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YAKOVENKO Alexander Vladimirovich

Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko arrived in London to assume his duties as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Court of St.James’s on 29th January 2011. Before his appointment, Dr. Yakovenko served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in charge of multilateral diplomacy (UN, UNESCO and other international organizations, economic and humanitarian co-operation, human rights, environmental co-operation, climate change, education, culture and sports).

Having graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Alexander V.Yakovenko, Doctor of Law and Professor, began his diplomatic career in 1976 and has since then occupied various positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, including the Department of International Organizations, the Permanent Mission of the USSR to the United Nations in New York, the Foreign Policy Planning Department, the Department of International Scientific and Technical Cooperation, the Department of Security and Disarmament, the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to International Organizations in Vienna, and the Information and Press Department.

Dr. Yakovenko participated in numerous sessions of the UN Security Council and General Assembly, the UNESCO General Conference, various OSCE forums, negotiations on conventional armed forces in Europe and confidence building measures, the IAEA Board of Governors meetings, the Russian-American Joint Commission on Economic and Technological Cooperation, and the G8 expert meetings.

He was also the head of the Russian delegation at the International Space Station negotiations (1993-1998).


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Professional:

2005-2011 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

2000-2005 – Spokesman of MFA of Russia, Director of the Information and Press Department, MFA.

1997-2000 - Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to International Organizations in Vienna.

1995-1997 - Deputy Director of the Department of Security and Disarmament, MFA, Russian representative at the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) Governing Board (Moscow).

1993-1995 - Deputy Director of the Department of International Scientific and Technical Cooperation, MFA.

1976-1993 held various diplomatic positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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Academic:

Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (Moscow)

Corresponding member of the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences (Kazan, Russia)

Member of the Space Council, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow)

Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA, Paris)

Member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL, Paris)

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Publications:

Author of several books and a manual on international law. More than 150 publications on international relations and Russian foreign policy, science, education and cultural issues.


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Date of birth: 21 October 1954
Place of birth: Gomel, USSR
Family: Married. Has a daughter
Languages: Russian, English, French



COMMENTS

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24.07.2014 23:34 - david

Arthur, I don't know who you are but:- Firstly, I am not an American, but an ordinary guy bringing up my family in Southern England. Secondly, I have no political agenda to promote and think the situation in other parts of the world (like Gaza) to be an equal affront to humanity. Thirdly, it is all circumstantial evidence, no one will be ever held to account but that does not eradicate the circumstantial evidence. Fourthly, this seems to be an open website, I can say what I want on it, either to you or the Ambassador, as others have, but you don't have to reply. Fifthly, I find your personal comments totally biased and insulting. Sixthly, the truth will never come out, but worldwide opinion will also never change. Seventhly I thought 'his excellency's" squirming press conference today ( I have watched all 21 minutes on this site) to be an insult to the 298 lives lost.


24.07.2014 23:01 - Arthur Noble

David, you must be utterly blind if you haven't see the accusations in the mainstream Western media accusing President Putin directly and personally (e.g. The Sun: "Putin's Missile") - or else you are totally naive. You are certainly biased. I am not prepared to continue this debate with you as you appear to be intellectually retarded. It is thanks to the Russian Ambassador that we have been able to correspond anonymously. The least you could do is show some respect for that facility and some common courtesy to his Excellency instead of criticising his country on his own website. You might not be alive today but for Russia's role in defeating Nazi Germany in WW2. The US has changed sides since then. Just look at the twisters and intellectual dunces in Washington today - an utter disgrace! I take it you are an American as your uninformed criticism is typical of the liars in Washington and the Nazis whom they installed in Kiev. I am British, and I despite the shameful performance of Hague and his replacement I know that the British people overwhelmingly support President Putin and Russia for their truthful reporting of the Ukraine fiasco, for which Washington is responsible. President Putin is a shining example of mature statesmanship and is to be commended for his measured reaction to the reprobates who orchestrated the Ukraine coup and the Goebbels-like propaganda emanating from the White House. I will not be continuing this debate with you. Write what you want. I will not be replying to your inanity from now on. The truth will come out in due course. Goodbye.


24.07.2014 20:26 - david

Arthur, nobody has ever asserted that either President Putin or any other Russian was responsible for this tragedy. The assertion is that this rag tag militia, who were 99.99% responsible, were being supported by Russia and were provided with the weapon by Russia. The "Yanks", as you refer to them, did exactly the same in Nicaragua 30 years ago. The fact that it seems 80 or so bodies are 'missing' is not doing your cause much good. Worldwide opinion is not going to change until somebody makes a reasoned statement and asks for forgiveness. That forgiveness will be forthcoming, as it is a good trait, in a positive future relationship between Russia and the West.


24.07.2014 17:27 - J de Wet

Mr Yakovenko, you looked like a squirming rat battling to get out of a tank of water during your interview. I am appalled that the BBC gave you time to spill your verbal rubbish. There is nopdoubt that RUSSIA and PUTIN are behind the murder of these 298 innocent peoopkle. May they live in your mind and that of Putin for the rest of both your lives.


24.07.2014 11:02 - Arthur Noble

Hi, David... The Yanks have ALREADY ADMITTED that Russia is not to blame!!! I am definitely terminating this conversation with you now.


23.07.2014 00:11 - david

Hi Arthur, good debate as always although you have today proposed two theories, one the Govt theory, the other from Alex Jackson, neither compatible., but unlike BBC who have not opened to comments, as their website would probably crash, we have had the opportunity to correspond, thanks to the Ambassador. Do you remember that book fom OJ.Simpson, think it was called "What if I did it", Good title hey!! Sleep well, regards to your Government and dream of 298 dead bodies, including that family of 6! You have no idea how angry we are! Now definitely signing off!


22.07.2014 23:45 - Arthur Noble

No point in continuing the debate, David. It doesn't matter how the guy described himself. It's the truth that matters, and it will eventually come out. Just you wait and see!


22.07.2014 23:20 - david

Looks like this debate has been closed down.


22.07.2014 21:11 - david

Arthur, In the interests of reasoned debate, I took a look at your link. Thanks for that. The guy describes himself as “a giant in America’s conspiracy subculture,” on his own website. You know, (9/11 never happened, Elvis lives on the moon etc.) Surely you cannot be serious in promoting this as the truth. As I said, the truth will probably never come out. But worldwide opinion will probably also not change.


22.07.2014 20:53 - Arthur Noble

No offence intended, David, but personal views don't count; it's the evidence that is needed. I posted a link to proving that KIEV was responsible, but this website would not accept an Internet link. I'm trying again, but it probably won't work. Here it is: www.infowars.com/whistleblower-u-s-satellite-images-show-ukrainian-troops-shooting-down-mh17/

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