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"Day of Russia" Celebrated in Seoul
Amb. Ivashentsov Hosts Reception at Residence
Russian Ambassador to Seoul Gleb A. Ivashentsov poses for The Seoul Times with Welfare Minister Jeon Jae-Hee at his residence.

Russian Ambassador to Seoul Gleb A. Ivashentsov and his wife, Irina Yu. Ivashentsov, hosted a reception at the Russian Embassy on June 11, 2009 in Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, downtown Seoul on the occasion of its national day "Russia Day."

A number of guests and friends of Russian were invited to the dinner reception held at 6:30 p.m. on the day at the main hall of the Russian Embassy and on the garden in the back of its embassy.

Russian Amb. Gleb A. Ivashentsov (4th from left) poses with his wife, Irina Yu. Ivashentsov (2nd from right), and other dignitaries.

Scores of top foreign envoys and their spouses serving in Seoul attended the diplomatic gathering.

The guests were treated with Russian dishes and with music from the live Russian band throughout the evening.

Among the VIP guests was a local lawmaker, Jeon Jae-Hee of the conservative Grand National Party (GNP).

Mrs. Irina Yu. Ivashentsov, wife of Russian Amb. Gleb A. Ivashentsov, poses with other participants.

The 59-year-old third-term National Assemblywoman now serves as Ministry for Health, Welfare, and Family Affairs. She also served two-term as mayor of Gwangmyong City in Gyeonggi Province.

Day of Russia or Russia Day is the national holiday of the Russian Federation, celebrated on June 12. It has been celebrated every year since 1992. The First Congress of People's Deputies of the Russian Federation adopted the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic on June 12, 1990.

Ms. Anna Sidorova, attache of the Russian Embassy in Seoul poses for The Seoul Times with other participants at the reception held at her embassy on June 11, 2009 on the occasion of "Day of Russia" celebration.

Russian Federation established diplomatic relations with South Korea in 1990. Russia has since been a very important country to South Korea.

In the past years presidents of the two nations have met nearly 20 times.

As recently as Sept. 28-30, 2008 South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak visited Russia. Since then the bilateral ties have been developing towards strategic partnership.

Mrs. Irina Yu. Ivashentsov, wife of Russian Amb. Gleb A. Ivashentsov, poses with her diplomatic friends.

Russia and South Korea are both much needed trade partners each other.

The bilateral trade has been expanding since the establishment of diplomatic ties.

Last year alone trade increased by 20.1 percent, amounting to 18.09 billion US dollars.

Russian exported 8.34 billion worth of goods to South Korea and the increase was by 19.5 percent. Russian import from South Korea reached 9.75 billion US dollars, up by 20.5 percent.

Russia is the 8th largest trade partner 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.

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