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20.04.2018

Victory Day Celebrations in the UK

Several memorial events will be held in UK 2018 to celebrate the Victory Day.

5 MayOxfordshire car run. Starting point – stopover service 4, Motorway Service Area, Windsor Road, A355, Beaconsfield HP9 2SE from 11:00. The car run starts at 13:00. At 14:00 a festival will be held at "Haine Farmers" Oxfordshire, OX7 5QB https://www.facebook.com/events/904796229916318/  

5 May at 12 часов a Family concert dedicated to Victory Day takes place at Church of Holy Trinity, 98 Edinburgh Road, Northampton NN2 6QP. Tickets cost 5 £

6 May – Immortal Regiment march will be held in Derby, starting at 11:00. More info here https://www.facebook.com/groups/707785302696119/about/ "Immortal Regiment" is a rally of remembrance: people carry photos of their family members who fought in WWII. All British friends whose ancestors fought in the War are welcome to join this regiment of peace and gratitude.

6 May Victory Day celebrations in Mansfield at 15:00 at Cooltura Pub аnd Dining, Broxtow Drive, NG18 2JE Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. https://www.facebook.com/events/571089273237723/ 

6 May 18:00 in London the Victory Day concert at St Stephen's Church, Gloucester Rd, SW7 4RL London, supported by the . “Russian heritage” charity. For programme and tickets see https://billetto.co.uk/e/victory-day-concert-tickets-273284

6 May a lecture on Northern convoys will be held at «Boswell Book Festival», Dumfries House, Ayrshire.
Find out more here: https://www.boswellbookfestival.co.uk/…/david-craig-and-joh…

6 MayAct of remembrance and Immortal Regiment rally will be held in Manchester at 13:00 at Manchester Cenotaph, Princess Street.

7 May act of remembrance will be held at Dundee and Errol at 10.50
Find out more: https://www.google.co.uk/…/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x48865c…

7 May at 13.30 flowers will be laid at the war memorial on Errol airfield. More info here:
https://www.google.ru/…/@56.4…/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!4m1!3e0

7 May, Leeds: meeting with British and Russian WW2 veterans and concert (admission free). 17:00St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Road, Far Headingle LS16 5JT

9 May at 10:45 flowers will be laid at the Soviet War Memorial near the Imperial War Museum in London (address: Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ). https://www.facebook.com/events/1646683578778724/ 

9 May at 13:00: Act of remembrance and laying wreaths at the Cenotaph near the Belfast City Hall

9 May Immortal Regiment rally will be held in London at 14:30, starting from Trafalgar Square. https://www.facebook.com/events/577516289284387/ 

9 May Immortal Regiment rally will also be held in Cardiff at 14:00. Starting point at the City Hall near the Museum.

9 May Immortal Regiment rally in Edinburgh starting at 17:00  Adam Smith Statue, 192 The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RB. https://www.facebook.com/events/166139754092369/ 

9 May Victory Day concert of the Russian Community Council takes place at 18:00 at Rossotrudnichenstvo (floor 1, 37 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5ED). Free entrance. https://www.facebook.com/events/1692537077480545/ 

9 May “Mazaika Duo” concert, dedicated to Victory Day, takes place at 19:00 at the Pushkin House (5A Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2TA). Tickets cost £15-£35.

http://www.pushkinhouse.org/events/2014/5/9/concert-mazaika-duo-war-songs

12 and 13 May an act of remembrance will be held at Loch Ewe.

12 May at 17:00 an act of remembrance will be held at Aberdeen at 5 Menzies Road, Aberdeen.

13 May flowers will be laid at Northern convoys memorial (time will be determined later).
Memorial is situated here: https://www.google.ru/…/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0…

 

 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 and a self-addressed envelope with a 2nd class stamp should be sent by post to 6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QP).




LATEST EVENTS

15.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the ties between “Bellingcat” and secret services

Question: Russian officials claim that “Bellingcat” is connected to intelligence agencies of the Western countries, but do not present any evidence of such ties. Doesn’t such approach contradict Russia’s position on the Salisbury incident, the MH-17 catastrophe and other notable cases, where the Russian government is continuously demanding to publish proofs of accusations? Answer: There is no contradiction. The fact that “Bellingcat” is affiliated to the intelligence services is obvious considering the whole range of relevant circumstances: date of its foundation (several days prior to the MH-17 catastrophe), nature of published information (which combines signs of intelligence data and highly professional fakes), its orientation (always anti-Russian), timeline of publications (each time at the best moment from the point of view of interests of NATO countries), biography of its leader (Elliot Higgins suddenly turned from a PC gamer into an “icon of independent journalism), non-transparency of its internal structure and financing. If “Bellingcat” can provide any other plausible explanation for such combination of facts, it should be presented to the public.


