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Veterans of Arctic convoys honoured

On 24 March 2010 the Chief of the President’s Directorate of State Decorations Vladimir Osipov and Ambassador Yury Fedotov awarded a group British Arctic convoy veterans with the Russian commemorative medal “The 65th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945”. The award ceremony took place in London aboard HMS Belfast which itself participated in the Northern convoys during WW2.

British sailors who participated in the Arctic convoys with shipments for the USSR during the Second World War, are entitled to the Russian commemorative medal. A number of award ceremonies throughout the United Kingdom are scheduled.

On the same day it was announced that a number of Russian businesses, notably OPK (Joint Industrial Corporation), Severstal and Sovkomflot, will support the project to restore the historic HMS Belfast.

HMS Belfast participating in the Arctic convoys (photos courtesy of IWM)



On lecture of Russian cosmonaut Alexey Leonov at Science Museum in London

On 21 May 2015 the Russian cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, the first man in open space, held a lecture at the Science Museum in London. The event was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of his flight. During the lecture Mr.Leonov described his historical space mission in detail.


Plaque commemorating World War Two Soviet Pilots in Scotland unveiled in Errol

On 16 May 2015 at the Errol airfield, Perth and Kinross, the commemorative plaque dedicated to the secret mission of the Soviet pilots of the 1st Air Transportation Division who were stationed here in 1943-44 to receive the British Albemarle planes.


Exhibition about World War II Russian Airmen in Scotland opened in Montrose

On 15 May 2015 exhibition "The Russians in Scotland" was opened in Montrose. The exhibition casts light on one of the lesser known pages of the World War II – the secret mission of the Soviet pilots who brought British transport airplanes from Scotland to the USSR.


70th Anniversary of the Great Victory celebrated in the North of Scotland

On 11-12 May 2015 the Victory in the Great Patriotic War was celebrated in a series of events on Orkney.


Ceremony of commemorative stamp franking held at the Russian Embassy

On 14 May a ceremony of commemorative stamp franking held at the Russian Embassy in London. It involved putting a special postmark on two new Russian stamps, issued to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Victory in WW2 and the 175th anniversary of the first stamp of the world - the British Penny Black.


Dashi Namdakov’s sculpture She Guardian unveiled in London

On 11 May 2015 the ceremony of unveiling of a monumental sculpture She Guardian by acclaimed Russian artist, Dashi Namdakov took place at London’s Marble Arch. Ambassador Dr Alexander Yakovenko and Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr Audrey Lewis presided over the event.


Wreaths laid at the Dundee International Submarine Memorial in Scotland on the Victory Day

On 9 May 2015 on occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Edinburgh Andrey Pritsepov and the Lord Provost of Dundee Robert Duncan laid wreaths at the International Submarine Memorial in Dundee. The memorial commemorates the lost crews of the Allied submarines based in Dundee during the World War II, including the crew of the Soviet submarine V-1 lost in 1944.


Russian Medals Presented to the Scottish Veterans of the Arctic Convoy on the Victory Day

On 9 May 2015 ‘The 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War’ Medals presentation ceremony was held in Glasgow. The medals, along with the personalised limited edition wristwatch, produced in Russia under the auspices of the Russian Military History Society, were presented to 51 Veterans of the Arctic Convoys who reside in Scotland.


70th anniversary of Victory in WW2 celebrated in London

On 9 May 2015 on the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, wreath laying ceremony took place at the Soviet War Memorial in the grounds of the Imperial War Museum in London. During the ceremony Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko presented to British veterans of the Arctic Convoys and Soviet veterans Russian jubilee medals.


Ambassador Yakovenko attends veterans' meeting

On 8 May Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko attended the traditional meeting of Red Army and British WW2 veterans, held this year in Cabinet War Rooms in London. During the event the new documentary "Red Division" was shown, and the Russian guests received replicas of the British "Arctic Star", awarded to the veterans of the Arctic Convoys.

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