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30.07.2012 - Full text of the interview by PM Dmitry Medvedev to The Times newspaper

Question (via interpreter):Perhaps we can start with your impressions of yesterday's Olympics’ opening ceremony: What did you think of it? How did you like it?


18.07.2012 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s address at wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Revd. Iakov (James) Smirnov

Today, as we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Russia-UK peace treaty which sealed our alliance against Napoleon, we have gathered to pay tribute to an outstanding personality - Iakov (or James) Smirnov, who was posted to London in 1780 and spent almost 60 years here acting not only as a spiritual father for the Russian compatriots and all other Orthodox Christians in Britain, but also as a diplomat. Twice during the turbulent times of the Napoleonic wars he was left in charge of the Embassy, maintained link with Russia and cared about the Russian community.


09.07.2012 - President Putin's address at the meeting of Russian ambassadors and permanent representatives

As you know, today, Russia is observing a national day of mourning for those killed in the south of our country and in the road accident in Ukraine. This is a great tragedy, a great misfortune. I ask you to stand and honour the victims’ memory with a minute of silence.


26.06.2012 - The noble struggle of 1812 has lessons for us today

Article by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko in Russia Now supplement of The Daily Telegraph


18.06.2012 - Article by President Vladimir Putin, published by the Mexican daily El Universal

An unprecedented crisis hit the global economy four years ago, sending visible ripples around the entire world and affecting every country to some degree.


15.06.2012 - On the Right Side of History

Article by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov published in Huffington Post UK


08.06.2012 - Russian law on regulating protests

We are striving for legislation that is comparable to the regulation of political protests in the west and that is, indeed, inspired by the European example. The draft – which has been adopted by parliament and is awaiting the president’s signature – increases fines for unsanctioned demonstrations to Rbs 300,000. This is equivalent to £5,900, not dissimilar to the £5,000 fine protesters could face in the UK if convicted under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act.


30.05.2012 - Our security concerns must be taken seriously

Article by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko in Russia Now supplement of Daily Telegraph


12.05.2012 - Message from HM The Queen for British and Russian WW2 veterans, 9 May 2012, read out by HRH The Duke of Gloucester on HMS Belfast

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10.05.2012 - Address of Alexander Kramarenko, Minister-Counsellor of the Russian Embassy, at the Victory Day wreath laying ceremony, Soviet War Memorial (London, 9 May 2012)

To say that the 9th of May is a very special day in Russia would be a gross understatement. It is about life and humanity’s true mission on Earth. For it is not as much about Victory, which was granted by God to the people that were on the right side of history, as about its price, the sacrifices that made it possible. As is said in the Bible, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John, 15:13).


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