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19th World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi

Media registration for the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students will take place from July 3 to August 31, 2017.
Before completing a registration application, carefully review the accreditation rules for media representatives at the WFYS 2017 in the ‘Media’ section of the festival website.
To ensure comfortable working conditions and quick access to all the necessary resources, the number of media representatives who can participate in the festival is limited.
1. To complete a registration form on the official festival website.
Please complete all fields of the registration application, particularly the fields marked with a *. Pay close attention to the correct writing of your personal data: the information you enter will be printed on your badge.
Pay close attention to the requirements for your badge photo:
- ‘document’ type of colour photo in JPEG format;
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- photo size of 480×640;
- 300 dpi resolution (photo quality);
- the image must be full-face without any headgear;
- your face image must take up at least 70% of the photo.
When completing a registration application, you can simultaneously register all media members from your organization who wish to take part in covering the WFYS 2017 (Step No. 4 of the application – Media representatives). Information about the status of your accreditation request as well as other additional information will be sent to the email you listed in your contact information (Step No. 2 of the application – Contact information).
2. Download the cover letter from the media organization on the festival’s official website (Step No. 4 of the application – Media representatives) or submit to the festival directorate via the email address: press@russia2017.com or by fax: +7 (495) 777 1003 (ext. 801) within 2 weeks after submitting your application.
The letter must be prepared on the organization’s letterhead and signed by the director or a person performing the director’s duties (based on an order or a power of attorney; a copy of the order or power of attorney must be attached). ATTENTION! For foreign media members, a copy of the accreditation card from the press service of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is sufficient in place of a letter of support.
Applications without a letter of support will not be accepted! The WFYS Directorate reserves the right to deny accreditation.
Contact info:
Tel.: +7 (495) 777 1003 (ext. 5)
Fax: +7 (495) 777 1003 (ext. 801)
Email: press@russia2017.com


17.12.2017 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veteran

On 14 December Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medal to the Arctic Convoys veteran Mr Charles Jesse Richard Cooper, who was awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for his personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.

16.12.2017 - Embassy press secretary answers media question on sea cables

Q: For a week already retired and serving British servicemen have been talking about the possibility of Russia severing UK’s underwater internet cables in case of war. How serious is that? A: Such sensationalist statements can cause but regret, as they are fanning the flames for the unwholesome sentiment created by PM Theresa May’s “banquet speech”. Instead of discussing European security, an important issue for all the European nations including UK, London keeps speculating on numerous mind-boggling scenarios of a hypothetical conflict. The reasons look obvious – but even if the UK military needs money so badly, why intimidate people this much?

15.12.2017 - Embassy press secretary comment on Chris Bryant’s “open letter to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson”

Q: Do you have any comments on the “open letter to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson” by Chris Bryant MP in The Times, alleging that the Russian hosts would “discombobulate” him on his forthcoming visit to Moscow? A: We deplore the attitudes shown by Mr Bryant – especially taking into account his current position as the chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on Russia, which is meant to contribute to dialogue between Britain and Russia, not undermine it. These are definitely not the best parting words for the Foreign Secretary heading to Russia soon. We expect a more constructive approach from the British side on this important visit, and, as the recent visit of Sir Alan Duncan to Moscow proved, a responsible dialogue is possible.

15.12.2017 - Embassy hosts charity concert

On 9 December 2017 the Russian Ambassador’s residence hosted a charity concert for the foundation Nadezda (Hope) which helps children from Russia's Tver region. The young opera singer Aigul Akhmetshina (Royal Opera House) performed works by Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Rossini, Rachmaninoff.

11.12.2017 - Сharity dinner in honor of the Arctic Convoys Veterans on the occasion of St Andrews Day

On 7 December Rotary Club of Motherwell and Wishaw host a charity dinner on the occasion of St Andrews Day with the participation of the Arctic Convoys veterans.

11.12.2017 - President Putin visited Khmeimim Air Base in Syria

December 11, 2017, 13:00, Syria At the air base, Vladimir Putin was met by President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad, Russian Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu and Commander of the Russian military group Sergei Surovikin. The Commander-in-Chief ordered the withdrawal of the Russian military group from Syria back to their permanent bases.

11.12.2017 - Russian President Vladimir Putin met President of Syria Bashar al-Assad

President Putin met with President of Syria Bashar al-Assad while on a tour of the Russian airbase at Khmeimim. The two leaders discussed the outcome of the counterterrorism operations in Syria.

09.12.2017 - Press release on First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov’s consultations with British Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan

On December 8, First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov had consultations in Moscow with British Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan.

08.12.2017 - Moscow Exchange Forum in London

On 6-7 December 2017 the Moscow Exchange held an Annual Business Forum in London, that marked its 25th anniversary and highlighted investment opportunities in Russia. The event gathered more than 400 top managers and high-ranking representatives of European, American and Asian banks, investment funds, service sector companies and professional associations.

05.12.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s message of greetings to organisers and participants in the 7th international forum The Arctic: Present and Future

Let me cordially welcome the organisers and participants to the 7th international forum The Arctic: Present and Future. Your Forum has confidently asserted itself as an authoritative venue for discussing the current issues on the Arctic agenda. The traditional representative composition of the participants makes it possible to consider every aspect of a broad range of issues related to ensuring the Arctic’s sustainable development and to providing detailed recommendations on how to enhance the effectiveness of measures for this purpose, including development of international cooperation.

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