21 February 2018
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On the opening of the new Arctic Convoys Museum in Aultbea

In the framework of the commemorative festival in Pool-Ewe arranged by the Russian Arctic Convoy Project on 7th May this year an opening of a new Museum of the Arctic Convoys took place in Aultbea in the bay of Loch-Ewe.

At the opening Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh Andrey A.Pritsepov said: "I hope to see all these important historical places of worship, grief and pride working together in a strong global network aimed at remembering and promoting the strength of human spirit of those who sailed in these legendary Convoys".

Several special gifts were donated to the Museum. These were artifacts commissioned to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the First Convoy: a book with the Arctic Convoys Veterans' stories and an exclusive gift set with the official tartan of the Arctic Convoys both commissioned by the Russian Consulate General, and a mini-copy of the monument to the Arctic Convoys in St Petersburg.

The construction of the new building was made possible largely thanks to donations. Now museum faces a new task – to buy the building into ownership. To find information how to support the Museum and preserve the heritage of the Arctic Convoys, please contact the Museum Administration at http://www.theracmproject.org.





LATEST EVENTS

10.02.2018

Heritage activists honoured on Diplomats' Day

On 9 February 2018, at the reception on the occasion of Diplomats' Day, Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko presented letters of recognition to those who contributed to the commemoration of the 320 anniversary of Peter I's visit to London. Ambassador Yakovenko said:


09.02.2018

Embassy celebrates Diplomats’ Day

On 10 February Russia marks the professional holiday of the diplomatic service, established by a Presidential decree in 2002 to commemorate its foundation in 1549. On 9 February the Russian embassy hosted a reception attended by diplomatic corps, local authorities, journalists and distinguished community members. Highlight of the evening was screening of the documentary “Kremlin – sacred heart of Moscow”, presented by its filming team. Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko presented letters of recognition for commemoration of Peter the Great’s 1698 Grand Embassy in Deptford. World famous pianist Yuri Rozum played at the event. Following the tradition, Ambassador Yakovenko laid a wreath to the grave of Ambassador Alexander Benckendorff at the Westminster Cathedral, and members of Embassy staff laid flowers to the graves of Russian Chargés d’Affaires Fr. Iakov (James) Smirnove at Kensal Green Cemetery and Evgeny Sablin at Brompton Cemetery. In the run-up to Diplomats’ Day, Ambassador Yakovenko met with students of University College London and University of East Anglia, and one more Embassy Q&A was hosted by the Durham University.


09.02.2018

Meeting with "Glasgow Rangers" FC

On 8 February 2018 Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh Andrey A.Pritsepov received the head of one of the oldest Scottish football clubs "Glasgow Rangers" Scott Steadman and the legendary player of the club William Henderson. They discussed prospects for renewal of cooperation with the Russian clubs, in particular the "Dynamo Moscow" team, with participation of youth and junior teams, coaches and fan associations. They presented an album "Rangers in Russia: The Story of the 1962 Tour" to the Consulate General, which tells about the memorable matches played by Rangers with the teams “Locomotive Moscow”, “Dynamo Tbilisi” and “Dynamo Kiev”.


06.02.2018

Presentation of the “Innopolis” special economic zone

On February 1, 2018, the Russian Embassy to UK with support of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce hosted a presentation of the investing capacity and innovation opportunities offered by the “Innopolis” special economic zone which was created in 2012 in the same-name suburb of Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan with the aim to promote information and communication technologies.


26.01.2018

Holocaust Remembrance Day marked in London

On 26 January 2018 a ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial near the Imperial War Museum marked the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.


16.01.2018

Restored Sayes Court memorial marks 320 anniversary of Peter the Great's visit to London

On 16 January 2018 Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko and Mayor of the London borough of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock unveiled a memorial plaque at Sayes Court Park, Deptford. The memorial, which replaces a previous lost one, marks the ancient mulberry tree which, according to the popular legend, was planted by the Tsar Peter the Great himself during his stay at Deptford Dockyard, when he visited England in January-April 1698 with his Grand Embassy to Western Europe. The mulberry still bears fruit and was shortlisted for the 2017 England Tree of the Year award, where it received a runner-up prize. The memorial was created by the Russian sculptor Alexander Kirilin, who also attended. The costs were crowdfunded by the “Russian Heritage” committee and the Russian Community Council, and a number of Russian-speaking communities in and outside London also contributed, as well as Russian cultural centre "Rossotrudnichestvo" and Russian Embassy employees.


18.12.2017

Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the Hermitage Foundation UK reception

Ladies and gentlemen, It’s a great tradition for us to host Hermitage Foundation UK here every year. It is an honour to meet the people who make such an outstanding contribution to this great museum which was named Best Tourist Destination of Europe last year. We know and appreciate your effort and dedication. And this year a very important and little known part of the Hermitage treasures is on tour at the British Museum – I’m sure you have seen the breath-taking Scythians exhibition there.


12.12.2017

Russian Embassy hosts FIFA-2018 World Cup presentation

On 12 December the official presentation of the FIFA-2018 World Cup Russian was held in the Ambassador’s Residence.


04.12.2017

Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veterans

On 2-3 December Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medals to the Arctic Convoys veterans Mr David DOUGLAS, Mr George LANE, Mr Michael LOCKE and Mr Raymond BILBIE, who were awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for their personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.


27.11.2017

Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veterans

On 24-26 November Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medals to the Arctic Convoys veterans Mr James JACQUES, Mr Cristobal CAMPOS, Mr Raymond WILSON and Mr Albert DICKSON, who were awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for their personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.



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