17 April 2014
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PRESS RELEASES

10.10.2012

On UK Arctic Convoy Veterans: Ushakov Medal

In May 2012 the Russian Side requested official permission of the UK Government for the British veterans of the Arctic Convoys to be awarded by the President of the Russian Federation the Ushakov Medal in recognition of their outstanding contribution to our allied cooperation during World War II. Under UK law the Embassy was required to provide the information concerning activities of intended recipients over the last five years, which will constitute grounds for conferring the award. So, the Embassy had to request the British veterans to provide the information regarding their participation in public/civil activities of local, national and international level over the last five years, which could be forwarded to the HM Government in support of our request. To date 813 letters from the veterans have been forwarded to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Now the Embassy is in receipt of a note of the Foreign Office which gives official response to our request. It states, inter alia, that the information supplied ‘does not describe any relevant service specific to Russia within the last five years’. Therefore it will not be possible for the Foreign Office to seek permission for those UK citizens named by the Embassy to accept and wear the Ushakov Medal. Were the Embassy to provide details of those veterans who satisfy to the “five year criterion” then the decision could be revisited. It is, however, difficult to imagine the persons in their late eighties and early nineties to do things similar to what they did at the time of the War 70 years ago.

Under the circumstances the Embassy has to express its profound regret that while the authorities of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA have granted permission to their veterans of the Arctic Convoys to be awarded the Russian award, we are not in a position to honour in the same way the courage and sacrifice of the British heroes of the Arctic Convoys. It does not diminish in any way our gratitude to them for their fightnig for the common cause of defeating Nazism and delivering Europe and the whole of mankind from this existential threat.

We’ll be writing to each British veteran to inform of the situation.  




LATEST EVENTS

16.04.2014 - Direct Line with Vladimir Putin will be held on April 17 at 12 pm

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 on April 17, 2014 at 12 pm Moscow time.


16.04.2014 - Russia without the West? (by Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor in chief of the journal Russia in Global Affairs, Chairman of Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy)

Historically important moments occur unexpectedly. Events that do not seem crucial by themselves can become turning points. The Ukrainian conflict which started as a result of Kiev’s refusal to sign the European Union Association Agreement ­– a technical 400-page legal document – nearly brought about the disintegration of the Ukrainian state while precipitating a grand international crisis.


15.04.2014 - Interview by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, in a special edition of the programme “Voskresny vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovim” on the “Russia 1” TV channel, Moscow, 11 April 2014

Question: Hello, Sergey Viktorovich. I feel that now you are not just a Minister of Foreign Affairs, but a Minister of Military Affairs. Every time I see and hear you, I sense a tremendous concern and think the world has gone mad. My generation does not remember such a level of escalation. What is really happening? Sergey Lavrov: I think that the entire world system is being reformatted, because after the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact disappeared, those whom we call “the West” lost their historical opportunities, when Russia proposed several initiatives, which would not only allow them to truly unite the European continent, but also the Euro-Atlantic region, including Eurasia.


11.04.2014 - Remarks by Counsellor Artem Kozhin at the ceremony of awarding of the Russian 1812 Patriotic War commemorative Cross to British railway engineer Gerry West (10 April 2014, London)

Dear friends, Today we have a remarkable opportunity to praise the effort of a British railway engineer and a devoted enthusiast of Russian history - Mr. Gerry West.


07.04.2014 - St. Petersburg Participating in the London Book Fair for the First Time

Saint Petersburg turns into a book capital of Russia. City administration is sure about this, having its stand at one of the largest book fairs in the world that’ll take place on April 8-10, 2014 in London.


02.04.2014 - Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding events related to 200 years since the birth of Taras Shevchenko in Russia

According to the plan approved by the Presidents of Russia and Ukraine in December 2013, events devoted to 200 years since the birth of Taras Shevchenko are being held in Russia.


01.04.2014 - Ambassador Yakovenko meets with Les SAISONS RUSSES du XX1e SIECLE team

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27.03.2014 - London Tales on Ukrainia, Crimea and “new Cold War” (Things said or implied in London)

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26.03.2014 - Regarding recall of the invitation to the Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh to the annual Dinner for the Consular Corps

It is with regret that we have to take note of the fact of recall of the invitation to the Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh to attend the annual Consular Corps Professional Group Dinner hosted by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs of the Scottish Government under an artificial pretext of ‘Russian annexation of Crimea’.


25.03.2014 - Presenting Russian Federation state decorations

Order of Honour - Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee.



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