On February 14, American magician of Chinese origin Shin Lim astonished with his art and mastery a large group of St. Petersburg journalists invited to the Residence of the U.S. Consul General in St. Petersburg Thomas Leary. The journalists did not miss the opportunity to ask numerous questions to the presenter after hisperformance and asked to show them the tricks
Chris Beaver, an Emmy Award-winning film director from California, conducted an extensive three-day Speaker Program in Vladivostok promoting San Francisco’s “zero waste” initiative and educating Vladivostok enthusiasts on basic film-making techniques. On February 9, Mr. Beaver presented his documentary, “Racing to Zero: In Pursuit of Zero Waste,” to 100 spectators at the Ocean IMAX movie theater. The movie, which investigated
As the old saying goes, it’s a small world. I was reminded just how interconnected our world is – and how long it has been so – when I had the opportunity last weekend to visit the amazing exhibit “The Georgian Avantgarde” currently on display at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. This beautiful and thought-provoking exhibition
Mark Toner, Acting Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State: “We do not comment on intelligence matters. The United States takes seriously its international commitments and arms control obligations. As detailed most recently in the 2016 Compliance Report, the Russian Federation remains in violation of its INF Treaty obligations not to possess, produce, or flight-test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range
Thanks to Houston’s location 16 time zones away from the Russian Far East, the Consulate in Vladivostok was able to broadcast the Super Bowl on Monday morning in a spectacular Public Diplomacy event promoting sports, a healthy life style, mutual understanding, and inter-generational dialogue. The core groups of participants were university-aged football players and school-aged students from Vladivostok and Artyom
Consul General Marcus Micheli traveled to Ufa, the capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan, from January 31 to February 2, 2017. In Ufa, CG Micheli met with representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development of Bashkortostan, the MFA Office in Ufa, and the Republican Chamber of Commerce and Industry. CG Micheli also met with the leadership of the Burintekh Company, and
The exact origins of Valentine’s Day are murky, but February 14 is a day that commemorates a number of Christian saints named Valentine, and the day became associated with romantic love during the Middle Ages in England. Some historians believe Valentine’s Day also has vestiges of pagan festivals once held throughout Europe.
We are concerned by the latest guilty verdict handed down against Aleksei Navalny. The current prosecution of Navalny is a replica of a 2013 case, which Russia’s Supreme Court overturned and the European Court of Human Rights ruled had violated his civil rights. The decision appears to be another example of the Russian government’s growing crackdown on independent voices, including opposition politicians.
On January 29, 2017 Vladivostok U.S. Consul General Michael Keays hosted a reception for more than 40 guests in his residence. The event was held in honor of admissions officers visiting from four U.S. universities to participate in an education fair sponsored by EducationUSA and was attended by prominent academics from several local universities and secondary schools as well as
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland might seem like an unlikely civil rights hero: a white teenage girl with a conservative upbringing in Arlington, Virginia, during the Jim Crow era of segregation. But by the time she was 19 years old, she had participated in over three dozen sit-ins and protests in the South against the treatment of black Americans, earning her a place on
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Ambassador Nikki Haley, speaking to the United Nations Security Council on February 2, 2017 “The dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions…The United States stands with the people of Ukraine, who have suffered for nearly three years under Russian occupation and military intervention. Until Russia and the separatists it supports respect
U.S. Consul General Michael Keays visited Ussuriysk for the first time on January 27, 2017 to meet with retired Colonel Vladimir Kaplyuk, President of the “Soldier” Fund, a charity and organization that looks out for the welfare and well-being of veterans of local and international military conflicts. Mr. Kaplyuk gave the Consul General a tour of his office, reviewed with
President Trump has signed many documents since his January 20 inauguration. These documents set out Trump’s policies on health care and international trade, among other things. Some of these measures are called executive orders. Others are considered White House or presidential memoranda. So what’s the difference? Executive orders vs. memoranda Both executive orders and memoranda have what is known as
President Donald J. Trump received a congratulatory call today from Russian President Vladimir Putin. The call lasted approximately one hour and ranged in topics from mutual cooperation in defeating ISIS to efforts in working together to achieve more peace throughout the world including Syria. The positive call was a significant start to improving the relationship between the United States and Russia that is in need of repair. Both President Trump and President Putin are hopeful that after today’s call the two sides can move quickly to tackle terrorism and other important issues of mutual concern.
Today marks the 72nd anniversary of an act of heroism of the Soviet Army — the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. In remembering this historic day, we are called to reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust and honor the six million Jews and millions of Slavs, Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses, persons with disabilities, and other minorities who were murdered
On January 25, an exhibition of American universities and colleges was organized by EducationUSA and took place in Yekaterinburg. Representatives of four American educational institutions – John Cabot University, Auburn University at Montgomery, Shoreline Community College and American University in Bulgaria – consulted students and their parents on the diverse educational opportunities they offer. At presentations and workshops Education USA
“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.
“Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest. As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent.
Jan 26, 2017 After 13 brutal weeks of marching, sleep deprivation and tests of physical and mental endurance, Maria Daume in January graduated from the Marine Corps basic training program on Parris Island, South Carolina. Daume is part of the first class of women who graduated with a contract to join the Marine infantry, which means that she will go
One learn about America through the lens of a Russian journalist. We turned to Daniil Turovsky, Meduza’s special correspondent and the winner of GQ Russia’s journalist of the year 2015 award, for insights (via Instagram) from his travels in the U.S. Join us as we start with Turovsky in the nation’s capital, Washington, at the National Mall, a national park in the heart
A new drug has the potential to change the way some cancers are treated. Scientists at two U.S. firms are working together on a drug, officially called PF-06647020, which targets some aggressive cancers that are notoriously hard to cure, including certain breast, ovarian and lung cancers. “We’re hoping to rip out the cancer by its roots, essentially,” said Marc Damelin
White House Issue Paper on America First Foreign Policy
President Trump delivered this inaugural address on January 20, 2017. THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will
Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on January 20. As he takes the oath of office, it will be in front a backdrop of five flags. Here’s what the flags represent.
As delivered by Deputy Chief of Mission Kate M. Byrnes to the Permanent Council, Vienna January 19, 2017 The United States is concerned about the December 28 decision by Chechnya’s Supreme Court to uphold the conviction of Zhalaudi Geriev, a local independent journalist. Mr. Geriev was detained by authorities April 16, 2016 near Grozny. Members of security services reportedly assaulted
Hazami Barmada, co-founder of Al-Mubadarah and prominent civic leader connected via video conference with Muslim women in Russia. The audience included representatives of the Inter-ethnic Information Center in Yekaterinburg and a Muslim Women’s Club composed of Siberian Tatars at the Yalutorovsk Mosque. The discussion focused on the hot topic of social entrepreneurship as a business model for social innovation. Although
Remarks on “Russia: The Threat, the International Order, and the Way Forward” Share Ambassador Samantha Power U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations Washington, DC January 17, 2017 AS DELIVERED Thank you. I’ve had the privilege of serving in the Obama administration for eight years. First in the White House, and for the last
Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC January 9, 2017 Today the State Department submitted to Congress, as required by the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, the fourth annual report on the U.S. Government’s actions to implement the Act. As part of this report, the State Department, in concert with the Treasury
“Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election. These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior…”
Today, President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. Russia’s cyber activities were intended to influence the election, erode faith in U.S. democratic institutions, sow doubt about the integrity of our electoral process, and undermine confidence in the institutions of the U.S. government. These actions are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Deputy Department Spokesperson Mark C. Toner: “The State Department today declared persona non grata 35 Russian officials operating in the United States who were acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic or consular status. The Department also informed the Russian Government that it would deny Russian personnel access to two recreational compounds in the United States owned by the Russian Government.”
Sanctions and countersanctions might dominate the headlines, but the local backstory is one of mutually beneficial cooperation. First appeared in The Moscow Times on December 22, 2016. By John F. Tefft In my time in Moscow, I have sometimes encountered misunderstanding about the nature of the United States’ trade relationship with Russia, and the U.S. government’s role in it. This confusion might arise
Bravely enduring the truly severe Urals winter weather conditions, Brooklyn-based artist Carol Salmanson presented her installation of light Water Bubbles on the famous Yekaterinburg UNESCO-recognized monument of constructivism The White Tower (architect Moses Reischer, 1931). Carol was invited to create this work by the organizers of the International Festival of Light Art UnDark. The Festival has been held in Yekaterinburg
Russia Lists 150th NGO Under So-Called “Foreign Agent Law” Statement by John Kirby, State Dept. Spokesman Russia reached an unfortunate milestone December 19 when it listed the 150th non-governmental organization (NGO) under its so-called “foreign agent law.” The use of the term “foreign agent” is a deliberate choice suggesting that these organizations are traitors. In fact, under this legislation Russia
The ACCESS Microscholarships program for high school students wishing to study American English has been launched in Yekaterinburg, thanks to the English Language Teachers Association of the Urals (ELTA-Urals) and the English Language Office of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. On December 19 Consul for Education, Culture and Media, Peter Burba welcomed the students of the first ACCESS group in
Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC December 19, 2016 The United States condemns the assassination today in Ankara of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, the Russian people, and with the other victims who were injured in this shooting. We stand ready to offer assistance to Russia and Turkey as
Treasury Sanctions Individuals and Entities In Connection with Russia’s Occupation of Crimea and the Conflict in Ukraine 12/20/2016 Action Designates Seven Individuals and Eight Entities and Identifies 26 Subsidiaries of the Russian Agricultural Bank and Novatek WASHINGTON – To maintain the effectiveness of existing sanctions, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated
The United States strongly condemns the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, in Ankara today, which reportedly also left others wounded. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of Ambassador Karlov and the other victims, and we offer our condolences to the Russian people and Government. This heinous attack on a member of the diplomatic corps is unacceptable, and we stand united with Russia and Turkey in our determination to confront terrorism in all of its forms.
