27 April 2015
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Victory Day celebrated in Britain

The anniversary of Allied Victory in Europe and the contribution of the peoples of the former Soviet Union will be celebrated in Britain.

On 24 April, representatives of the Defence Attaché’s office of the Embassy will lay flowers to the graves of Soviet servicemen in Shaftesbury, Tidworth, Aldershot and Bristol. If you wish to join them, please contact us (press@rusemb.org.uk), and we will send you details on the exact time of memorial ceremonies and location of the graves.

On 29 April at 14.00 a memorial to the members of the Soviet-British military mission who died in an air crash in 1942 in Yorkshire will be unveiled near the site of the crash: Vine House, Main Street, Great Ouseburn YO26 9RQ.

On 5 May at 15.00 the Birmingham Russian School will lay flowers to the Hall of Memory in central Birmingham (http://www.hallofmemory.co.uk).

Between 6-7 May, representatives of the Defence Attaché’s office of the Embassy will lay flowers to the graves of Soviet servicemen in Leeds, Chester, Liverpool, Hartlepool, Harrogate, Huddersfield. If you wish to join them, please contact us (press@rusemb.org.uk), and we will send you details on the exact time of memorial ceremonies and location of the graves.

On 7 May at 14.00 a remembrance ceremony will be held in Manchester at the Cenotaph (St. Peter’s Sq.) with participation of the city authorities and representatives of the Russian Embassy.

On 7-12 May special week of events will be held at the Russian Arctic Convoys Museum in Wester Ross, Scotland. For more information see http://www.russianarcticconvoymuseum.co.uk/tickets.php 

On 9 May at 10.45 flowers will be laid at the Soviet War Memorial near the Imperial War Museum in London, followed by the talk “Diplomat at war” at IWM (http://www.iwm.org.uk/events/diplomat-at-war). There will also be an invitation-only reception for the veterans of the Arctic Convoys aboard HMS Belfast and, from 18.30, a free gala concert of Russian and British bands at Hay’s Galleria.

On 9 May at 10.55 the wreath will be laid at the International Submarine Memorial in Dundee, Scotland together with the representatives of the local authorities and the consular corps. 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.

On 9 May at 14.30 a remembrance ceremony will take place in the Isle of Jersey (Westmount Memorial, near St.Helier Crematorium) with participation of theIsland’s authorities and representatives of the Russian Embassy.

On 9 May at 16.00 a meeting will take place in Hull (At the Monument of the Unknown Soldier (near House of Fraser) Paragon Street HU1 3JZ Hull).

On the eve of the Victory Day, celebrated on 9 May in Russia, many Russians, including those who live in Britain, wear a symbol of remembrance – orange and black St. George’s ribbon, which can be obtained free of charge from the Embassy (applications with your postal address should be sent by post to 6/7 KensingtonPalaceGardens, London W8 4QP or email press@rusemb.org.uk).

We can also send you, free of charge, Russian war dramas and documentaries on DVD with English voiceover and subtitles for hire (see full list and information about the films at http://rusemb.org.uk/films, subject to availability).

Another wreath will be laid in Scotland on 9 May at the Arctic Convoys Memorial on Isle of Hoy, Orkney.

If you wish to join the remembrance events in Scotland, please contact the Consulate General of Russia in Edinburgh (visa@edconsul.co.uk).


24.04.2015 - Ushakov Medals presented to 62 British veterans of the Arctic Convoys in Oxford

On 23 April at a ceremony in Oxford Minister-Counsellor Alexander Kramarenko presented Ushakov Medals, as well as commemorative medals “70 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945” to 62 Britons, who were awarded these honours for their personal courage and bravery displayed during their service in the Arctic Convoys in WWII. Participants of the ceremony, which took place at Oxford Town Hall, were warmly welcomed by Lord Mayor of Oxford Councillor Mohammed Abbasi and Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council Councillor Anne Purse.

20.04.2015 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a joint news conference following talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Zambia Harry Kalaba, April 17, 2015

Ladies and gentlemen, My Zambian colleague Harry Kalaba and I have held constructive talks. Zambia is a time-tested partner of Russia on the African continent. We have discussed bilateral relations and their prospects in detail, establishing mutual readiness to deepen trade and economic ties, as Russian companies are becoming increasingly interested in the Zambian market and Africa in general.

17.04.2015 - Russian Ministry of Healthcare Activities: Summing up Results for 2014

Preventive medical care development has reached an unprecedented level RF Ministry of Healthcare has implemented a strategy to encourage the population of Russia to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

15.04.2015 - Direct Line with Vladimir Putin will be held at 10 am (BST) on 16 April

On April 16, 2015, at 10 am local time the annual special Direct Line with Vladimir Putin will be broadcast live by Channel One, Rossiya-1 and Rossiya-24 TV channels, and Mayak, Vesti FM and Radio Rossii radio stations.

14.04.2015 - On unveiling Dashi Namdakov’s sculpture She Guardian in London

On 11 May 2015 the ceremony of unveiling of a monumental sculpture She Guardian by acclaimed artist, Dashi Namdakov will take place at London’s Marble Arch.

12.04.2015 - Points of Ambassador Yakovenko’s speech at a meeting with Lord Guthrie and members of his delegation (10 April 2015)

Dear Lord Guthrie, Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends, - I am delighted to welcome you on the eve of the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in WW2. All the nations of the anti-Hitler coalition and, above all, the peoples of the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom, made their contribution to the defeat of Nazi Germany.

12.04.2015 - 54-th Anniversary of Human Space Flight: 8 Facts you didn’t know about Yuri Gagarin

12 April was declared as the International Day of Human Space Flight by the UN General Assembly resolution. The first man in outer space – Russian Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Gagarin entered history on 12 April, 1961 when the spacecraft "Vostok-1" with the Soviet cosmonaut on board was launched from the Baikonur space centre. There are some unknown facts about the legend of space exploration.

10.04.2015 - Banner of Victory visits ISS

On 8 April 2015 a solemn ceremony dedicated to the transfer of Victory Banner to the cosmonauts of the Cosmonaut Training Center named after Yuri Gagarin was held. It was part of celebrations dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

09.04.2015 - 6th SLOVO festival of Russian literature held in London

From 11 to 19 of April 2015 6th SLOVO festival of Russian literature will be held in London.

07.04.2015 - Ambassador Yakovenko meets Russian scholar of Britain Elena Ananieva

On 7 April 2015 Russia's Ambassador to the UK Dr. Alexander Yakovenko met senior researcher of the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Europe Elena Ananieva. Mrs Ananieva also addressed the Embassy staff paying prinicpal attention to the Russo-British relations and the forthcoming general election in the United Kingdom.

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