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09.12.2011 - Remarks by Ambassador Yakovenko at Visa-Free Barbecue: Europe without borders

Dear friends, I’m happy to welcome here everyone who has been able to make it through our “passport control”. As you can see, we have tried to bring our guests closer to the topic we are discussing – the present and future of visas.


09.12.2011 - Visa policy of the Russian Empire History essay for the Visa-Free Barbecue (8 December 2011)

We arranged today’s discussion so that we could critically and with the hindsight of historical experience look at how the present-day visa restrictions meet the realities of the modern world. In the age of public diplomacy, freedom of movement, support of tourism and abandonment of excessive visa and customs barriers, the unnecessary complication of visa rules sounds like an obvious relict, the echo of recent past barring the development of ties between people. I would presume that such barriers are a kind of reflection of the Iron Curtain in the minds of policy-makers who still look at Eastern Europe with a little bit of misgiving.


30.11.2011 - Article by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko published on 29 November 2011 in the Daily Telegraph (Russia Now supplement)

Nuclear power after Fukushima is a topic being discussed on many professional forums. Several governments, facing pressure from NGOs and the public, have had to declare that they will abandon nuclear energy. But for the time being, the situation is virtually unchanged: plants are still in operation and will remain so at least through the 2020s, including those in Germany and Switzerland. And nuclear plants that were being built at the time of Fukushima are still being built. Some countries (the UK, South Korea and Saudi Arabia) plan to generate a bigger proportion of their energy through nuclear power.


29.11.2011 - Welcoming remarks of Ambassador A.Yakovenko at the annual Russian Banking Forum

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am glad to welcome you in London at the 18th Russian Banking Forum held under the aegis of the Adam Smith Institute Conferences. Today I for the first time and with much pleasure participate in the work of your annual forum which has become a good tradition. For several decades it has been bringing together leading Russian bankers, their foreign counterparts from the City and international investors in the British capital, which allows to take the temperature of the domestic banking sector and outline plans for the next year. In this regard, I note with pleasure that the topic of the conference “Time for Growth: New Strategies – New Directions” reflects the positive processes, which, as far as I can judge, are taking place in the Russian banking industry and economy in general.


28.11.2011 - Opening address by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at the “Russia at International Markets” Conference at the London Stock Exchange

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear guests, I am glad to welcome you at the London Stock Exchange Conference focusing on Russia and its dynamic financial services market. As far as I am informed, today you also mark the 10th anniversary of the International Order Book and the 5th anniversary of Russian IOB Derivative Service – important tools for global investors and all bidders who deal with equity instruments of Russian companies.


21.11.2011 - Interview by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko to Menu Magazine

The residence of the Russian ambassador in Great Britain is located in the prestigious Kensington Palace Gardens, the street of embassies and billionaires. Private vehicles are prohibited to enter for security reasons. Although the armed security guards let London taxis past the barriers – evidently it is believed that real terrorists don’t drive in taxis to commit acts of terrorism.


14.11.2011 - Address by Alexander Yakovenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the UK, to the participants of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce investment forum in Moscow.

Dear friends, I am happy to welcome all guests and participants of the Russia TALK investment forum. It gives me pleasure to extend greetings to the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce on the occasion of its 95th anniversary and wish great success, exciting new projects, brilliant ideas and many more years of work to the still energetic, regardless of its respectable age, organization.


13.11.2011 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s remarks at Remembrance Day ceremony at the Soviet War memorial in London, 13 November 2011

Today, we are laying wreaths to the Monument to 27 million of Soviet citizens who lost their lives in World War II, and by doing so we are paying our tribute to all those who fell in war battlefields.


11.11.2011 - On NT production of “Collaborators”

On 9 November at the invitation of the National Theatre a representative of the Russian Embassy was present at NT Forum on Collaborators сhaired by Martin Sixsmith with participation of Sir Roderic Lyne. After the discussion that provided an in-depth view of the relevant historical context of the play, Minister Counsellor Alexander Kramarenko with other participants watched the performance in the Cottesloe Theatre. We welcome the interest of the British in Russia’s history, including the use of that material for raising truly global, existential issues of universal importance. This interest has been recently testified to by The BBC Radio-4 dramatization of Vassily Grossman’s Life and Fate.


10.11.2011 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s congratulations for Valery Salygin, Director of the MGIMO International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy

Dear Mr Salygin I have the pleasure to extend to you my heartfelt greetings on the occasion of the first “serious” anniversary of the MGIMO International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy.


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