Remarks on Syria Video Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC December 15, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Hello, everybody. I just wanted to bring you all up to date on what we’ve been trying to do with respect to the tragic situation in Syria, and obviously mostly focused or especially Aleppo. I don’t think I have to elaborate, but I’m
On December 13, experts from the University of Kansas Sean Swindler (Center for Autism Research and Training at Kansas University) and Amy Allison of the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City Amy Allison shared their experience on supporting children with autism with interested stakeholders in Yekaterinburg. The meeting took place via a video conference organized by the U.S. Consulate
Photo: US Consul General opens the World AIDS Day Gala at Yeltsin Center with Izumrud musical group on stage (Photo belongs to the US Dept of State) A World AIDS Day gala arranged in collaboration with the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Museum, and Consulates General of the United States of America, Republic of Cyprus, Federal Republic of Germany, the United Kingdom,
On November 24, Novaya Gazeta vo Vladivostoke published an Op-Ed by Vladivostok CG Michael Keays honoring the 100th anniversary of the death of Jack London, one of the most celebrated American writers in Russia. Michael Keays told the paper audience about his personal experience of reading London’s prose and explained why Americans still consider him an “outstanding writer and an
On Thanksgiving Eve, Vladivostok CG Michael Keays participated in a popular cooking show “Weekend Recipe” ran by principal regional online news agency Primamedia. The kitchen in the CG residence was remodeled into a photo studio: Primamedia correspondents filmed a detailed report on the “secrets of pumpkin pie recipe”. While mixing, stirring, kneading and baking Michael Keays was also telling journalists
On November 14-18, Consul General Michael Keays, Public Affairs Officer Erik Pugner, English Language Officer Jerry Frank and English Language Fellow William Smith launched International Education Week for over 600 high-school students and teachers in Vladivostok, Artem and Nakhodka by conducting a series of presentations that covered such topics as US education system, presentational skills for teachers, approaching the teaching
Photo: A digital video conference with Nina Murray, Health Officer at the Environment, Science, Technology and Health Section of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow On November 25 U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg and partner organizations held an event to mark both the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/ and the 25th Anniversary of the “16 Days of Activism
In November, Marcus Micheli, the U.S. Consul General in Yekaterinburg, and Michael Ritchie, Consul for Political and Economic Affairs, visited Irbit, Sverdlovsk Oblast. The Ural motorcycle is one of the Oblast’s most iconic brands, and is loved and collected by enthusiasts around the world, including in the United States. Vladimir Kurmachyov, the CEO of the Irbit Motorcycle Plant, took the
Every month the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg hosts viewings of American feature films, animated movies and documentaries. We select films that offer our audience a deeper, more detailed understanding of American history, culture and society. The films are shown in English with English subtitles. The showings are open to the public 18 years
From November 14-18 the U.S Consulate General in Yekaterinburg and local partners celebrated the International Education Week – 2016 with a number of events including lectures and online presentations, discussions in English on educational issues and film showings. Chief of the Consular Section Rafael Gonzales spoke on U.S. student visas and the Summer Work and Travel program; IRC specialists conducted
The opening night performance of the musical, “Message from Saturn,” written by U.S. jazz pianist, composer and educator Eli Yamin provided a magnificent conclusion to his 2016 tour of the Urals. This first performance of his musical outside of the United States occurred on November 19 at the “Ural Center” where a full house had gathered. The next day the
Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC November 15, 2016 Today we remember the death of Sergey Magnitskiy, who died November 16, 2009 in Moscow’s Butyrka prison, where he was confined after making corruption allegations against Russian officials. An investigation by Russia’s Presidential Human Rights Council found that Magnitskiy had been
On November 15, 2016 U.S. Consul General in Yekaterinburg Marcus Micheli visited Chelyabinsk. The Consul General presented at a conference entitled “International Programs to Support Scientific and Technical Cooperation: Transfer of Technology and the Search for Partners.” Later that day, the Consul General also greeted the participants of the 7th International Environmental Forum of Chelyabinsk, with the focus of this
On November 15, 2016 U.S. Consul General in Yekaterinburg Marcus Micheli visited Chelyabinsk. The Consul General presented at a conference entitled “International Programs to Support Scientific and Technical Cooperation: Transfer of Technology and the Search for Partners.” Later that day, the Consul General also greeted the participants of the 7th International Environmental Forum of Chelyabinsk, with the focus of this year’s form “Climate Change and the
Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC October 6, 2016 Today we honor the memory of Russian journalist Anna Politovskaya on the tenth anniversary of her brutal murder. Ms. Politkovskaya’s courage and persistence in shedding light on the horrors of the conflicts in Chechnya remains an inspiration to us all. We again call upon
Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC October 11, 2016 Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Reykjavik Summit, when over the course of a fateful two days, the ideas President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev discussed created the foundation of modern arms control and disarmament, helped reverse an arms race, and propelled the negotiation
State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner: “Any suggestion that we rejected Russia’s proposal to observe our elections is false. Individual parties—foreign governments, NGOs, etc.—are welcome to apply to state governments to observe our elections. Individual states maintain the authority to approve or deny requests from outside parties to observe their elections. We understand that the Russian Embassy intended to approach
Consul General Marcus Micheli visited Perm October 11-12. Mr. Micheli met with Mr. Igor Y. Makarikhin, Rector of Perm State Scientific Research University, and congratulated the University on its Centennial anniversary. Several delegations of U.S. partner universities also attended the celebrations, including the University of Louisville, Delta State University, Ohio Northern University, and Lyndon State College. The Consul General also
On October 6 Consul General Michael Keays visited Art School for Children # 3, which has partnered with the Consulate on many occasions. Many U.S. musicians and dancers have conducted master-classes for children and teachers at the school, sharing their experience and providing invaluable inspiration to future musicians and dancers. CG Keays met with Principal and Vice Principal. During his visit,
On October 13, Consul General Michael Keays and his spouse Andrea attended the annual International Day event organized by the International Linguistic School, Vladivostok State University of Economics and Services. This year’s theme was “The History of Cinema.” Teams of high school students gave impressive presentations on international film, and then children invited guests to Russian, U.S., Japanese, Chinese, South
Stephen A. Roosa, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert in energy management and urban sustainability, and LEED Accredited Professional, presented at the 100+ Forum on High Rise and Unique Construction. The Forum was held October 5-7 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. In addition to his presentations at the 100+ Forum, Dr. Roosa also presented at the Institute of Construction of the Urals Federal
On October 7, U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok supported a spectacular international movie and photo exhibit entitled, “Freeze Frame! Look How Beautiful it is!” demonstrating “ the beauty, spirit, and similarities” between Vladivostok and San Francisco. The Consulate partnered with Vladivostok State University of Economics and Services (VSUES) and the local video studio “Seven” to organize a photo exhibit of photographers
Suspension of Participation in Bilateral Channels With Russia Established to Sustain the Cessation of Hostilities in Syria Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC October 3, 2016 The United States is suspending its participation in bilateral channels with Russia that were established to sustain the Cessation of Hostilities. This is not a
October 3, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Moscow notes that today marks the opening of the trial of the five individuals accused of the February 27, 2015 assassination of former Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Nizhny-Novgorod Oblast Governor Boris Nemtsov. The world has been watching how Russia reacts to the murder of a leading political opposition figure within sight of
Dwayne Scheunemann and Marion Baldeon of REVolutions Dance Company, Tampa, Florida spent an intensive week of workshops, performances and public meetings in Yekaterinburg in September 18-24. The American dancers participated in the Inclusive Arts Festival organized by Blagoe Delo non-profit group in preparation for the 1st World Congress of People with Disabilities scheduled for September 2017. Within the framework of
On the Current Situation in Syria Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC September 19, 2016 We’ve seen reports from various parties today about the status of the situation in Syria, seven days after the Geneva arrangement went into effect. That arrangement is clear: there must be increased and sustained access
Strike on Humanitarian Aid Convoy in Syria Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC September 19, 2016 The United States is outraged by reports that a humanitarian aid convoy was bombed near Aleppo today. For more than a week, we have urged Moscow to fulfill the commitments it made in Geneva to
U.S. Statement on Russian Duma Elections Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC September 19, 2016 The United States welcomes the preliminary report on the Russian Duma elections by the observer mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
Secretary Kerry’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 16, 2016 The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary Kerry spoke today via telephone with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov on Syria. The Secretary and Foreign Minister Lavrov reaffirmed the importance of extending and solidifying the cessation of hostilities in Syria. They agreed
Northern Virginia-based progressive rock band Burn The Ballrooom spent an intensive concert week in the Mid- and South Urals. The band performed in both large and small venues, including the Yeltsin Presidential Center in Yekaterinburg and Sergy Prokofyev Concert Hall in Chelyabinsk. The American musicians performed at the Day of Knowledge celebration show at Tchaikovskiy Institute of Arts and met
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson MEDIA NOTE Under Secretary Stengel Travel to Russia Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel will travel to Moscow, Russia from September 13 -16. In Moscow, he will meet with U.S. Embassy staff, Russian government officials and Russian journalists. The Under Secretary will engage with alumni
August 17 – September 5, the U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok carried out a multi-event, multi-city music program reaching over 10,000 music fans in Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, and Irkutsk, including headlining the largest rock music festival in the Russian Far East, V-ROX. American group “Burn the Ballroom” built on their growing Russia fame by continuing the tour, with U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg’s
