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Full version of the special issue of FIRST magazine dedicated to the PM David Cameron’s visit to Russia

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Realising the potential of the Russian economy (158Kb)

Introduction by Rt Hon William Hague mp, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, United Kingdom (99Kb)

Foreword by The Rt Hon Lord Hurd of Westwell CH CBE PC Chairman, FIRST Advisory Council (89Kb)

Introduction from Sergey Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (153Kb)

UK and Russia: Open for business By DAME ANNE PRINGLE DCMG Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Russian Federation (79Kb)

Russia and the UK: trading up Interview with LORD GREEN OF HURSTPIERPOINT Minister of State for Trade and Investment (196Kb)

Firm foundations for the future By Rt Hon Lord Howe of Abera von CH QC President, Great Britain-Cina Centre (135Kb)

Prosper thy neighbour By ALDERMAN MICHAEL BEAR Lord Mayor of the City of London (116Kb)

Modernising Russia’s economy By Sergey Katyrin President, Chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation (RF CCI) (147Kb)

Business to the fore By Nick Lyne Senior Staff Writer, FIRST (173Kb)

The value of cultural exchange By Mikhail Shvydkoy Special Envoy of the President of the Russ ian Federation for International Cultural Cooperation (112Kb)

Building cultural understanding By Ekaterina Genieva Director General, Margarita Rudomino All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature (94Kb)

Cooperation in Space exploration By Vladimir Popovkin Head of the Federal Space Agency, Russ ian Federation (135Kb)

From Britain with caution By Dr Alexey Gromyko Deputy Director, Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences and Head, Centre for British Studies (89Kb)

From brownfield to greenfield By DR JAMES HENDERSON Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Energy Studies (258Kb)

Meeting Europe’s energy needs By ALEXANDER MEDVEDEV Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Gazprom and Director General, Gazprom Export (16Kb)

Russia on the edge of change By RICHARD SAKWA Professor of Russian and European Politics, University of Kent and Associate Fellow, Chatham House (176Kb)

Economic cooperation By Siman Povarenkin Controlling Shareholder and Member of the Board, GeoProMining (80Kb)

A welcome step forward By STEPHEN DALZIEL - Executive Director, Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC ) (97Kb)


06.08.2015 - Russian Embassy comments on Foreign Office spokeswoman’s misleading statement

The Foreign Office made two misleading statements to the Daily Telegraph. It says that "visas for diplomats posted to the Russian Embassy in London are issued in line with arrangements agreed with Russia". The fact is that the bilateral memorandum in force between the two countries on visa issues of 1989 provides for visas for staff members of diplomatic missions to be issued within thirty days. It is not observed by the British side, the average waiting time reaching 5 and a half months.

06.08.2015 - Soviet documents on the US nuclear bombing of Hiroshima.

On the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima nuclear bombing the Russian Historical Society has published a report by Soviet Embassy on the consequences of the A-bomb.

05.08.2015 - Comment by press-secretary of the Embassy on a Russian citizen detention in a London airport

The Embassy has received information from a Russian citizen who, having read our travel advice of 3 August, 2015, has told us about her recent experience in a London airport, previously unknown to the Embassy. The Russian national was detained by the immigration authorities before crossing the border controls. The Home Office Border Force took interest in additional information regarding the purpose of visit of the Russian citizen, knowledge of Arabic and whether or not she visited Arab countries.

13.07.2015 - On the closure of “Rossiya Segodnya” bank account

Concerned over the closure of the bank account of “Rossiya Segodnya” news agency office in London at “Barclays” bank.

29.06.2015 - Book of condolences opened at the Embassy

Following the passing away of former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov a formal book of condolences has been opened at the Embassy. The book of condolences will be open on the 29th June 2015 from 14:00 to 17:00 and on the 30th June from 09:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00 at the Embassy of the Russian Federation at 6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 4QP.

29.06.2015 - Funeral ceremony for Yevgeny Primakov

Vladimir Putin visited the Hall of Columns at the House of Unions, where a funeral ceremony is taking place for Yevgeny Primakov.

29.06.2015 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s welcome address to the participants and guests of the 13th Conference of Russian and German Sister Cities

I welcome the participants and guests of the 13th Conference of Russian and German Sister Cities, which marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

29.06.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the results of the NATO defence ministers’ meeting

The results of the June 24-25 meeting of the NATO defence ministers in Brussels have, unfortunately, confirmed that the alliance still seeks to achieve military-political domination in Europe, as indicated by the decisions of the September 2014 NATO Wales summit.

29.06.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the terrorist act in Tunisia

The media reports that, on June 26, armed terrorists opened fire at tourists on the beach of the Riu Imperial Marhaba and Soviva hotels at the Port El Kantaoui tourist resort near the city of Sousse.

29.06.2015 - Press release on the death of Yevgeny Primakov (June 26, 2015)

The Foreign Ministry’s leadership and personnel have learned with great sorrow about the death of an outstanding political, government and public figure of our time, former Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov, who served in 1996-1998.

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