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12.10.2020

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's message of congratulations on the occasion of the 175th Anniversary of the St Mary and St Nicholas Church in Wilton

*read out by Philip Matthews, Chairman of the Soviet War Memorial Trust Fund


Dear Rector Wood,

Dear congregation,

On behalf of myself and everyone at the Russian Embassy in London please accept our most sincere congratulations on the occasion of the 175th Anniversary of the St Mary and St Nicholas Church in Wilton.

On this momentous day it is an honourable pleasure to remember that our Russian compatriots have played a decisive role in building the Church, as it was done upon the initiative of Catherine Woronzow, Countess of Pembroke. It is a vivid demonstration of how powerful we can be when we join the efforts of all the faithful and those compassionate toward the present and the future of the church.

St Mary and St Nicholas Church is unique in terms of history, architecture and location, and for many years it has united people with their values, serving in the interests of good and justice. To a great deal all of this is possible thanks to your, Rector Wood, wisdom and due attention to the congregation, thus bringing people closer to the customs and traditions of the church.

Fostering the ideals of good, love and tolerance in society, the church contributes towards strengthening peace, friendship and mutual understanding between members of different confessions. St Mary and St Nicholas Church in Wilton is a great example of cultural and interfaith cooperation between Russia and the UK. It is a pleasure to note that the long-established friendly relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Church of England, having enjoyed numerous contacts and a fruitful cooperation, continue to develop.

I am convinced that today’s celebrations shall become a noteworthy event in the spiritual and cultural life in Wilton and its surroundings, despite all the restrictions in place due to the coronavirus.

On the occasion of the Church’s Anniversary I would like to wish you God’s help and prosperity in all your efforts.

Ambassador Andrei Kelin

11 October 2020





LATEST EVENTS

18.04.2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to Andrew Marr on The Andrew Marr Show on BBC, April 18, 2021

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12.04.2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s address on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first human spaceflight

Dear friends! 60 years ago Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to fly into space. We are rightfully proud of the fact that this scientific and technological breakthrough has been accomplished by our country. Yuri Gagarin made an invaluable contribution to the development of space exploration as well as international humanitarian cooperation. The spaceflight turned him into a true hero not only at home but also around the world. This is why the UN announced 12 April to be the International Day of Human Spaceflight.


12.04.2021

Stephen Walker presents his new book 'Beyond', dedicated to first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin

The Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin welcomed British writer Stephen Walker who presented his new book 'Beyond', dedicated to the first human spaceflight by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on 12 April 1961.


12.04.2021

Video address by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight into space, Moscow, April 12, 2021

Video address by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight into space


26.03.2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview with RT, 26 March 2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin gave an interview to RT, speaking on the current state of Russia-UK relations and their prospects.


22.03.2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to LBC, 20 March 2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to LBC


15.03.2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's address at the international conference «A Decade of War in Syria», 15 March 2021

This month marks 10 years since the beginning of the “Arab Spring” in Syria. What had been peaceful rallies at first, was quickly fuelled by the significant foreign interference and within several months had grown up into fierce clashes with the government forces. Later it paved the way for a full-scale civil war. The dire situation was further aggravated when ISIL and a number of other terrorist groups conquered significant part of the country’s territory, causing even more unbearable damage to the economy, infrastructure, human and cultural legacy of the Syrian Arab Republic.


27.01.2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's address on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Ladies and gentlemen! Dear friends! Today, the Holocaust Remembrance Day is marked worldwide. 76 years ago the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by the Red Army. Regrettably, due to the coronavirus restrictions, we cannot meet at the Soviet War Memorial like we would normally do. Nevertheless, it is essential for all of us to remember one of the darkest, most tragic and shameful chapters in the history of mankind. It is a powerful reminder of the perils of discrimination and intolerance, of just how catastrophic and barbaric the incitement to racial hatred can be.


25.12.2020

Christmas Concert 2020

We hope you enjoy our festive concert of classical music with performances by Nadey Hakim (clarinet), Aleem Kandur (violin), Victor Maslov (piano) and Nina Mishchenko (harp). Your hosts for the evening will be Anastasia and Ilya Erofeev.


12.11.2020

Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s address on the occasion of installing the memorial to the Soviet pilots in Errol, Scotland

Dear friends! Today, on 11th November, Remembrance Day, the memorial to the Soviet pilots has been installed in Errol, Scotland, also commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II. I would like to say a few words about that episode of the war. The Soviet Union desperately needed airplanes, and in 1943, in the heat of the bloody battles, the British Government passed over a number of twin-engine Albemarle bombers. To perform the secret task of transporting them, a group of pilots from the Moscow special air group have come to the airbase in Errol in 1943 where they joined the RAF 305 Squadron, formed to prepare Soviet aircrew.



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