On September 5th the U.S. Consulate General, along with its partners from the Vladivostok media and cultural community, hosted a public presentation of the unique photo album “Sergey Dovlatov in Nina Alovert’s photographs and memoirs.” The book, timed for the 75th anniversary of the late, popular Russian-American writer’s birth, represents another tangible bridge between Russian and American cultures: the project
August 31, 2016 Allow me to thank you again and all of your staff for the arrangements which you have made and the wonderful commemorations in the city. All of us are honored to be here on this day and we recognize how much work has been done. To the veterans who are here with us today, I want to
Remarks by Ambassador John F. Tefft at the opening ceremony of the VI International Forum “To the Glory of Fleet and Motherland” in Arkhangelsk August 30, 2016 Seventy five years ago, Murmansk and Arkhangelsk witnessed something incredible – British ships unloading American weapons to be handed over to Soviet troops. It was an act of solidarity that proved decisive
Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a Press Availability John Kerry Secretary of State President Wilson Hotel Geneva, Switzerland August 26, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good evening, everybody, and thank you very, very much for your patience. I know you were expecting us to have a chance to chat with you a little bit earlier, and you’ve
Designation Under Russia’s “Undesirables” Law of the International Republican Institute and the Media Development Investment Fund Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC August 18, 2016 We are deeply troubled by the Russian government’s decision to designate the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) as so-called “undesirable”
On August 5th, the Arseniev State Museum and U.S. Consulate General jointly hosted a public presentation of the 15-minute documentary “Letters of Happiness,” dedicated to celebrated American chronicler Eleanor L. Prey. The film presents the story of Eleanor L. Prey, whose thousands of letters home from Vladivostok from 1894 -1930 captured the daily life and great historical events in of
From July 30th to August 7th, two specialists from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will travel in the Republic of Khakassia to share expertise on interpretive planning, visitor center exhibits, and attracting visitors to recreational sites. The specialists will participate in site visits, where our partners are actively working to develop ecotourism opportunities for Russian and international tourists. Additionally, the
US Actor and theater director Allen Nause was invited to the once-Siberian capital, Tobolsk to stage Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple at the Tobolsk Ershov Drama Theater. Mr. Nause spent five weeks in Russia directing and staging the classic American play. A follower of Stanislavskiy, Mr. Nause noted in his interview to a local news outlet how mutually enriching and
An exhibit of Native American arts and crafts put together and curated by professor Susan Fricke toured Surgut, Chelyabinsk, Izhevsk, Glazov, Salekhard and Orenburg, allowing Russian art fans to better understand the contemporary native American art scene. Three native artists visited the hosting cities: Diani Whitehawk Polk traveled to the Arctic city of Salekhard and held workshops on the Lakota
Portland-based Student Loan Stringband spent two weeks in Russia as cultural ambassadors supported by the U.S. Department of State. From June 28 through July 10 the band had an intensive schedule, playing shows almost every night. Their performances at official Independence Day receptions in Yekaterinburg and St. Petersburg brought an authentic spirit to the American celebration. The band held shows
Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – Providing
Spaso House | July 4th, 2016 Welcome to Spaso House and our annual Fourth of July reception! This year, we are celebrating the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. That document, together with the U.S. Constitution, has served as the keystone of the American democratic idea. Recall Thomas Jefferson’s immortal phrase from the Declaration: “We hold these truths
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From June 26-July 3, a group of high school physics students and their team leaders from around the United States traveled to Yekaterinburg to participate in the International Young Physicists Tournament. During the tournament, teams from 29 countries competed to solve challenging physics problems while sharing their cultures and their love of science. Congratulations and great job to the team!
On June 29, 2016, the U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg held a reception in honor of Independence Day at the Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg. Representatives of the region’s official, cultural, educational, and business spheres attended the celebration. Following the American and Russian national anthems, Consul General Marcus Micheli highlighted the connections between the United States and the regions of the Urals
Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and NSC Senior Directors Celeste Wallander and Charles Kupchan visited Moscow June 23 for consultations with Russian officials on the situation in eastern Ukraine and next steps to implement the Minsk agreements in support of the Normandy countries. The Russian delegation was led by Presidential Administration Senior Advisor Vladislav
Ambassador Tefft: So my mission here is to try to understand what is going on in Irkutsk and in the region, to understand all different aspects of the society. I would tell you that your Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Kislyak, recently went to Tennessee and had a visit very similar to this to call on government officials as
June 5-20, U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok, along with the Primorskiy Kray, Vladivostok, and Khabarovsk baseball federations and partners in municipal administrations, carried out an extensive sports diplomacy project reaching over 800 children in Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, and Khorol. Nick Cappuccilli, a coach at the California-based baseball organization Lifeletics as well high school coach and teacher, led clinics for youth baseball teams,
On June 7, Consul General Marcus Micheli visited Tyumen. He met with Tyumen oblast and city officials, as well as a representative of the Tyumen Oblast Chamber of Commerce, to discuss areas of possible cooperation between the United States and Tyumen, including in the commercial and cultural spheres. During his visit to Tyumen, CG Micheli also toured Schlumberger Siberian Training
May 24 – June 6, Portland, Oregon-based folk musician trio “Three for Silver” carried out a robust music diplomacy program in three capital cities of the Russian Far East. This project was made possible when the Khabarovsk-Portland Sister City Association invited the trio to perform at the Khabarovsk City Day. U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok expanded the initiative and helped the
Thank you all very much for the invitation to speak to you today. I would especially like to thank Igor Tot of Dell and Anton Alferov of Halliburton for making this possible. I would also like to thank you for the important work that you are doing. Fighting corruption and helping build clean and fair marketplaces are things that we
On May 26, Consul General Marcus Micheli and Embassy Moscow Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs Karen Enstrom visited the Verkhnaya Salda Metallurgical Enterprise (VSMPO-AVISMA) and Ural Boeing Manufacturing (UBM), the joint venture between VSMPO-AVISMA and the Boeing Company. Both are located in Verkhnaya Salda, Sverdlovsk Oblast. At VSMPO-AVISMA, the world’s largest producer of titanium and titanium alloys, the Consul General
On May 10, the Consul General Marcus Micheli met with Andrey Kozitsyn, General Director of the Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UMMC), and toured the company’s historic copper production facility in Verkhnaya Pyshma. The site visit included a discussion of the cooperation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in World War II, the workings of UMMC, which produces 39
On May 18 U.S. Consul General Marcus Micheli visited Orenburg. During meetings with Acting Minister of Culture and External Affairs Aleksander Kalinin, Deputy Mayor Yaroslav Moiseev, and MFA Representative in Orenburg Aleksander Kuznetsov, Consul General Micheli highlighted the importance of maintaining and strengthening productive ties between Orenburg region and the United States through cultural projects, educational exchanges, and commercial connections.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY NULAND: Hello everybody. It’s nice to see you. We are just completing a very constructive round of consultations here in Moscow. Yesterday, we had a very thorough discussion, led on the Russian side by Presidential Administration Senior Advisor Surkov, on the whole complex issues associated with the Minsk Agreements. Today here at the Foreign Ministry, I had a
I would like to extend my congratulations to my friend Lyudmila Mikhailovna Alekseyeva and the rest of the Moscow Helsinki Group on the commemoration of its 40-year anniversary today. The Moscow Helsinki Group is a product of the Helsinki Final Act, also known as the Helsinki Accords, signed by 35 heads of state, including the Soviet Union’s General Secretary Leonid
The Russian Federation and the United States of America, as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), recognize the progress that has been made with respect to the cessation of hostilities (CoH) in Syria, in accordance with our Joint Statement of February 22, 2016, and in improving humanitarian access. We believe our joint efforts have brought about a significant
Today it was my honor to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and lay a wreath to commemorate the sacrifices of the brave soldiers of the Soviet Union during World War II. The Second World War affected the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world. Both my father and my father-in-law were soldiers who fought in
On April 26, U.S. Embassy Moscow Deputy Senior Commercial Officer Scott Pozil and Consul General Marcus Micheli visited Yekaterinburg’s Penetron production facility. Their visit was hosted by Igor Chernogolov, President of Penetron Russia Group of Companies. Penetron is a joint venture of ICS/Penetron International Ltd. of New York, a prominent world producer of materials for concrete protection and repair. The
Lehrer Dance is an exciting and innovative professional dance company based in Buffalo, NY. Under the direction of Jon Lehrer, the company embodies his definitive style. The Lehrer Dance style is based on three main elements of movement: Circularity, 3-Dimensionality, and Momentum. These combine to create a form that is best described as “Organically Athletic,” integrating the approach and fluidity
On April 23rd, 60 people took part in our annual scavenger hunt, highlighting Russian-U.S. ties in Yekaterinburg. Over the course of two and half hours, students and teachers visited ten stations in the center of Yekaterinburg to complete various challenges about Russia, the U.S. and the English language. They caught a football in full American football gear; reported news at a
April 11-16, Yekaterinburg English Language Specialist Eve Smith led intensive training sessions in Tyumen State University, Urals State Pedagogical University and Urals Federal University for English teachers who will work as consultants in the newly opened writing centers. Academic writing centers are aimed at providing assistance to scholars and students on their papers, projects, articles, thesis, etc., and keeping up
Doug McDonald, ISO, opened In a League of Their Own at Dom Pechati in March. The film, which is based on real-life story of the first women’s baseball team, was screened in honor of Women’s History Month in the United States. After the film, attendees participated in a discussion about the movie in English, led by Doug.
