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31.05.2018 - Official reply of the Embassy to the question of the media with regard to the rescheduling of the inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichny

Question: What is the reason for the delay of the inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichny, previously scheduled for 29 May? Answer: The Embassy is closely following the twists and turns of the inquest into the death of a Russian businessman A.Perepelichny, which has been conducted since 2012. The current delay has been explained by the fact that the judge is waiting for the concluded Home Office review into the 14 deaths allegedly linked to the Russian state, including that of Mr Perepilichny. The second reason is the British side’s ongoing negotiations with the US Government about the disclosure of information relevant to the Coroner’s investigation, as well as consideration of public interest immunity applications lodged by the UK Government in regards to these matters. The politically motivated preparation of a clearly anti-Russian report, as well as negotiations with American secret services, all spanning beyond the court’s control, raise questions of inquest dependency on the political order. Clearly, the UK secret services are in control of the investigation and unbalanced judicial proceedings are in demand. In such a state of affairs, one cannot set hopes too high on an equitable and objective investigation into the death of a Russian citizen. We would like to remind that the initial post-mortem examinations, conducted by the experts from the police and the UK Home Office, concluded that the death was non-suspicious. Later, representatives of William Browder (the “Hermitage Capital” Fund) were included in the inquest as Interested Persons. Side note: William Browder was convicted in absentia in Russia for committing serious financial crimes, which explains his obvious motivation for any anti-Russian activity. Various theories were immediately thrown in, including: “poisoning of the Russian with the toxic Gelsemium plant”, “poisoning with sorrel soup”, “alleged involvement of Russian officials and/or organized criminal group”. In the meantime, attempts were made to discredit the initial results of the police investigation and the widow of A.Perepelichny. In 2016, the UK Government has already classified, in other words, covered-up relevant materials from the Interested Persons. The idea behind the gimmickry of tossing unsupported theories in court, together with the de-facto cover-up of the materials related to A.Perepelichny, possessed by the British secret services, is quite clear: transform the theory of non-suspicious death into another conspiracy theory of a state-sponsored murder. Familiar British secret services modus operandi, traces of which can be seen in similar high-profile cases involving Russian citizens in the UK.


30.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the statements of British medics on the treatment of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Question: How could you comment on the statements of the Salisbury District Hospital staff on BBC “Newsnight” concerning the clinical care provided for Sergei and Yulia Skripal? Answer: We have carefully studied the statements of the British medical staff who treated Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Unfortunately, they have still not provided any answers to our questions. We have to note yet again that the Embassy is learning the details of the treatment of the two Russian citizens from media reports and not from British authorities, despite having filed many official requests; not to mention that this is happening almost three months since the incident. Moreover, the question about the use of antidote in the treatment previously raised with British authorities remains unanswered – the medics carefully walked around it saying only that they had used “combinations of drugs” and received advice from the Porton Down secret chemical weapons laboratory.


30.05.2018 - PHOTO: Brentwood Imperial Youth Band visits Russian Embassy

On 30 May 2018 the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band gave a performance at the Russian Embassy to mark their upcoming participation in the Kremlin military tattoo "Spasskaya Tower". The musicians played a selection of British and Russian tunes and were greeted by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko. The event was organized with the help of the Rossotrudnichestvo mission.


29.05.2018 - PHOTO: Alexander Yakovenko visits Oxford University

On 29 May 2018 Russian Ambassador Dr. Alexander Yakovenko visited Oxford University. The Ambassador saw the collections of Russian art at the Ashmolean Museum and presented a sculpture of William Shakespeare by the Honoured Artist of Russia, member of the Russian Academy of Arts Leonty Usov to the museum.


29.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer's Comments on the UK Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act

Q: Could you comment on the UK Sanctions and Anti-Money-Laundering Act (SAMLA) which has been recently enacted? A: First, it must be stressed that money laundering, corruption, tax evasion and other related cross-border crimes constitute global problems affecting all nations. They destabilize economies, violate human rights, create social tensions and undermine justice and democracy. Unfortunately, the situation in this field has been deteriorating over the past few decades. Hence genuine and sincere efforts to fight money laundering, including through the adoption of appropriate legislation, should be welcomed and appreciated. We believe it is especially important in the case of the UK, whose financial markets are extensively used by criminals to legalize their proceeds.


28.05.2018 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veteran

On 27 May Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medal to the Arctic Convoys veteran Mr William BRYANT who was awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for his personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.


28.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer replies to a media question concerning accusations against Russia of staging cyberattacks

Q: How would you comment on the British media allegations concerning “Russian cyberthreats”? A: Unfortunately, despite our numerous clarifications, the British media continues to reproduce such statements, which are based on pure assumptions.


26.05.2018 - VIDEO: Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko presents prizes to the winners of the Russia2018Quiz dedicated to the 2018 World Cup (Russian TV report)

Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko presents prizes to the winners of the Russia2018Quiz dedicated to the 2018 World Cup. Report on the Channel One (in Russian).


25.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s response to a media question about the investigation of the death of Nikolay Glushkov

Q: How would you comment on the investigation by British authorities of the death of Mr Nikolay Glushkov? A: Unfortunately, British authorities continue to refuse to cooperate on the investigation of the mysterious death on 12 March in London of former Deputy Director General of “Aeroflot” Mr Nikolay Glushkov. On 24 April, the Embassy sent to the Home Office an official request of the General Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation on legal assistance in the criminal case on the death of Mr Glushkov. However, there has been no reply. This amounts to a disregard by the British side of their obligations under the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters of 1959.


25.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question concerning current state of the investigation of the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Q: Did Yulia Skripal’s video statement of 23 May provide answers to the questions raised by Russia in relation to the Salisbury incident? A: Unfortunately, no, it didn’t.



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