2013 "Day of Russia" Celebrated in Seoul
Amb. Konstantin Vnukov Hosts Reception at Embassy
Russian Ambassador to Seoul Konstantin Vnukov and his wife, Mrs. Yulia Vnukova observed its “Day of Russia” national day by hosting a dinner reception at the Grand Hall of the Russian Embassy in Seoul on June 13, 2013.This year’s event marked the 23rd anniversary of its national day “Day of Russia,” which falls on June 12.On June 12, 1990 Soviet leaders signed a declaration of Russia’s state sovereignty. That declaration marked the beginning of democratic reforms, the rule of law, the equality of all citizens before the law, and the separation of powers.
|Russian Ambassador to Seoul Konstantin Vnukov (right) and his wife, Mrs. Yulia Vnukova, poses for The Seoul Times while they are receiving guests at the dinner reception held at the Russian Embassy in Seoul on June 13, 2013 on the occasion of the "Day of Russia." |
The original name of the holiday was “the Day of Signing the Declaration of State,” which became a public holiday in 1994.
|Russian Ambassador to Seoul Konstantin Vnukov (center) poses for The Seoul Times with his guests at the dinner reception held at the Russian Embassy in Seoul on June 13, 2013 on the occasion of the "Day of Russia." |
In 1997 President Boris Yeltsin renamed it to “Russia Day.” “Russia Day” is also a patriotic holiday where Russians demonstrate their national pride. This year’s event marked 23 years after the declaration of the state of sovereignty.Hundreds of both international and local guests braved rain to attend the dinner reception thrown at the Grand Hall of the Russian Embassy in honor of Russia’s most important holiday.
Among the high-profile guests were scores of top foreign envoys and spouses, and military attaches. The dinner reception started at 6:30 p.m. on the day and lasted into the evening.A small band of Russian music played various tunes during the reception.Russian Federation established diplomatic relations with South Korea in 1990. Russia has since been a very important country to South Korea.
|Madam Yulia Vnukova (2nd from right), wife of Russian Ambassador Konstantin Vnukov, poses with Ms. Anna Sim (to her left) of Grand Plastic Surgery, with Ms. Sohn Ji-Won of Grand Plastic Surgery, and with Ms. Megan Fox of The Seoul Times at the dinner reception held at the Russian Embassy in Seoul on June 13, 2013 on the occasion of the "Day of Russia." |
Presidents of both Russia and South Korea exchanged visits scores of times over the past 20 years or so. On Sept. 28-30, 2008 South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak visited Russia. Since then the bilateral ties have been developing towards strategic partnership. Both Russia and South Korea are much needed trade partners each other. The bilateral trade has been expanding since the establishment of diplomatic ties.
|Russian Ambassadorial Couple — Russian Ambassador to Seoul Konstantin Vnukov (right) and his wife, Mrs. Yulia Vnukova, poses for The Seoul Times while they are receiving guests at the dinner reception held at the Russian Embassy in Seoul on June 13, 2013 on the occasion of the "Day of Russia." Ambassador Vnukov has been serving as the Russian envoy since he came to Seoul in 2009.|
On Sept. 30, 2010 both Russia and South Korea celebrated the 20th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. Over the past 17 years the bilateral trade volume increased 52 folds. In 2011 the bilateral trade volume reached 23 billion US dollars. South Korea’s export to Russia amounted to 10 billion US dollars. Russia is one of the major trade partners of South Korea. Russia is still one of the fast developing markets for South Korea. For details or inquiries please contact the Russian Embassy in Seoul at 754-0460.
|President Alan Timblick (right) of The Seoul Times poses with Veitnamese Ambassador Tran Trong Toan (left), the envoy's wife Mrs.Le Thi Lai, and with Ms. Megan Fox of The Seoul Times. |
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