April 11-13, Stephen Roosa, PhD, visited Yekaterinburg to share information about sustainable design and energy efficient technologies. An expert in green building, Mr. Roosa spoke with university students and ecological experts in Perm, Nizhniy Tagil, Tyumen and Chelyabinsk. He also gave a public lecture at the Museum of Architecture and Design and spoke at the Rotary Club. Mr. Roosa believes
Continuing the Consulate’s efforts to highlight diversity in the United States, on March 26 the Consulate was delighted to open Woven Together in Salekhard, the capital of Yamal Nenets Autonomous Okrug. Dyani White Hawk Polk, a Lakota artist, visited the opening and offered workshops on porcupine quilling techniques to local artisans, students and indigenous tribes. The Public Affairs Officer, Sarah
World-renowned pianist Ilya Itin performed at the Urals Musical College on April 8 and the Philharmonic on April 10. Born and raised in Yekaterinburg, but having lived in the United States for many years, Mr. Itin’s visit highlighted the strength of cultural ties between Russia and the United States. During his visit, he also offered workshops to students at his
On April 6, Consul General Micheli hosted a reception at his residence in honor of Ilya Itin. Guests from the cultural scene in Yekaterinburg enjoyed the opportunity to converse with Ilya Itin, a world-class pianist and cultural ambassador uniquely able to represent U.S.-Russia cultural ties. Mr. Itin, was born in Yekaterinburg and educated in both Yekaterinburg in Moscow. For many
March 31, the Public Affairs Officer (PAO), Sarah Saperstein, hosted 15 university students for a discussion about U.S. elections. The students and the PAO talked about the Electoral College, the primaries and the basics of a political campaign in the United States.
March 31, teen participants in Smart Teen! Camp hosted by Global Ambassador and the Public Affairs Officer (PAO), Sarah Saperstein, discussed intercultural communication and the life of a diplomat. During the presentation, they explored the many ways in which we communicate beyond just verbal ques by creating their own culture and set of communication tools.
Ambassador Tefft: “On behalf of the United States Embassy, I would like to extend my congratulations to Zhanna Nemtsova as one of the recipients of the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. This prestigious and important award recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and
On March 12, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held its monthly book club meeting, led by PAO Erik Pugner. Book club discussions foster a nuanced understanding of life in the United States and American culture and culture, as well as give participants an opportunity to exercise their English Language skills. At this month’s meeting, book club members discussed The Color of
On March 10, Russian-American photographer Nina Alovert’s exhibit “The Gorgeous Features of My Dear Friends” opened at the Museum of Modern Arts in Birobidzhan, capital of the Jewish Autonomous Region. Alovert, a celebrated octogenarian photographer and ballet critic, who was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States in 1977, had premiered her Consulate-supported exhibit in Vladivostok
March 8-13, 80 football enthusiasts from around the Urals, representing different teams and skill levels, traveled to Yekaterinburg to participate in intensive training and practice sessions lead by Mike Haynes, a former defensive player with the Chicago Bears and first round draft pick, and Billy Elmore, coach at West Memphis Arkansas high school and the 2007 State Farm 3A Football
On March 4-9, a delegation of cultural representatives from the Navajo Nation participated in a cultural exchange visit in Yakutsk and took part in Yakutsk’s first “ethnic nomadic fashion show” entitled “Solar Deer.” The five member delegation represented various professions and backgrounds including an elementary school teacher and former Miss Navajo, a trick horseback riding coach, a traditional dwelling construction
On March 4, in honor of Women’s History Month, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of “Norma Rae,” the late 70s Sally Field film about a factory worker from small town North Carolina who becomes involved in the labor union at the textile factory where she works. The screening was followed by a discussion led by Consular Chief Bernadette
Ambassador Tefft: “I am thrilled to see that astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov have safely returned to Earth this morning. Kelly and Kornienko spent a year aboard the International Space Station, conducting cutting edge research and development enabling future human exploration. Over the last year, I have enjoyed their dispatches from above, including their amazing
The Return of 28 Historic Documents Repatriated to Russia The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Cultural Property, Art, and Antiquities Program (CPAA) will repatriate 28 documents of historical value to the Russian government in a ceremony on March 3, 2016. The documents consist of imperial decrees, military records, and architectural drawings from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Thank you for the kind introduction and for having me here today. When you have worked on U.S.-Russian relations as long as I have, you can appreciate the areas where we still cooperate despite the ups and downs in our relationship. Cooperation on nuclear issues is one of these areas. Our partnership is as vast as the field itself –
Roomple.ru, an internet TV site, spoke with the Consulate’s PAO, Sarah Saperstein, about her experience in Yekaterinburg as a foreigner. You can hear more about what Americans think of business lunch, a foreigner’s take on crossing a frozen river, and a story about a Yekaterinburg taxi driver and Venezuelan cat by watching the video on Roomple Facebook page.
On February 13-21, American hip-hop/soul fusion band Soul Inscribed visited Vladivostok and Khabarovsk as a part of the American Music Abroad program. In Vladivostok, the group wowed kids with a showcase and master class for 50 students of Art School #3, with youngsters jamming with the band and, along with their teachers and parents, learning about the many music styles
On February 19, the PAO Sarah Saperstein spoke about Black History Month and diversity in the U.S. with students in Novouralsk as part of the Consulate’s Ask America program. During the course of the activity, the students discussed the civil rights movement in the United States, famous African Americans, the purpose of history months in the United States and how
On February 19, the Consulate hosted 11 university students from Izhevsk and Yekaterinburg as part of our Young Diplomats day program. Throughout the course of the day, the students met with U.S. diplomats, solved real-world problems diplomats face, conducted mock visa interviews, and learned about E-library USA resources. In addition, the students learned about different diplomatic services around the world
Monthly Discussion Club Focuses on Black History Month. On February 18, PAO Sarah Saperstein lead Post’s monthly English discussion club at Simple Coffee. In honor of Black History Month in the United States, participants of the club explored the history of the civil rights movement in the U.S. and the themes of diversity and tolerance. Once a month, the Consulate
On February 15, EducationUSA hosted an international education fair for local students who were interested in educational opportunities in the U.S. At the fair, students were able to meet with representatives of American universities to learn about application processes, exchange programs and financial aid packages. In addition, attendees listened to presentations about how to apply for a student visa and
On February 8, the PAO, Sarah Saperstein, visited a local school to discuss Black History Month with students in grades 9-11. During the course of the visit, the students discussed famous African Americans who inspire them. In addition, they talked about travel, tolerance and Russian holidays that are celebrated in February.
On February 5, in part in recognition of Black History Month, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of “The Help,” a glimpse into 1960s South and a story of a white woman capturing the stories of the African American domestic help from the maids’ perspective and publishing them in a book. The screening was followed by a discussion led
On January 29, Nina Alovert’s exhibit, titled “The Gorgeous Features of My Dear Friends,” opened at the Far Eastern Museum of Arts in Khabarovsk. Nina Alovert, an internationally celebrated photographer and ballet critic, who was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States in 1977, had earlier opened her exhibit in Vladivostok, with the support of the
Ambassador John F. Tefft: I thought I’d start and say a couple of words, and then I’d take your questions to focus on what you want to talk about. I was back in Washington for a few weeks to see my children and my grandchildren. Like a good grandfather, I should be going and seeing my five-year old and almost
On January 28, the Consulate, in partnership with Dom Pechati, screened Selma to the public for free. Based on true events, the movie tells the story of Martin Luther King’s civil rights movement and its epic march from Selma, Alabama. 60 people attended the free screening and discussed the film afterwards with the PAO, Sarah Saperstein, in English. This program
On January 25, Echo-Moskvy Yekaterinburg aired an interview with CG Micheli about his career, experience in Yekaterinburg, and the mission of the U.S. Consulate. You can learn more about CG Micheli and his work at the Consulate by listening on the Echo-Moskvy website.
On January 23, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held its monthly book club meeting, led by PAO Erik Pugner. Book club discussions are planned to foster understanding and awareness of life in the United States and American culture, as well as to give participants an opportunity to exercise their English Language skills. At this month’s meeting book club members discussed The
Filligar, one of the leading Indie rock bands in the U.S., toured the Urals as U.S. Cultural Ambassadors January 11 – 18, 2016. They played as a headliner at the Old New Rock festival and offered free performances to enthusiastic Yekaterinburg crowds at the Yeltsin Center and Dom Pechati club. In addition, Filligar visited Alapayevsk, where they led a workshop
On January 15, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” a captivating romantic comedy considered to be a classic of the genre. The screening was followed by a discussion led by Public Affairs Officer Erik Pugner during which participants discussed the plot, the main characters, the actors, the movie’s controversies, the racist portrayal of Japanese, etc.
