russia Alexander Yakovenko, Second World War veterans, diplomats from CIS countries, representatives of the Parliament and the local authorities, NGOs, members of public.


Remembrance Sunday at Oxford War Memorial

On 9 November a traditional ceremony of wreath laying took place at the War Memorial in Oxford.


On Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s visit to Northern Ireland

On 30-31 October, Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko visited Northern Ireland. During the visit the Ambassador met with the Lord Mayor of Belfast Nichola Mallon, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in Northern Ireland Duchess of Abercorn and presented Ushakov Medals to the British veterans of the Arctic convoys from Northern Ireland.


Russian Embassy representative attends Exhibition-Seminar «Russian technologies and new materials»

On 29 October 2014, representative of the Russian Embassy in Britain, Counsellor Ernest Chernukhin, took part in the exhibition-seminar on Russian technologies and new materials that was held at Rossotrudnichestvo office in London.


Ushakov Medals presented to British veterans of the Arctic Convoys

On 26-27 October Third Secretary of the Russian Embassy Tikhon Kirichenko and Attaché Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov Medals to nine Britons, Mr Jack Dix, Mr John Dunbar, Mr Tom Jackson, Mr Edward Desmond Palmer, Mr Joseph Ashley Rawlings, Mr John Clifford Sandham, Mr John Hutchinson, Mr James Ewing and Mr John Welson Ellis, who were awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 10 March 2014 for their personal courage and bravery displayed during their service in the Arctic Convoys in WWII.

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