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Amb. Ivashentsov Marks Day of Russia in Seoul
Hundreds Inivted to Reception at Russian Embassy
By Ted Gim
Staff Reporter
Russian Ambassador to Seoul Gleb A. Ivashentsov (right) and his wife, Irina Yu. Ivashentsov greet guests at the Russian Embassy in Seoul during a Day of Russia reception held on June 12, 2008.

Russian Ambassador to Seoul Gleb A. Ivashentsov and his wife, Irina Yu. Ivashentsov, hosted a reception at the Russian Embassy in Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, downtown Seoul to mark the annual Day of Russia celebtations.

The dinner reception was held at the main hall of the Russian Embassy and flowed out into the garden behind the embassy building at 6:30 p.m. on the day. Scores of foreign ambassadors and their spouses braced the rain to congratulate the ambassadorial couple on their national day.

Amb. Gleb A. Ivashentsov (6th from left) and his wife, Irina Yu Ivashentsov (to his left) pose for the camera with other envoys and guests during a Day of Russia reception at the Russian Embassy in Seoul on June 12, 2008.

The guest list included local businessmen, politicians as well as academics from all over the globe. They were treated to live music by a five-man Russian throughout the evening. Some of the foreign envoys had to leave early for another reception at Hyatt Hotel in Hannam-dong.

The Origin of Russia Day

Day of Russia is a holiday of national unity celebrated on June 12. On this day, in 1990, Russian parliament formally declared its sovereignty.

Mrs. Lyudmila Fen(second from right), wife of Uzbekistan Amb. Vitali V. Fen, and other ladies pose for the camera.

The holiday was officially established in 1994. Initially it was named "Day of the adoption of the Declaration of Sovereignty of the Russian Federation," on 1 February 2002 was officially renamed to "Russia Day" (in 1998 Boris Yeltsin offered this name socially).

There exists a widespread myth, that the name of this holiday is/was "Russia Independence Day," but it never had such a name in official documents.

For details or inquiries please contact the Russian Embassy in Seoul at 318-2116/8.

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Ted Gim serves as staff reporter of The Seoul Times. He studied tourism management at a S. Korean university. He spent three years in England and Ireland, studying and living there. He studied tourism at a English college for two years. He covers tourism industry as well as diplomatic community in Seoul.






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