On December 27, the U.S. Consulate General presented American Christmas traditions to the people of Yekaterinburg at a street festival, called Christmas Trip, which was organized by Stol food magazine. U.S. Consul General Marcus Micheli greeted guests and the Consulate staff conducted a series of master classes for the public. Children and adults assembled bookmarks with LED lights, and learned
Today, Secretary of State John Kerry is in Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Secretary Kerry looks forward to discussing ongoing efforts to achieve a political transition in Syria and related efforts to degrade and destroy ISIL. The Secretary will also discuss Ukraine and stress the need for full implementation of Minsk commitments.
Washington-based and world renowned contemporary dance group Company E conducted its second educational and concert tour in Russia’s Urals region. In their first week the dancers led workshops on contemporary dance technique for students of dance and choreography in the Liberal Arts University, Urals State Pedagogic University and Yekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Arts. They also conducted a seminar for Yekaterinburg
December 4, Consul General Micheli traveled to Chelyabinsk to visit South Urals State University. During the trip, he met with students who had graduated from a joint degree program between South Urals State University and Clark University in the United States.
We are deeply troubled by the Russian Government’s decision to designate the U.S.-Russia Foundation as a so-called “undesirable” foreign organization. Presidents Bush and Putin jointly announced at the G-8 Summit on July 15, 2006 their intention to establish the foundation with the twin goal of promoting long-term economic development in Russia and strengthening ties between the United States and Russia.
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow expresses its deep regret about the November 30 court ruling in Taganrog that found several Jehovah’s Witnesses guilty of extremism for organizing and attending religious meetings and for sharing their faith with others. This was not the first time these Jehovah’s Witnesses were on trial. The same Taganrog court found seven of them guilty in
As part of the Consulate’s World Aids Day outreach, December 2, 2015 a group of medical professionals from Yekaterinburg participated in an hour and a half long conversation via digital video conference (DVC) with Dr. Lamont Scales, Public Health Analyst, Office of Health Equity, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention. Dr. Scales presented
Today, Ambassador John F. Tefft met with Harvard Professor Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder and chief strategist of Partners in Health (PIH), an American non-governmental organization that works to eradicate tuberculosis and other diseases around the world. PIH has worked in Russia to fight tuberculosis since 1998, and is currently working in Tomsk, Karelia and Voronezh with local health authorities. Ambassador
In November 2015, Nina Alovert, celebrated octogenarian photographer and ballet critic, who was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States in 1977, presented Vladivostok with her photo exhibit called “The Gorgeous features of My Dear Friends,” opened at ARKA art gallery. On November 6, Nina gave a presentation at the Far Eastern Arts Academy to theater
November 17-19, Consul General Micheli traveled to Chelyabinsk to support the Chelyabinsk Ecological Forum. The Consulate is pleased to regularly support a range of programs, such as speakers programs and exchanges, that connect Russians and Americans and help us work together to protect our planet.
On November 18th, Paul Lazarus, acclaimed film and TV director, well-known for his directorial work on such popular shows as Friends, Pretty Little Liars, and Beverly Hills 90210, presented his most recent documentary film “Slingshot” at the OKEAN movie theater in Vladivostok as a part of the Show US documentary film program. More than 100 people attended the free screening
On November 10-16 the Primorskiy Philharmonic hosted the XII International Jazz Festival with the support of U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok. For 6 days, musicians from the United States, Japan, France, Korea, Germany, and Russia wowed audiences on the Philharmonic’s main stage. American masters performed in three concerts as the Staple Quartet, the Freedom Jazz Movement Quartet, and singer Myrna Clayton,
During her November 9-11 visit to Vladivostok, Information Resource Officer (IRO) Magia Crause from U.S. Embassy Moscow visited the newly renovated Vladivostok city library #12 and gave a professional development presentation for city library staff. She talked about current trends in U.S. libraries, including the role of social media, comic book collections, “makerspaces,” etc. The audience asked a number of
On October 30, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of the darkly comic cult drama “Fight Club.” The screening was followed by a discussion led by Public Affairs Officer Erik Pugner during which participants discussed the social construct of identity, effects of social isolation, emasculation and the patriarchy, and a consumerist culture. This event was part of the monthly
On October 28, Consul General Micheli visited the town of Verkhnyaya Salda, Sverdlovsk Oblast, the home of the world’s leading titanium producer VSMPO – AVISMA. In Verkhnyaya Salda he toured the VSMPO plant and visited the successful Russian –American joint venture of VSMPO and the Boeing Corporation – Ural Boeing Manufacturing (UBM). UBM does the initial machining of VSMPO-produced titanium
Bruce Andrews: Thank you, Steve. As some of you may know, Steve is not only a former colleague of mine but also truly knowledgeable about international affairs. I want to begin by thanking the U.S.-Russia Business Council for inviting me to speak today. It is great to be here among so many good friends and respected colleagues. For the last
Coach of the U.S. National Wheelchair Basketball Women’s Team Trooper Johnson and coach of Miami Heat Wheels – the 2015 National Championship winner team, Parnes Cartwright spent a busy week in Tyumen, West Siberia, Russia October 20-25 as part of the Sports Diplomacy Program of the U.S. Department of State. Johnson and Cartwright were invited as Honorary Guests to take
October 15, Consul General Micheli opened an exhibit dedicated to Sister Cities during World War II at the Museum of Fine Arts in Perm. During the course of his visit to Perm, CG Micheli meet with members of the business community and government representatives. He also toured the museum of contemporary art.
On October 3, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held its first book club meeting, led by PAO Erik Pugner. Book club discussions are planned to foster understanding and awareness of life in the United States and American culture, as well as to give participants an opportunity to exercise their English Language skills. IRC Vladivostok selected and purchased fifteen copies of six
On October 2, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of the movie “The Bridges of Madison County,” which tells the story of two people who find a promise of perfect personal happiness, and understand, with sadness and acceptance, that the most important things in life are not always about making yourself happy. The screening was preceded and followed by
September 22-28, the legendary jazz band the Headhunters toured the Urals. They began their tour in Yekaterinburg and offered workshops to young students of music at the Kamerton Jazz Academy. They later participated in the first Inclusive Jazz Festival in Yekaterinburg at EverJazz that included collaboration with student bands. The proceeds of the festival will support organizations that advocate for
On September 26 Lokomotiv stadium in Khabarovsk hosted an historical event – the final of the first ever Far Eastern American Football Championship. In a series of games promoting this uniquely American sport, Russian-American partnerships and a healthy lifestyle were on display. The games were organized by the Khabarovsk American Football Federation and sponsored by U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok. Vladivostok’s
Statement by U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft The U.S. Embassy in Moscow deeply regrets the Russian government’s unilateral decision to close the Embassy’s American Center at M. Rudomino All-Russia State Library of Foreign Literature in Moscow. The Library recently terminated the formal agreement for Embassy support of the Center, informed us of its intention to replace the American Director of
As delivered by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna Unfortunately, it was only this morning that the Russian delegation told us that it intended to raise concerns with the U.S. Department of Defense Law of War Manual. We received a copy of their statement as the Permanent Council began, so I’d like to reserve the right to
On September 4th, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of the movie “Stand by Me,” a 1986 American coming of age drama adventure film. The movie depicts the painful process of maturation that has plagued both teens and preteens for ages. The screening was followed by a discussion, led by Public Affairs Officer Erik Pugner, during which participants discussed
US Consul General Thomas M. Leary took part in the unveiling of a monument to the Arctic Convoys of World War II which took place in Arkhangelsk on August 31, 2015, marking the date of the arrival of the first convoy, named “Dervish.” During wartime, 76 polar convoys consisting of more than 1480 vessels made the treacherous voyage to and
On September 3, Woven Together: Celebrating Spider Woman in Contemporary Native American Art opened at the Surgut Regional Studies Museum. Suzanne Newman Fricke, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor at the Art History Department at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, who curated the exhibit, explained, “grandmother Spider Woman, in many Southwestern cultures, wove the world into being, creating the Earth and the stars and the planets and bringing order the
From August 27 to 31, American singer-songwriter and rocker Hanni El Khatib and his band headlined the annual V-ROX music festival in Vladivostok. One of Russia’s top music festivals, V-ROX gathered 300 musicians from all over the world on multiple stages and attracted thousands of spectators from Vladivostok and the Russian Far East. Hanni’s headlining concert was hailed by the
U.S. Special Envoy for Syria Michael Ratney visited Moscow today, August 28, for consultations with Russian officials on the ongoing conflict in Syria. These meetings in Moscow are part of consultations Ratney is conducting to follow up on Secretary Kerry’s recent discussions with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Doha and Kuala Lumpur, as well as ongoing efforts to support the
On August 25th, Consul General Erik Holm-Olsen took part in the opening of a 2-day conference on the topic of the end of the World War II that was organized in Vladivostok by the Institute of history, archeology and ethnography of the Far Eastern branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. American, Japanese and Chinese diplomats took part in the
