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1296 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1288 days have passed since the death of Nikolay Glushkov on British soil - no credible information or response from the British authorities



Embassy Press Officer responds to a media question regarding MoD Porton Down secret laboratory activity

Q: How would you comment on the statement by the head of MoD secret laboratory at Porton Down, Gary Aitkenhead, who said that “we would not be allowed to operate if we had lack of control that could result in anything leaving the four walls of our facility”? Doesn’t that mean that there is something that potentially could escape the “four walls”?

A: Indeed, we have noted that statement by the lab’s chief executive. This amounts to admitting that the secret facility is a place where new components of military-grade poisons are being researched and developed. Most notably, Mr Aitkenhead did not deny the existence of chemical weapons stocks. Apparently, they include the A-234 agent that, according to official British statements, was used to poison the Skripals and Sgt Bailey.

By the way, on 19 March Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also hinted at those stocks in his interview to Deutsche Welle’s Zhanna Nemtsova.

These statements leave us with no choice but to reiterate our demand for full information on the Salisbury poisoning investigation to be provided and for the Porton Down military poisons programme to be fully disclosed.


17.09.2021 - Some features of the private visa

When parents of a Russian child are not married, the foreign parent can also apply for a single-, double- or multiple-entry private visa upon a written invitation of the second parent (Russian national).

16.09.2021 - Presiden Putin's address to citizens of Russia ahead of State Duma elections

President Vladimir Putin addressed the citizens of Russia ahead of the State Duma election.

15.09.2021 - VIDEO: The update on rules for multiple-entry private visa to Russia

The update on rules for multiple-entry private visa to Russia explained by the Head of the Consular Section of the Russian Embassy in London, Kirill Sokolov-Sherbachev

10.09.2021 - VIDEO: Ambassador Andrei Kelin's address at the sister-city Sochi-Cheltenham forum, 10 September 2021

Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin's address at the sister-city Sochi-Cheltenham forum dedicated to the launch of the sixth season of the Russian-British International Film Festival and Awards (SIFFA) in Cheltenham on 10 September 2021.

08.09.2021 - Multiple-entry private visas to close relatives.

According to the last amendments to the visa regulations from 1 September 2021 it is possible to apply for a multiple-entry private visa to close relatives of Russian nationals for up to 1 year.

07.09.2021 - Multiple-entry tourist visas

Since 25 August 2021 amendments to Article 25.6 of the Federal Law "On the procedure for leaving the Russian Federation and entering the Russian Federation" entered into force. Now a single or double-entry tourist visa for up to 3 months or a multiple-entry tourist visa for up to 6 months can be issued on the basis of the tourist «Confirmation» (which goes along with the «Voucher»).

03.09.2021 - Lifting the 14-days isolation for passengers arriving from the UK

The isolation for those arriving to Russia from the UK is no longer required.

03.09.2021 - VIDEO: 76th Anniversary of the End of WWII

On 3 September 2021, representatives of the Russian Embassy in London took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial, commemorating the 76th anniversary of the end of WWII.

03.09.2021 - VIDEO: 76th anniversary of the end of World War II, 3 September 2021

76 years ago World War II ended. On 2 September 1945 (Tokyo time, 3 September in Russia), Japan signed the Instrument of Surrender, which meant that the horrific war was finally over. Today we remember those who made our common Victory possible. We must never let such events happen again.

30.08.2021 - VIDEO: Ambassador Andrei Kelin's address on the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the first Arctic convoy "Dervish" arrival in the port of Arkhangelsk

Dear participants, Today we are commemorating a memorable anniversary of our shared history: 80 years ago, on this day the first Arctic convoy «Dervish» arrived in the port of Arkhangelsk with strategically important cargoes for the needs of the Red Army. The sailors of the Allied countries demonstrated true heroism, sending the aid by the shortest route in harsh Arctic conditions under enemy fire. Thus, in the first months of the war, which were the most difficult for the USSR, the Allies made a significant contribution to the fight of the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany. The courage, valor and strength of character of our peoples are a vivid example of «brotherhood in arms» and mutual assistance which united our countries against the German fascists. These glorious pages are forever inscribed in the history of our common victories.

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