American Diplomat in Russia’s City of Steel

On June 25-26, Consul General Paul Carter visited Magnitogorsk.  Vice-Mayor Valeriy Izmalkov spoke on the huge effort of the Magnitogorsk Metallurgical Plant (MMK) to improve the ecological situation in the region and on city’s plans for the future.  In the MMK Museum the Consul General learned about the history of the city and the plant, ...
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Taganay National Park and Traditions of Zlatoust

Consul General Dr. Paul Carter visited the city of Zlatoust and Taganay National Park July 22-23.  Taganay Park was in many ways similar to American national or state parks, and the guests enjoyed a hike on a mountain trail.  The next day the local Center for Developing Tourism and the Stroytekhnika Company provided a tour ...
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Consul General Paul Carter Visited the Innoprom Exhibition

Dr. Paul Carter visited INNOPROM – 2018, an annual international industrial trade fair that Yekaterinburg hosts July 9 through 12.  He stopped by the booths of Cisco, Penetron and many other companies.  When talking to the Head of the Yekaterinburg City International Department, Maksim Dokuchayev, CG Carter emphasized the high level of organization of the ...
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Consul General Paul Carter met with American business representatives

On July 9, The American Chamber of Commerce hosted a dinner for American businesses working in the Urals and participants of the INNOPROM international exhibition.  CG Dr. Paul Carter made a presentation on activities of the U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg.  The participants talked about business environment and consular services.  Alexis Rodzianko, President of the American Chamber ...
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Three For Silver Discovers Traditional American Music has a place in Ural Hearts

In May, Three For Silver, a folk rock band from Portland, Oregon, spent ten days in the Urals giving a great number of concerts, talking about America’s folk traditions, conducting workshops for students at local music schools, and also going on radio shows in Perm and Yekaterinburg. Three For Silver’s original music captured audiences immediately, ...
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Child Protection Day in Yekaterinburg

On May 28 PAS Yekaterinburg organized an American cookie decoration workshop for local children and their families as part of the Child Protection Day festival at a major city landmark – Mayakovskiy Park for Culture and Leisure. The event, organized by the local expo company “Expert” brought together local food vendors and companies as well ...
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Russia’s Entrepreneurship Day

On May 23, Consul General Marcus Micheli and Ural Chamber of Commerce President Andrey Besedin introduced Thomas Bruns, Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, and Dan Caffee, a leading entrepreneur from the state of Utah.  They both spoke at the Ural Chamber of Commerce and Industry at an event dedicated to ...
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American Football on the Snowy Fields of the Urals and Western Siberia

From April 6-11, 2017 a spring training camp on American football, featuring the coaches Billy Elmore and Michael Haynes, gathered more than 100 participants in the Urals and in Western Siberia.  Billy Elmore is the Head Football Coach at West Memphis High School (Arkansas), a two-time state champion.  Michael Haynes played football at Penn State and ...
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U.S. Consul General Marcus Micheli Commemorates Victory Day in Yekaterinburg

Consul General Marcus Micheli and Pol/Econ Officer Michael Ritchie placed a wreath at the Eternal Flame on Fallen Warriors Memorial at Shirokaya Rechka in honor of all those who died during the Great Patriotic War. Afterwards, he and his family attended the May 9 parade at 1905 Square, before traveling to Verkhnaya Pyshma, where he, ...
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US Consul General visited UMMC’s Museum of Military Technology and Automobile

On March 9 U.S. Consul General Marcus Micheli visited UMMC’s Museum of Military Technology (also called the Ural Military Glory Museum) and its Automobile Museum in Verkhnaya Pyshma. With one of the most extensive and interesting collections of military equipment in all of Russia, the Museum of Military Technology consists of two major parts – ...
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Consul General Marcus Micheli visited Ufa

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 ...
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An Exhibition of U.S. Universities

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 ...
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Boston-Yekaterinburg-Yalutorovsk Videoconference

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 ...
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Carol Salmanson’s Work Decorates a Famous Constructivism Monument in Yekaterinburg

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 ...
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American English language program for high school students launched in Yekaterinburg

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 ...
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Kansas – Yekaterinburg: Video Conference on support for children with autism

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 ...
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Fostering elimination of gender-based violence

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 ...
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Consul General visits Irbit

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 ...
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International Education Week-2016 celebrated in the Urals

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 ...
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U.S. Consul General in Yekaterinburg Marcus Micheli visited Chelyabinsk

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, ...
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U.S. Consul visited Chelyabinsk

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 ...
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Sister cities relationship fosters university partnerships

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 ...
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Dialogue on Energy Saving Continues

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 ...
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Integrated Art Keeps Growing in Yekaterinburg

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 ...
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Rock Music Connects Urals and North Virginia

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 ...
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Allen Nause Staged The Odd Couple in Tobolsk

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 ...
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Woven Together Travelled Around Urals Consular District

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 ...
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The Student Loan Stringband Brings Newgrass Music to Russian Audiences

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 ...
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International Young Physicists Tournament in Yekaterinburg

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 ...
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U.S. Independence Day Reception in Yekaterinburg

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 ...
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U.S. Consul General Marcus Micheli visited Tyumen

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 ...
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Consul General and Minister Counselor of Economic Affairs visited VSMPO-AVISMA and UBM

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 ...
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U.S. Consul General Marcus Micheli Visited Orenburg

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, ...
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Consul General visits Penetron Production Facility

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 ...
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Lehrer Dance to Visit the Urals

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,” ...
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Spring Scavenger Hunt

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 ...
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Academic Writing Centers to appear in the Urals and Western Siberia

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, ...
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In a League of Their Own at Dom Pechati

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 ...
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Sustainable Design Expert Visits Yekaterinburg

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 ...
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Woven Together Opens in Salekhard and Dyani Whitehawk Polk Offers Workshops on Porcupine Quilling

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. ...
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Ilya Itin Visits Yekaterinburg

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 ...
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PAO Visits Smart Teen!