On August 12, the photo exhibition Triumph and Tragedy opened at the Chelyabinsk Regional Studies Museum, commemorating the shared history and victory of the Soviet Union, Great Britain, the United States and other Allies in World War II. The images remind us of the human element in war and of the atrocities of World War II that should never be
On July 15 – 20, the Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience group from New Orleans introduced the Russian public to the music of zydeco. Zydeco combines the charm of French folk music and vigorous rhythms of the African, Caribbean and Creole melodies. The leading musical instruments used for performances are accordion and… washboard. Two times “Grammy” award winners performed
On August 7, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of the movie “Sleepless in Seattle,” considered by many an ideal romantic comedy. The screening was followed by a discussion led by Public Affairs Officer Erik Pugner during which participants discussed romantic comedy tropes and compared them to the ones used in this particular movie, the origin of the title,
Nick Cappuccilli, a baseball coach from California, spent ten days in Primorskiy Kray conducting clinics for junior baseball teams and performing outreach events promoting the sport along with a healthy life style. Consulate General Vladivostok worked with the Baseball Federations of Primorskiy Kray and Vladivostok as well as municipal administrations and regional youth organizations to carry out this program. Nick
Two time Grammy-award winners Terrance Simien and Zydeco Experience brought a flavor of a genuine Creole culture to Tyumen and Tobolsk during their visit July 23-25. In Tyumen, the band performed for tourists with disabilities at the annualRobinzonada Disability Hiking Festival near Krivodanovo village, excited the guests of the Tyumen City Day celebration at the city multicultural project Arbat Sodruzhestvo,
General Stafford, General Leonov, Mr. Komarov, esteemed colleagues, good afternoon! I am honored to be invited to the celebration of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project’s 40th anniversary, here at the wonderful Museum of Cosmonautics. It has been a great pleasure for me to visit the museum and to view its impressive exhibits representing the history of both the Russian space program
It is with deep honor and a heavy heart that I stand before you today. Yekaterina Yurievna made a lasting impression on me and so many others for her strength of character and her passion for her work. An expert in her field, Yekaterina Yurievna was also deeply committed to broadening cultural ties between Russia and the United States. It
Добрый день! I want to start by thanking Mikhail Gusman for the warm invitation to participate in this event today. I also want to thank the organizers of this initiative and the museums that are participating. The Alaska-Siberia air route is an historic example of how Russians and Americans can work together. During World War II and many times before
The Vologda TV 7 channel presents the newly released documentary “Tot’ma – Fort Ross: Following the Dream.” The film was supported by the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg. See this film in a good quality
On July, 1st the U.S. Consulate General celebrated the Independence Day. Acting Consul General Courtney Nemroff delivered a welcome speech: “Welcome to the Consul General’s Residence and our annual Independence Day reception! Happy 4th of July! Americans all around the world gather this time of year to celebrate our nation’s birth and recall the sacrifices of so many Americans for
Welcome to Spaso House and our annual Fourth of July reception! The Fourth of July is the one day every year when Americans celebrate the principles on which our nation was founded. We also look back at our history and recall the sacrifices of so many Americans in the pursuit of freedom and defending our fundamental rights. As Thomas Jefferson
On July 2, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of the movie “American Graffiti,” a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by a pre-Star Wars George Lucas. The screening was bookended by discussions led by Public Affairs Officer Erik Pugner, covering Lucas’ nostalgia for the early 60s following the societal ruptures during the Vietnam war,
July 4, 2015 marked the 239 anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. On this day, Americans celebrate the principles on which our nation was founded. As our founding fathers famously remarked in 1776, “We hold this truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among
June 26–28, Linda Davis and Kansas Begaye, cultural representatives of the Navajo nation, visited Yakutsk to take part in Ysiakh Tuymaada, the traditional Yakut solstice festival. 150,000 visitors from all over the Republic of Yakutia gathered on the sacred grounds of Us Khatin to celebrate the rebirth of nature. The celebration included horse races, traditional wrestling, singing, dancing, and Yakut
As part of the International Platform of the UTRO Youth Forum, a large annual forum that gathers 1500 students from across the Urals region, Consulate Staff lead a Young Diplomats Day workshop. During the workshop, 25 motivated university students spoke with American diplomats about life in the foreign service, the various sections of the U.S. Consulate and diplomacy. In addition, the Public
Systems issues that have affected the Department of State’s ability to issue visas have been resolved. Yesterday, nearly 1,800 visas were printed at Embassy Moscow and scheduled for delivery. In addition, all mail-in applications received since June 9 have been adjudicated. Future in-person applicants can schedule appointments as normal at http://ustraveldocs.com/.
June 5-25, American photographer Anna Reich took part in an art residency program at the ZARYA Contemporary Art Center, Vladivostok, supported in a partnership with the U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok. During her three weeks at ZARYA, Anna worked on a project dedicated to the role that colonialism plays in the identity and culture of the indigenous Udege people of Primorskiy
On June 23rd, PAO Erik Pugner visited the Vladivostok School for Gifted Children, speaking with 20 children from throughout the region attending a summer English camp. He discussed higher education in the United States, shared details on his own education and work, and answered their numerous curious questions.
On June 11-12 Consul General Otto Hans Van Maerssen visited the Udmurt Republic. In Udmurtia he met with representatives of the Udmurt Republic’s government and the Izhevsk Municipal Administration, and discussed educational and exchange programs with the leadership of Udmurt State University. The Consul General also visited regional museums, including Kalashnikovs’ Museum, the Tchaikovsky Estate-Museum, the National Museum of Udmurtia
The State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs continues to experience technical problems with our visa systems. This is a global issue, and we are working around the clock to fix it. More than 100 computer experts from both the private and public sectors across the United States are working on this problem 24/7. That said, we do not expect the
U.S. Consulate St. Petersburg welcomed Ambassador Tefft during a productive three-day visit to St. Petersburg, the Cultural Capital of Russia, on June 11, building on his first visit to St. Petersburg in December, when he helped celebrate the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum. During this visit, Ambassador Tefft participated in a wide range of meetings and activities that
A prominent native artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico Nanibah Chacon has created a mural on the wall of the Municipal Arts Gallery on Izhevsk’s central square. The artwork was finished and unveiled on Izhevsk City Day which coincided with the Day of Russia and the Udmurt ethnic holiday Gerber. The mural was appreciated by and received an overwhelmingly positive response
The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing global technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category, but does impact applicants in Russia. U.S. passport applications accepted overseas or after May 26, 2015 are affected by this delay. Passport applicants with an urgent
On June 9, U.S. Consulate Yekaterinburg representatives attended a Round Table “Modern models of support for HIV-positive children” in Yekaterinburg. The round table was organized on the basis of a one year Russian-American cooperation project “ASSET” (Advanced Support Services, Education, and Treatment) run by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) from the United States and the Novoye Vryemya NGO
On June 3 – 6 internationally renowned American flying disc golf champions Nathan Doss and Valarie Jenkins visited Omsk. They held several disc golf clinics for the local community, PT coaches, and kids, held workshops for children with disabilities at two Omsk orphanages and finished their program with an inclusive disc golf fest at Omsk’s “Rassvet” rehabilitation center.
On June 5, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of the movie “A Beautiful Mind”, a 2001 American biographical drama film loosely based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics, who died in a car accident in May 2015. The screening was followed by a discussion led by Consul General Erik Holm-Olsen during which participants
A U.S. film director Suzan Beraza recently screened her “Bag it: is your life too plastic” movie at the Environmental Film Festival in Khanty-Mansiysk. The audience ranging from university to elementary school students applauded the film maker and her documentary exposing the effects of plastic bags and other plastic consumer goods on the environment, wild life and human beings. The film’s message of
The Consul General on June 4 visited Omsk, where he supported a visit of U.S. disc golfers and opened the 2nd Annual Omsk Public Arts Festival. The Consul General visited a workshop for schoolchildren conducted by Valarie Jenkins and Nate Doss, world champions of disc golf and Sports Envoys to Russia. The Consul General also joined a walking tour for the
On May 31, Marcus Lamb and Sarah Saperstein offered a workshop on cookie decorating to celebrate the International Day of the Child. In Mayakovsky Park, they offered children the chance to decorate sugar cookies using traditional American buttercream icing. The icing is a home-made recipe from North Carolina, Marcus’ home state. In addition, children made fruit sticks, a snack that American children
On May 30th the U.S. Consulate staff took part in the charity event, called Sport for Good, and ran the 1000 m relay, each sprinting 250 meters. This relay is an annual event launched by the Sun Kids NGO to support people with Down syndrome.
On May 19, the Ural Chamber of Commerce, with the cooperation of the U.S. Consulate General, hosted a videoconference with American entrepreneur Terry Jones. In his career, Mr. Jones was involved in the startup of ten different companies, including founding a three billion dollar company, Travelocity.com, and co-founding Kayak.com, which is now part of a fifty billion dollar travel conglomerate.
Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland: Thank you everybody for coming today. I’m completing the last leg on what has been an eight-day trip. I began with Secretary Kerry in Sochi for his meetings with President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov. Then, I went on with him to the NATO ministerial in Antalya, Turkey; and then I spent two days in Kyiv
May 13-16 American choir director Brian Winnie visited Yekaterinburg and conducted workshops with choirs from local schools and universities. The workshops were part of the Choral Music Conference arranged by Arts School 11 and Yekaterinburg Department of Culture. Students of Sviridov School of Arts #14, Rakhmaninov Music School #7, Youth Arts School #11, Urals State Economic University, Urals State Federal
On May 14 Consul General Van Maerssen visited Irbit District. Irbit District is well known as a cultural and agricultural center. The Consul General met with Irbit City and Irbit Municipal District authorities with whom he discussed opportunities for economic and cultural cooperation. He also visited several area museums, including the museum of the twice awarded Hero of the
On May 14, the U.S. Consulate General and Vladivostok Youth Lecture Series Luch-5 held a Skype presentation with multi-award winning U.S. documentary producer Jon Alpert. The event attracted over 20 young people searching for professional guidance on modern documentary filmmaking. Alpert’s tales of creating films covering important social issues, plus his practical filmmaking tips, were warmly and enthusiastically received: the
Over 200 students from 19 Art Schools of Yekaterinburg and Sverdlovsk oblast took part in the International Contest of Youth ArtWorld Without War devoted to the 70th Anniversary of the Meeting on Elbe. In partnership with the United States Consulate General in Yekaterinburg the contest and final exhibit was organized by ShlemGraphic Arts Fund, Union of Art Teachers and Yekaterinburg Gallery
On May 6 Rock Brynner, historian and son of Vladivostok-born Hollywood actor Yul Brynner, gave a presentation highlighting the impact of rock-n-roll on social and intercultural communication amongst different races and nations. The event, jointly organized by U.S. Consulate and the Vladivostok University of Economics and Services , attracted considerable attention. The 25-30 person hall of VGUES’s museum couldn’t contain
On April 29, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of the movie “The Breakfast Club” that encapsulates adolescence in the ’80s in the most iconic detention session of all time. Five high school students, all different stereotypes (a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess or a criminal), meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to
I would like to thank Chevron and the other sponsors for inviting me today. I am so pleased to join our American guest of honor, Frank Cohn, on the stage today, and I look forward to hearing his observations about the historic meeting of American and Soviet soldiers at the Elbe 70 years ago. Frank is among the millions of
On April 27, Triumph and Tragedyopened at Kosmos, commemorating the shared history and victory of the Soviet Union, Great Britain, the United States and other Allies in World War II. The images remind us of the human element in war and of the atrocities of World War II that should never be repeated. Photos about D-Day, the Battle on Britain,
Dwayne Scheuneman and REVolutions Dance, an inclusive dance company that comprises one wheelchair dancer and three dancers without disabilities, visited the Urals April 21-29, promoting diversity in the arts. They offered workshops for Russian youth and adults in Yekaterinburg and Perm, challenging children and adults of all abilities to be creative together. In Yekaterinburg the U.S. dancers participated in the
I’d like to thank the Carnegie Moscow Center and Dmitri Trenin for inviting me here today to help open this important conference. For many years, Carnegie has helped our two countries better understand each other. Today, more than ever, better understanding remains a crucial goal. This week, as you all know, marks the 70th anniversary of the historic meeting of
“The level of cohesion and harmony in your music is beyond comprehension… Simply amazing!”, “Fantastic performance!”, “Wish you played more” – these are only a few remarks of the overwhelmingly enthusiastic reception of the Chicago-based bluegrass quartet Henhouse Prowlers’ music by Russian audiences. From April 8-21, The Henhouse Prowlers toured the Urals in Russia at the invitation of the U.S.
Combined Russian-separatist forces continue to violate the terms of the “Minsk 2” agreement signed in mid-February. Combined Russian-separatist forces maintain a sizable number of artillery pieces and multiple rocket launchers within areas prohibited under the Minsk accords. The Russian military has deployed additional air defense systems into eastern Ukraine and moved several of these nearer the front lines. This is
In his visit to Yekaterinburg on April 13 – 15, U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft re-affirmed his commitment to supporting people-to-people, cultural, educational and business ties with Russia. He also laid a wreath at the World War II memorial in Dendro Park to honor the region’s soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the Great Patriotic War. Ambassador Tefft said he
The Consul General trekked to Salekhard, which is positioned precisely on the Arctic Circle within Russia’s Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (YaNAO), on April 3-4, 2015. Various officials from YaNAO’s regional government, as well as from Salekhard and Priuralsky District’s municipal administrations, discussed opportunities of cultural and educational exchange programs. In meetings with representatives of cultural establishments and public organizations, he also
Chris Merrill – an author, poet and translator, Founder and Director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa visited Yekaterinburg on March 30-31. He met with the members of the Yekaterinburg division of the Russian Writers Union and young playwrights – pupils of Nikolay Kolyada. He also made a presentation on using creative writing exercises for Yekaterinburg
On April 3, IRC Vladivostok held a screening of the movie “Amistad” that illustrates the horrors of the slave trade, using the historical Amistad slave rebellion to examine the divisive nature of the slavery issue in the United States in the early 19th century. The film examines the tolerance of slavery by many Northerners as well as the power of
On March 22-28, Jerry Chae (Clarinet – USA) and Andrey Vinichenko (Piano – Russia) performed a classical concert tour throughout the Russian Far East. An enthusiastic Russian public warmly welcomed the musicians in Khabarovsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and Vladivostok, the latter of which hosted the duo as part of the Philharmonic’s classic music festival “Far Eastern Spring.” This tour of musical diplomacy
March 28 to April 1, American conductor and pianist Peter Freisinger rehearsed and performed with the Pacific Symphonic Orchestra in Vladivostok as part of the Primorskiy Philharmonic’s annual classic music festival “Far Eastern Spring.” Enthusiastic, broad media coverage of the festival described his concert as a “highlight” of the program, and Freisinger’s efforts were covered in a feature television piece
English Language Fellow Melissa Hauke led two groups of interested citizens from Yekaterinburg and PhD students of Urals Federal University through the 5 week Mass Open Online Course (MOOC) on Academic Writing offered by UC Berkley in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. The course participants learnt about vocabulary development; tone & diction; common errors in writing; editing and
The Consul General visited Orenburg on March 18-19 to take part in the special events devoted to the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Orenburg Oblast Museum of Fine Arts. The Consulate has partnered with the museum in a number of cultural projects. In 2014, the Consulate presented a photo exhibition of the American-Italian photographer Frank Dituri. More joint
On March 23, Dr. Gordon Bronitsky presented on ethnic media and ethnic journalism at the North-Eastern Federal University Department of Journalism in Yakutsk, sharing for three hours his experience of working with the indigenous peoples of North America. During the lecture, students asked questions related to ethnic media of Native Americans and the history of relations between the indigenous peoples
On March 11-13, PAO Erik Pugner and the U.S. Consul General’s spouse Ann Waugh participated in the annual English Language Olympiad in Artyom, where more than 600 secondary school students from the Primorye region competed in events testing their knowledge of the English language and American history and literature. Erik Pugner made welcoming remarks to hundreds of students, and Ann
On March 6, IRC Vladivostok held a screening of the movie “Thelma & Louise” (1991), a now- classic outlaw road movie that deals with female oppression at the hands of men and the women protagonists’ struggle — at great cost — for respect, independence, and free will. The screening was followed by a discussion led by Public Affairs Officer Erik
On March 4-6, Deputy Chief of Mission Lynne Tracy made her first visit to the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). She was accompanied by Erik Holm-Olsen, U.S. Consul General in Vladivostok. In addition to meeting with officials from the Ministry of Federal Relations and External Affairs of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Ms. Tracy visited and met with the staff of the
On March 1-2 DCM Lynne Tracy visited Chelyabinsk to introduce an American Rock and Roll band “The Spyrals” at the III International Music Festival “Spring Beat”. In the course of the visit, Ms. Tracy met with the Chelyabinsk Oblast Minister of Culture Alexey Betekhtin, the Director of Chelyabinsk State Regional Studies Museum Vladimir Bogdanovskiy and the Ombudsman for Human Rights
Thanks to the State Department’s cultural exchange program, San-Francisco based rock-n-roll band The Spyrals headlined the International Music Festival – Spring Beat – that took place in Chelyabinsk, Russia February 28 – March 1, 2015. More than ten bands participated and more than 2,000 rock-n-rollers of all ages attended the shows. Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Lynn Tracy from the
Vladivostok Consul General Erik Holm-Olsen made his first visit to Kamchatka, February 26 to March 2. In addition to courtesy calls with local officials, he met with members of two Rotary Clubs, the director of World Wildlife Fund’s Kamchatka office, and visited the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. Over the weekend, the Consul General attended two dog-sled sprints associated with
All of us at the American Embassy and the many American Foreign Service Officers who knew Boris Nemtsov mourn his tragic death today. As governor of Nizhniy Novogorod, Deputy Prime Minister or as a leader of the political opposition, Boris Nemtsov stood for the best in Russia and ably represented the Russian people. We join our President and Secretary of State
Carlton Gardens London, United Kingdom February 21, 2015 …but in the immediacy, Russia has engaged in an absolutely brazen and cynical process over these last days. There is no secret to any of us, not in this age of all kinds of visibility and technical means and satellites and the ability to watch what people are doing – we know
On February 19-20, Stephanie Norby, Director of the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, visited Vladivostok and gave 5 presentations for high school students, teachers, museum personnel, and general public. She talked about the history of the Smithsonian Institution, its structure and online educational resources for students and teachers. Workshop attendees participated in hands-on activities working in groups and
On February 12, as part of the Consulate’s Sports and Friendship program and UGMK’s outreach program, American basketball superstars Candace Parker Williams, Diana Taurasi, Kristi Toliver and Deanna Nolan and American coaches Todd Troxel and Jenny Moshak visited School 99. They challenged students in a series of athletic drills, gave tips on the technique to a perfect layup, and lead
On February 6, IRC Vladivostok held a screening of the movie “Blade Runner”; a haunting mixture of science fiction and film noir. The film raises intriguing questions such as “what is life,” “what does it mean to be human,” and if our ever-increasing dependency on technology is necessarily a good thing. The screening was followed by a discussion led by
QUESTION: Russian media reports are interpreting comments that Obama made in an interview over the weekend as an indication that the U.S. might have been involved in some kind of effort to overthrow the – that led to the overthrow of the previous government. The quote that they’re focusing on is Obama saying, “after we had brokered a deal to transition
On February 2, eighteen players of the Wild Pandas, Vladivostok’s American football team, led by U.S. coach and NCAA star Bobby Rome, came to the Consulate for a live Super Bowl party. The event was indeed a spectacular one: participants had a chance to enjoy the 9:30 AM local time kick off of the premier sporting event of the year.
