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12.11.2020

Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s address on the occasion of installing the memorial to the Soviet pilots in Errol, Scotland

Dear friends!

Today, on 11th November, Remembrance Day, the memorial to the Soviet pilots has been installed in Errol, Scotland, also commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II. I would like to say a few words about that episode of the war.

The Soviet Union desperately needed airplanes, and in 1943, in the heat of the bloody battles, the British Government passed over a number of twin-engine Albemarle bombers.

To perform the secret task of transporting them, a group of pilots from the Moscow special air group have come to the airbase in Errol in 1943 where they joined the RAF 305 Squadron, formed to prepare Soviet aircrew.

Before arriving to the UK for this allied mission, the Soviet pilots had participated in heavy battles of the Great Patriotic War. They have successfully completed this mission as well, although not everything went so smoothly. In 1943, during a training flight, one of the Albemarles went our of control. The crew, consisting of three Soviet pilots, lost their lives. In May 2019 a small memorial in their memory was unveiled in Fearnan. Today, we remember the feat of these men and the heroism of the Soviet pilots by unveiling this Remembrance Stone, brought from Russia, with a memorial plaque in the centre of Errol.

Installing this memorial today is a way to remember the true brotherhood of arms of the Soviet and the British peoples, a rightful example of which was Operation Albemarle.

The memorial in Errol is a result of voluntary and selfless efforts of the people of Russia and UK, united by the desire to preserve this memory for the future generations. It is noteworthy that the Remembrance Stone is made from the same Shoksha raw pink quartzite from the Republic of Karelia, as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Kremlin Wall in Moscow.

I would like to thank everyone who participated in installing this memorial – Dennis Melloy, the Provost of Perth and Kinross, Brigadier Sir Melville Stewart Jameson, the owner of the former Errol Airfield Morris Leslie, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Karelia Alexey Lesonen, the designer of the memorial, Karelian sculptor Alexander Kim, the designer of the memorial plaque and the grandson of one of the pilots Ivan Yudinkov, the Director and all the employees of the company Petrozavodsk Paper Machinery Corporated, where the plaque was made, and of course Anna Belorusova, who made it possible for the story of the legendary Soviet air group and the Soviet-British allied mission Albemarle to be widely known and for today’s event to take place.

On this glorious day I would like to wish all Russians and Britons good health, longevity, well-being and, most important, a peaceful sky above our heads!





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12.10.2020

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's message of congratulations on the occasion of the 175th Anniversary of the St Mary and St Nicholas Church in Wilton

Dear Rector Wood, Dear congregation, On behalf of myself and everyone at the Russian Embassy in London please accept our most sincere congratulations on the occasion of the 175th Anniversary of the St Mary and St Nicholas Church in Wilton. On this momentous day it is an honourable pleasure to remember that our Russian compatriots have played a decisive role in building the Church, as it was done upon the initiative of Catherine Woronzow, Countess of Pembroke. It is a vivid demonstration of how powerful we can be when we join the efforts of all the faithful and those compassionate toward the present and the future of the church.


08.08.2020

Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s on The Agenda with Stephen Cole at CGTN, 08.08.2020

Ambassador Andrei Kelin gave an interview to Stephen Cole on CGTN Europe's "TheAgenda".


21.07.2020

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview with ITV News, 21 July 2020

Ambassador Andrei Kelin gave an interview to ITV News, speaking on the release of the Russia Report and the current state and prospects of Russia-UK relations.


21.07.2020

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview with Sky News, 21 July 2020

Q: Thank you Mr Ambassador for speaking to us today. My first question is have you seen the report today, have you read it, what do you think? A: Yes, of course, I’ve seen it and and I have read it this morning. My first impression is that the Shakespeare’s phrase is very much applicable to it: much ado about nothing. The report is called “Russia”. But if you put the name of any other country, it will be the same, because this report is not about Russia. It is about the relationship between different intelligence agencies inside the UK.


19.07.2020

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to Andrew Marr on The Andrew Marr Show on BBC

Ambassador Andrei Kelin gave an interview to Andrew Marr on his BBC programme The Andrew Marr Show


17.07.2020

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to RT Arabic

Russian Ambassador to UK Andrei Kelin gave an interview to RT Arabic programme Newsmaker, speaking on current state and prospects of Russi-UK relations, as well as Russia's view on topical issues of the international agenda.


10.07.2020

Concert at the Russian Embassy in London on the Day of Family, Love and Faithfulness

Concert at the Russian Embassy in London dedicated to the Day of Family, Love and Faithfulness, 8 July 2020.


24.06.2020

British veterans of the Arctic Convoys awarded with Russian commemorative medal '75 years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945'

This year, to mark the 75th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, British veterans of the Arctic Convoys have been awarded with Russian commemorative medal '75 years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945'. We will allways be grateful to you for your contribution to our common victory against Nazi Germany and we shall never forget those who sacrificed their lives for today's peaceful sky. Thank you!


12.06.2020

Russian Embassy online concert ‘Loving Russia’

Russian Embassy online concert ‘Loving Russia’


12.06.2020

Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s congratulatory message on Russia Day

Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s congratulatory message to Russian compatriots on the occasion of Russia Day



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