15.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the British government calls to step up anti-Russian sanctions

Question: How would you comment on the news that the British government has been lobbying a new EU sanctions regime against Russian nationals allegedly involved in use of chemical weapons and cyber-attacks in Europe? Answer: We have taken note of the respective statement by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt of 14 October and the relevant media reports. These suggest that, faced with an imminent Brexit, the British government makes every effort to step up the sanctions pressure on Russia and to complicate as much as possible Russia-EU relations after Brexit.


13.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the investigation of the death of Nikolay Glushkov

Q.: 12 October marks seven months since the death of Nikolay Glushkov. Does the Embassy have any new information on this case? A.: Unfortunately, once again we have to state that the British side continues to evade any sort of cooperation with Russia with regard to the investigation of the death of former Deputy Director General of “Aeroflot” Mr Glushkov that occurred on British soil on 12 March. The British authorities continue to ignore numerous Russian requests, including the official request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation for legal assistance in the criminal case opened in Russia into the Nikolay Glushkov’s death. There are no answers to the Embassy’s proposals to arrange a meeting or consultations between the Investigative Committee, Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation experts and the Metropolitan Police representatives.


12.10.2018 - Ambassador Yakovenko’s introductory remarks at the press-conference on 12 October 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, In recent weeks we have received a number of media requests concerning the current state of bilateral affairs between Russia and the United Kingdom. I am also often asked how numerous anti-Russian statements by the British officials influence our approach towards the UK. Considering this, I have decided to invite you today to make respective short comments on these issues and answer your additional questions. Currently the relations between Russia and the UK are at a very low level. The reason for that lies in an aggressive anti-Ru ssian campaign launched by the current Tory government and supported by the British media.


09.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the new Bellingcat’s investigation

Question: How would you comment on Bellingcat’s claims that it has “tracked down Alexander Petrov’s real identity”? Answer: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has recently advised us to consider such publications and statements as a display of freedom of public debate into which the UK Government does not interfere. There have already been reports that the Home Office and Metropolitan Police would not comment on these “speculations”. This is exactly the case when we should follow the example of our British colleagues.


08.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the UK authorities’ reaction to Russia’s official requests following recent flagrant media publications

Question: The Embassy declared its intent to request clarifications from the British side following the recent accusations of cyberattacks, and the media reports on preparations for retaliatory cyberstrikes against targets in Russia. Has there been any response? Answer: Today we have received a reply from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which implies that, as before, the British side is not going to provide us with any details that may serve as the basis of the accusations. In this case, we are not in a position to make comments on the essence of those accusations.


05.10.2018 - Embassy comment on another groundless British accusation against Russia

On 4 October, UK Permanent Representative to OPCW Peter Wilson speaking on behalf of Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan claimed that the “GRU” allegedly “attempted to compromise UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office computer systems via a spear phishing attack” and “targeted computers of the UK Defence and Science Technology Laboratory”. The same day the UK National Cyber Security Centre stated that “multiple email accounts belonging to a small UK-based TV station were accessed and content stolen” and “the GRU was almost certainly responsible”.Today, the Embassy has forwarded a Note Verbale to the FCO demanding that the UK Government produces and immediately shares with the Russian side hard evidence and proofs supporting those claims, and informs about sources used to draw such conclusions. We have reminded, in particular, that Russia had repeatedly proposed expert consultations on cybersecurity in order to address UK’s concerns, if any.


04.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the BBC journalist Mark Urban’s book on Sergei Skripal

Q.: How would you comment on the Mark Urban’s book on Sergei Skripal published on 4 October? A.: We intend yet to study this book. At the same time, it is a well known fact that Mark Urban has close links with British secret services. This gives us grounds for considering this book as an attempt to compensate for Sergei Skripal’s public non-appearance as the key witness to the Salisbury incident. Instead of facts, the public is again offered speculation and guesses.


04.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the recent anti-Russian statement by the Foreign Office

Question: How would you comment on today’s statement by the Foreign Office accusing Russia of worldwide cyber-attacks on massive scale? Answer: This statement is reckless. It has become a tradition for such claims to lack any evidence. It is yet another element of the anti-Russian campaign by the UK Government.


03.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question on INF Treaty

Question: How would you comment on the latest statements by US officials on Russia’s alleged non-compliance with INF Treaty? Answer: Russia has repeatedly reaffirmed its commitment to the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty). The US allegations of Russian non-compliance relate to one particular missile type. While we have assured Washington on multiple occasions that the mentioned missile does not violate INF, the US has never explained the exact reasons of their preoccupation. These allegations divert attention from the American actions that are breaching a number of INF provisions.



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