(Excerpt – on Ukraine Situation) FAREED ZAKARIA: Would it be fair to say that with regard to Russia, your policy has been pretty effective in imposing real costs on the Russian economy, but it has not deterred Vladimir Putin from creating instability in Ukraine. Conflict seems to have even escalated in the last few weeks. PRESIDENT OBAMA: I think that’s
Q: <…> On Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels are again launching new offenses. How at this point can you justify not taking a different approach, given that the Minsk Agreement has all but failed, and sanctions may have had an impact on the Russian economy but they don’t appear to be changing Russia’s calculus when it comes to Ukraine? <…> PRESIDENT OBAMA:
Thank you for that introduction, Alex. I am grateful for this opportunity to speak to members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia. I am sure you already know them and work closely with them, but let me start by introducing my team. First, there is Deputy Chief of Mission Lynne Tracy who has been here for six months
“We condemn continued attacks by separatists as they attempt to control additional territory in violation of the Minsk agreements. Today’s vicious and repeated attacks on the Donetsk Airport and the shelling of a bus that killed 10 people and wounded 13 are just the latest egregious violations of the commitments made by the Russia-backed separatists. We again call on Russia
U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg has hosted the 3d grade students of Koriphey gymnasium. They enjoyed free communication with Consul General Otto Hans Van Maerssen, quest on American traditions and a short tour of the Consulate.
Consul General Otto Hans Van Maerssen visited Perm to present the American repertory company, film-making group and educational organization, Company E. Following master-classes with students of dance in Perm, Company E performed on December 5 to demonstrate the artistic excellence that graces the Washington DC dance scene. The Consul General also met with the Deputy President of the Perm Chamber
On December 9, the Consul General visited the Ural Humanitarian University to deliver a lecture on the common law approach of jurisprudence (the theory of law) in the United States. He outlined the basic foundation of the United States legal system, including the reliance on judicial precedent, with the Law Faculty students, shared his personal experiences of practicing law in
Ambassador Tefft paid his first visit to St. Petersburg on December 7 and 8. On Sunday, December 7, he joined State Hermitage Director Dr. Mikhail Piotrovsky and hundreds of guests for a beautiful evening event held to celebrate the institution’s 250th anniversary. Earlier that day, Ambassador Tefft attended the opening of various exhibits at the State Hermitage, including a collection
Opening Remarks by Douglas Kramer Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs U.S. Embassy Moscow at the Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship and Innovation Tournament (November 20, 2014) I am very pleased to be here today at the opening of the Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship and Innovation Tournament. The tournament takes place during a worldwide event: Global Entrepreneurship Week. Global Entrepreneurship Week started in 2008, with host
World’s first 3D printing pen came to Yekaterinburg recently. Magia Krause, Information Resource Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, visited Yekaterinburg last week to hold a series of workshops on 3D-modeling and LED bracelets. During her workshops, she also discussed the maker movement and “fab labs” – workshops that provide a space for inventors of all ages to create
Statement by U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft Moscow, November 19, 2014 It was a privilege to present my credentials today to President Putin as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation. I joined 14 other ambassadors in the Kremlin’s beautiful Alexander Hall. As a U.S. diplomat for more than four decades, I am committed to maintaining open and frank
ATTENTION: U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide are currently experiencing technical difficulties that may result in delay in visa processing and receiving and sending communications. While the Consular Section in Moscow continues to operate normally, it is unable to process credit card payments at this time. Additionally, applicants who have interviews for student and exchange visitor (F/M/J) visas scheduled for this
On October 3, the U.S. Consulate invited ten high school students from Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk and Lesnoy to spend the day learning about diplomacy. The students toured the consulate, learned the inner workings of the Consular Section, tried their hand at designing a cultural program, and had lunch with Consulate staff. The program, conducted mostly in English, is an excellent opportunity
Amy Ballard, a senior specialist for historic preservation at the Smithsonian Institute, visited Yekaterinburg this past weekend. During her visit, Ms. Ballard spoke with enthusiastic university students in Chelyabinsk, Tyumen and Yekaterinburg about the Smithsonian and about similarities between Russian and American architecture. On Monday, Ms. Ballard and her colleague, Sally Yerkovich, conducted a workshop on a number of topics,
The U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg is pleased to announce the “Discover America in Yekaterinburg!” City Quest. The contest will take place on October 18, 2014, at 14:00 and is open to interested high school students (10 and 11 grades). Students may participate in the competition in teams of three. To enter, please submit your team name and slogan, a funny
The VisitUSA RoadShow, a public event about traveling to the U.S., took place at the Ural Economics University on September 15th. The Consul General and representatives from the Foreign Commercial Service and Consular Section gave presentations on tourism in the U.S. and how to obtain a visa to travel to the U.S. They also answered questions from the roughly
The Consul General visited Artyomovsky district of Sverdlovsk oblast to further mutual understanding in Russia’s rural communities. During his visit, he was shown various sites, including an agro-business, “Artyomovskiy,” which is involved in poultry, cattle and crops. He also visited Pokrov Cathedral. Pictured here is his visit to a school in Artyomovsky, where he explored possible cooperation in English-language educational
Twenty-five students at English Drive Summer Camp learned what it takes to be a diplomat on Monday, when the Public Affairs Officer and staff from the U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg visited. The students participated in role plays, in which they reacted to common situations faced by consular, management, political and public diplomacy officers. In addition, the students took a mock
Approximately 120 campers at Hilton Summer Camp partook in “Jeopardy,” a popular American quiz game, with the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) from the U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg. On August 11, summer campers competed against each other and tested their knowledge of U.S. geography, society, schools and history.
“As We See It,” a photography exhibit by Native American artists about modern Native American life in the United States, opened at the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts on August 8. The U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg was delighted to be able to sponsor the exhibition, which depicts modern triumphs and struggles in the Native American community as seen through the
On August 2-3 the Consul General participated in Omsk’s City Day Celebration. The Consul General attended a variety of cultural events, including participation in a traditional tree planting ceremony. In his congratulatory remarks to Omsk City Mayor, Vyacheslav Dvorakovsky, the Consul General noted Omsk’s positive socio-economic dynamics, conveyed appreciation for the continuous support of the U.S. Consulate’s cultural initiatives in
On July 15, Consul General Otto Hans Van Maerssen visited American manufacturing firms in Chelyabinsk oblast. Emerson-Metran is a leading manufacturer of technical equipment for the oil & gas sector and other industries. The company provides customers with 24/7 support through its Eurasia Customer Support unit. Carbo Ceramics is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of environmentally friendly ceramic proppant.
Continuing a tradition of many of his predecessors, the Consul General hosted an Iftar meal last night at his residence during this month of Ramadan. Representatives of the Muslim faith attended, shared in a halal meal, and engaged in a friendly exchange about customs and traditions in the Muslim world, including in the USA. The Consulate showed some short films
Cooperation between the Perm State National Research University (PSNRU) and the University of Louisville is growing. As part of that cooperation, three American students studied the Russian language from February to June 2014. The students resided on the university campus, attended Russian classes daily, and explored the city and life in Russia during their free time. All of them commented
The Consul General met with the Metropolitan of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye, His Holiness Kirill, to discuss benevolent activities and religious issues. His Holiness Kirill also outlined the religious history of Yekaterinburg, and offered a visit of the last Russian Tsar’s Saint Family Museum.
On the 4th of July, the U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg gathered friends and partners to celebrateAmerica’s Independence Day. This jubilee, the 20th Independence Day celebrated in the Urals and the 238th in American history, featured an official speech by the Consul General, a cake cutting ceremony and, of course, American music. Classic swing, Latin, rock and jazz tunes, masterfully
In expectation of the upcoming American Independence Day celebration, employees at the U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg share a delicious cake, prepared and donated by our next-door neighbor, the Novotel.