23 May 2018
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Annual week of cultural, sports and business events

Eastern Seasons returns to London from 28 November to 5 December 2016 with a week of cultural, sports and business events that will strengthen ties between the people of Eastern and Western Europe.
A key highlight of the week is the Russian-British Business Forum: Partnerships for Growth, New Strategies on 29 – 30 November, which aims to shape the agenda of trade and economic co-operation. The Forum will bring together some of Europe’s most powerful business and finance officials to discuss the challenges and opportunities for bilateral trade and economic cooperation between the UK and Russia. The key organizer of the event is Russian Trade Delegation in the UK. 200 attendees and 50 spokespeople will attend, representing a wide range of industries and interests at governmental and corporate level.
Eastern Seasons opens on 28 November with a captivating public classical music performance for music lovers entitled Time Regained, at the Royal Over-Seas League World Headquarters on St James’ Street. International virtuoso harpsichordist, Mahan Esfahani, will perform a compelling programme of baroque and contemporary classics together with the London-based Russian Virtuosi of Europe orchestra under direction of Yuri Zhislin.
An exclusive tennis tournament at the prestigious Queen’s Club will bring together international businessmen, politicians and government officials from the EU, the UK and Russia for a touch of healthy competition.
The finale of the week’s events will take place on 5 December, bringing together the most influential personalities from business, sport and culture for the Eastern Seasons Gala Dinner in support of charity partner Street Child United. Held in the bright and grand interiors of One Marylebone, this elegant fine dining event will be hosted by Sky Sports Presenter, David Garrido, with entertainment from talent such as British singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and award-winning international ballet star, Sergei Polunin. The evening will feature a charity auction, to raise money for the Street Child World Cup, to take place in Russia in 2018.

More info: http://www.easternseasons.com/



Victory Day celebrated in Britain

On 9 May 2018 the Victory in the Great Patriotic War was celebrated in London with a traditional wreath laying ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial near the Imperial War Museum. The participants included Russian and British veterans, representatives of the UK authorities, Embassies of Russia and other CIS countries, NGOs, Russian community. The "Immortal Regiment" of descendants of WW2 soldiers marched in London from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square along the Whitehall. Around 3500 people took part in this remembrance rally. Other events took place in Manchester, Derby, Leeds, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and other cities.


“Read Russia” stand opens at the London Book Fair

On 10 April Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko jointly with the Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications Mr Vladimir Grigoriev visited the official opening of the Russian national stand “Read Russia” at the 47th International London Book Fair (LBF-2018) at Olympia exhibition centre, London. “Read Russia” project is a traditional participant of London Book Fair. 2018 it presents over 500 book titles mostly by modern authors.


Reception to mark the Russia’s participation in the London Book Fair 2018

On 9 April 2018 the Russian Embassy hosted a reception to mark the London Book Fair 2018. “Read Russia” stand at LBF has already become a tradition. This year it proudly presents more than 500 book titles, mostly by modern authors. At the reception 2018 READ RUSSIA prizes were presented for best translations of Russian works of fiction, classical and contemporary, into English.


UK presentation on the Skripal case

During the UN Security Council session, the Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia presented the UK briefing paper. It is exactly the “document” based on which the UK Government chose to blame Russia and some other, mostly NATO countries decided to expel Russian diplomats. Below we present the slides in full and let our readers judge how convincing and detailed the British version is.


Recital by Anastasia Kuznetsova at the Russian Embassy

On 31 March 2018 the Ambassador’s residence hosted a recital by Anastasia Kuznetsova, daughter of the Nobel Prize laureate poet Joseph Brodsky. On her birthday Ms Kuznetsova, introduced by Keele University Professor Valentina Polukhina, performed her poems and songs. Actress of the Taganka Theatre Anna Agapova recited poems by Brodsky.


Russian Community activists meet in London

On 25 March an annual meeting of the Russian Community Council was held in London.


Reception in honour of departing Embassy staff at the Ambassador’s Residence

On 16 March 2018 Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko hosted a reception in honour of the diplomats forced to leave the UK by the hostile decision of the British Government, attended by Embassy’s staff, family members and their friends.


Russian delegation visits UK

On 11-13 March 2018 Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Grigory Trubnikov visited UK. The visit was dedicated to the successful end of the bilateral Year of Science and Education.


Russian Embassy hosts the concert by Mr Dmitry Masleev

On 12 March the Embassy hosted the private performance by Mr Dmitry Masleev.


Russian Embassy hosts briefing for diplomatic corps

On 5 March Ambassador Dr. Alexander Yakovenko welcomed Ambassadors accredited to London, senior Foreign Office staff, MPs and Lords and representatives of think tanks at a briefing dedicated to the Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly delivered on 1 March.

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