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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