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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

26.09.2017

Tim Peake s pacecraft ’s next epic journey... across the UK

• National tour of Soyuz TMA - 19M announced by Tim Peake, Samsung and the Science
Museum Group
• Soyuz could ‘visit a venue near you’ as competition announced to select one tour
destination


Tuesday 26 September: European Space Agency Astronaut Tim Peake launch ed a ‘first - o f - its - kind’ national tour of the Soyuz spacecraft u sed for his Principia m ission , with the aim of inspiring a generation of people across the country.
The Science M useum Group, which acquired the capsule Soyuz TMA - 19M in 2016, and global technology innovators Samsung, have joined forces to create The National Tour of Tim Peake’s Spacecraft and Space Descent VR. The Soyuz spacecraft will go on public display across the length and breadth of the British Isles, enhanced by Space Descent VR - a unique virtual reality adventure using Samsung Gear VR technol ogy which places visitors right at the heart of Tim Peake’s journey from the International Space Station back to Earth.
The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford is the first stop on this inspirational journey , as the Soyuz goes on display from Wed nesday 27 September – Sunday 19 November, before landing in Shildon, York, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.
It’s the first time that a Science Museum Group object has ever undertaken such a comprehensive tour of the UK, and the venture has a uni que twist as one more tour venue will be chosen via a public competition.
Any venue interested in being the sixth venue of the tour, in autumn 2018, can apply via an online competition form at group.sciencemuseum.org.uk. The deadline for entries is 1 Decem ber 2017, and the winner will be announced in March 2018, after consideration by a panel including Science Museum Group Director Ian Blatchford, the UK Space Agency’s Human Sp aceflight Manager Libby Jackson, Samsung’s Russell Taylor and Magali Vaissiere, D irector of the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications.
Tim Peake said: “ It is wonderful to be in Bradford for the start of another incredible journey for this spacecraft, which took me on a life - changing journey and delivered me safely back to Earth. I’m particularly happy that people up and down the UK now have the opportunit y to discover more about my Principia m ission and space travel, and that the Science Museum Group – with the support of Samsung – are doing so much to inspire the public and schools in this tour. I’d also urge anyone who wishes to see the capsule land near them to contact their local venues to app ly to be the sixth destination.”
Russell Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland, said: "Samsung has always had a passion for sparking curiosity and lifelong learning in everyone. Most of us have dreamed of going into space and it is our mission to bring that possibility to life. This national tour not only lets people see the Soyuz capsule up close, but the Space Descent VR gives them the most realistic experience there is."
Ian Bl atchford, Director of the Science Museum Group, said: “This is the first time the Science Museum Group has toured one of its objects around the country, and what better object than the craft that brought Tim Peake safely back from space? I’m particularly p leased that this tour will reach every one of our museums between London and County Durham to inspire visitors of all ages to engage with the science of space exploration.”
Jo Quinton - Tulloch, Director of the National Science and Media Museum, said: “This is another giant leap for us as we continue our journey to becoming one of the UK’s and world’s must - see museums. Having Tim Peake here to launch the Soyuz tour is extremely special. The Science Museum Group, Samsung and the European Space Agency have all collaborated to make something unique happen. I’d encourage people to come and see the Soyuz while they can – it’s a very significant piece of space history.”
Launching during the UK - Russia Year of Science and Education, The National Tour of Tim Peake’s Sp acecraft celebrates the truly global effort behind modern space exploration . Manufactured by RSC Energia for ROSCOSMOS the Russian Space Agency, the Soyuz tells the story of the UK’s first European Space Agency astronaut’s journey to the International Spac e Station.
It was acquired for the nation by the Science Museum Group in December 2016 and is the first flown human rated spacecraft in the UK’s national space technology collection. Space Descent VR , the stunning virtual reality journey voiced by Tim Pea ke himself , will accompany the touring exhibition and enable people all over the UK to experience in first - person the high - speed descent to Earth from the International Space Station. The full tour venues and dates are:

National Science and Media Museum, Bradford 27 September – 19 November 2017
Locomotion, Shildon 22 November 2017 – 15 January 2018
National Railway Museum, York 17 January – 8 March 2018
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester 10 March – 13 May 2018
National Museum Scotland, Edinburgh May – August 2018
Competition winner venue TBC
National Museum Wales, Cardiff November 2018 – January 2019
National Museum Ulster, Belfast February – May 2019
Tim Peake’s spacecraft – complete with its 25 - metre parachute – is free to visit at all venues, and Space Descent VR with Tim Peake will be available to v isitors aged 13 and over for £5/£6. The tour will be accompanied by an outreach programme to engage young people in schools with potential futures in STEM subjects.




