26 April 2018
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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.

This year is also the centenary of the dramatic events of 1917 that changed Russia and the world – and the Hermitage hosted a must-see exhibition, a short film about which you can see today in our library.

One more important highlight for today is the launch of the book – “Natter’s Museum Britannicum British Gem Collections and Collectors of the mid-Eighteenth Century”. It will be presented by Sir John Boardman.

So we have more than one reason to celebrate art tonight. But there is still one more. Let us greet Dr Rosalind Polly Blakesley. She is the renowned specialist in Russian classical painting, author of the award-winning book “The Russian Canvas” and the curator of the highly successful “Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky” exhibition of the Tretyakov Gallery portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, which became a highlight of The Year of Language and Literature 2016. Today I have the pleasure, on behalf of the President of the Russian Federation to award Dr Blakesley with the Pushkin medal. This is the medal, named after our national poet, awarded for outstanding contribution to culture to Russian and foreign nationals.

Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause for Dr Blakesley.

I would like to give the floor to the Chairman of the trustees of the Foundation James Dawney who will be followed by Sir John Boardman.





LATEST EVENTS

10.04.2018

“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.


09.04.2018

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.


07.04.2018

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.


01.04.2018

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.


26.03.2018

Russian Community activists meet in London

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


17.03.2018

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.


14.03.2018

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.


12.03.2018

Russian Embassy hosts the concert by Mr Dmitry Masleev

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


05.03.2018

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.


27.02.2018

Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s remarks at the Defender of the Fatherland Day reception, 27 February 2018

Your Excellencies, Military Attachés, Ladies and Gentlemen, Today it gives me a great pleasure to welcome you all at this reception. We celebrate the Day of the Russian Armed Forces – probably the most cost-effective military organization on this planet. At least that's what I see from the figures published by the very respectful IISS institution – Russia spends 46 bln. US dollars on defence, whereas UK – 52 bln. dollars, USA – an amazing 600+ bln. and all NATO countries combined – more than 1 trillion dollars. And still even with this absolutely disproportional defence spending Russia manages to maintain an Army which effectively fights terrorism in Syria, protects our borders and sovereignty at home.



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