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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).

26.04.2012 - Bureaucratic ordeal

Letter by Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for PM Vladimir Putin, published in The Guardian on 26 April 2012

24.04.2012 - Russia-UK: why culture vultures can soar above prickly political problems

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

24.03.2012 - Article by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, published in The Washington Times, March 23, 2012

Russia and the United States are the most advanced states in terms of nuclear energy use. We have put an end to the Cold War and the arms race, including the nuclear one. Today, our coun- tries have taken a common stand for the strengthening of the nuclear nonproliferation regime and have intensified their cooperation in combating nuclear terrorism. Russia expressed its full support for the proposal to hold a nuclear security summit (NSS) put forward by President Obama in 2009. The first summit took place in 2010 in Washington. We reaffirm our political commitments stated in its communique. Russia has signed and ratified the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and its amendment, as well as the Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, adopted by the international community at Russia's initiative. We call on other states that have not yet done so to expedite the completion of the necessary internal procedures for accession to these key international instruments.

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