Reportage: Russian National Day 2015

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Outgoing Russian CG Mr Vladimir Kalinin is proud to announce closer ties between Moscow and Hong Kong on the National Day reception as his fruitful tenure comes to an end.


On June 11, the Russian Consulate-General hosted the cocktail reception to celebrate Russia Day 2015.

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen was the guest of honour. Distinguished guests include Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing, representatives of foreign missions and the Moscow Patriarchate as well as leaders of the Russian community in Hong Kong.

In his welcoming speech, Russian Consul-General Mr Vladimir Kalinin hailed the close Sino-Russian relations  and praised the great success in fostering cultural collaborations between Moscow and Hong Kong, with special gratitude offered to Tsang Tak-sing.

Mr Kalinin, who has been in the city for three and a half years, also seized the opportunity to announce his departure back to Moscow to assume a new role in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, promising to continue his effort to promote cooperation between the two places.

“I will be leaving this fascinating World City with a bit of sadness, missing friendly and helpful Hong Kong people, many friends and colleagues,” Mr Kalinin said.

“But at the same time I am returning home with a good feeling of accomplishing a noble task to make Russia, Hong Kong and Macao closer to each other.”

On June 12, 1990, the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic was endorsed, marking the beginning of constitutional reform in Russia.