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.
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Spring American Football Camp in Yekaterinburg

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 ...
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Roomple.ru Interviews PAO

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 ...
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PAO Discusses Black History Month with Students

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 ...
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Consulate Hosts Young Diplomats Day

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 ...
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EducationUSA Hosts International Education Fair in Yekaterinburg

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 ...
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Selma Screening Draws a Crowd

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 ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest Demonstrations in Yekaterinburg January 23 – 24, 2016

U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg, Russia  U.S. citizens should be aware that Russian government authorities have granted permits for two separate demonstrations in Yekaterinburg on January 23 and 24, 2016.  Organizers from the National Liberation Movement (NOD) in Yekaterinburg claim that they will protest against an alleged “fifth column.”  Additional police presence is expected in and ...
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Filligar Visits Old New Rock Festival and the Urals!

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, ...
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American Christmas in Yekaterinburg

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 ...
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Company E wins more Russian Hearts

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 ...
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DVC in Honor of World AIDS Day took Place in Yekaterinburg

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 ...
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Consul General visited Verkhnyaya Salda

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 ...
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U.S. Sports Envoys Visited Tyumen

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 ...
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Consul General Micheli Travels to Perm

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.
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The Headhunters in the Urals

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 ...
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Woven Together: The Works of Contemporary Native American Artists in Surgut

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 ...
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Louisiana Zydeco Adds Sunshine to Siberian Sky

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 ...
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Young Diplomats Day at the Youth Forum in Tyumen

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 ...
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Consul General visits Udmurtia

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, ...
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Round Table “Modern Models of Support for HIV-Positive Children”

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 ...
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Sports Envoys come to Omsk

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 ...
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U.S. Film Director Screened a Film at the Environmental Film Festival

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 ...
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The Consul General Visited Omsk

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 ...
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Sweet and Healthy Food at a Master Class for Children

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, ...
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Videoconference with American Entrepreneur Terry Jones

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 ...
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Choral Music Brining Inspiration

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 ...
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Consul General visits Irbit

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 ...
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World Without War is Diverse and Beautiful

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 ...
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Inspiring through Dance – REVolutions Dance visits the Urals

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 ...
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Henhouse Prowlers Steal Hearts of Urals Music Fans

“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 ...
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Ambassador Tefft Visited Yekaterinburg

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 ...
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Consul General visits Salekhard

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 ...
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Chris Merrill visited Yekaterinburg

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 ...
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MOOC on Academic Writing with Melissa Hauke

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 ...
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Consul General visits Orenburg

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 ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned March and Demonstration in Yekaterinburg

U.S. citizens should be aware that Yekaterinburg city authorities have issued a permit for a demonstration to recognize the one-year anniversary of  Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.  Beginning at or near 1700 on March 18, 2015, more than 1,000 participants may assemble at the location known as “Ploshad Truda,” or “Labor Square.”  This small ...
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DCM Lynne Tracy visited Chelyabinsk

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 ...
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South Urals Rock-n-Roll Festival Hails The Spyrals

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 ...
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Sports and Friendship: Top WNBA Players lead a Master-class for Russian Students

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 ...
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U.S. Consul General visits Perm

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 ...
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Visit to Ural Humanitarian University

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 ...
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Magia Krause brings world’s first 3D printing pen to Yekaterinburg

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 ...
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Young Diplomats Day

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 ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential Demonstrations in Yekaterinburg for September, 21, 2014

Media reports indicate that “March for Peace” demonstrations may be planned to take place in the center of Yekaterinburg on Sunday, September 21.  There have also been reports of the possibility of “Anti-March” counter demonstrations in the same area.  According to the reports, the marches did not receive approval from local authorities, but marchers may ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: New Information on Demonstration in Yekaterinburg

Russian government authorities have granted a permit for a demonstration to take place near the center of Yekaterinburg on September 21st, 2014. Russian civil society activists are organizing a “Peace March” to oppose the conflict in eastern Ukraine.  Participants will gather at 15:45 at Ploshad Oboroniy. As authorized, the demonstration meeting is to be stationary ...
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Amy Ballard visits Yekaterinburg

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 ...
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Discover America in Yekaterinburg!

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 ...
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VisitUSA RoadShow in Yekaterinburg

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 ...
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Consul General visits Agroindustrial firm “Artyomovskiy”

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 ...
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Diplomacy Day at Camp: U.S. Consulate Staff Conduct Workshop on What It Takes to be a Diplomat

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, ...
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Jeopardy! At Hilton Summer Camp

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.
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Omsk City Day Celebration

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 ...
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Consul General visited American Manufacturing Firms in Chelyabinsk Oblast

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 ...
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Iftar in Yekaterinburg

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 ...
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Perm and Louisville, KY Continue Academic Exchanges

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 ...
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Meeting with the Metropolitan

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.  
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Independence Day

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, ...
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