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06.11.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning new claims on alleged links between members of the Russian community in the UK and intelligence services

Question: How would you comment on the claims in the British media that “half of the Russians in London are working for Russian intelligence”? Answer: Those publications are based on a report by “Henry Jackson Society”, an organisation that does not hide its anti-Russian position. But even this superficial and irresponsible report has been distorted by the media affiliated with the current Conservative government for the sake of sensation and a further increase of Russophobic sentiment in the British society. A non-committal phrase – “Reflecting the level of paranoia within London’s Russian community, interviewees and interlocutors suggested that anywhere between a quarter and a half of Russian expats were, or have been, informants” has been transformed by the media into a categorical statement: “The study said there were as many as 75000 Russian informants in London”.


01.11.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning “An Invisible Chain” speech by the UK Foreign Secretary

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01.11.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the statement by UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations Karen Pierce on Ukraine

Q.: At the UN Security Council Briefing on 30 October UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations Karen Pierce claimed general elections in the Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic to be illegitimate and a clear breach of the Minsk Agreements. How would you comment on this statement? A.: The elections in the Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic scheduled for November 11 are held to fill the power vacuum after the assassination of Alexander Zakharchenko, which cast suspicion on Ukrainian destabilizing activities in the east. This murder must not result in a halt to daily life in the region, people in Donbass need to carry on with their lives, making ends meet under constant blockade and the threat of the use of force from Kiev. The proposed elections have no bearing on the Minsk agreements, which pertain to municipal elections.


31.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the statements by Prime Minister Theresa May in Norway

Q.: On 30 October UK Prime Minister again claimed that Russia “deployed chemical weapons” in Britain. How would you comment on this statement? A.: We strongly reject these insinuations. Another portion of accusations of Russia is a far cry from reality.


29.10.2018 - Joint Statement by China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and United States

We, the nuclear weapon States recognized by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, reaffirm our commitment to the Treaty, in all its aspects, fifty years since its signature.


28.10.2018 - Joint Statement by the Presidents of the Republic of Turkey, the French Republic, the Russian Federation and the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the French Republic H.E. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Russian Federation H.E. Vladimir Putin, and Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany H.E. Angela Merkel gathered in Istanbul on 27 October 2018 for a Quadrilateral Summit on Syria.


26.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning publications on cyberattacks

Question: Recently there have been numerous publications in British media regarding alleged Russian hacker attacks against the UK infrastructure. Has the Embassy received any evidence from British officials on this? Answer: The Embassy has not received any official evidence from the British side on either of these publications. We believe this clearly shows that there is nothing behind them.


25.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the investigation of the death of Nikolay Glushkov

Question: Does the Embassy have any new information regarding circumstances of the death of the Russian citizen Nikolay Glushkov in London on 12 March? Answer: Unfortunately, we have to state once again that the British side evades any sort of cooperation with Russia with regard to the investigation of Mr Glushkov’s death.


22.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning comparisons in Britain between Russian and Saudi Arabia’s reactions to high-profile incidents

Question: After the reports concerning the death of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the British media have been drawing parallels between the actions of Saudi Arabia and Russia. Are there any good reasons for such comparisons? Answer: We have already stated that we would not be commenting idle talks. It is for journalists, not diplomats, to speculate on this kind of issues. However, we have taken note of yet another article by Boris Johnson in “The Daily Telegraph”, where he compares the death of Jamal Khashoggi to the so-called poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury. In particular, he insists that Saudi Arabia and Turkey should – and rightly so – provide the public with as much information as possible concerning the exact causes of the journalist’s death.



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