updated 9:43 AM UTC, Dec 29, 2017

Teacher’s Day celebrations at the Russian Embassy’s School in Pretoria

Russia traditionally celebrates the Teacher’s Day in October. This year was no different: teachers, pupils, parents and Embassy staff — everyone gathered on at the Russian Embassy’s School in Pretoria on 2 October to cheer at our past and current mentors.

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The students prepared short comic sketches on the humorous side of a typical school routine and the teachers-pupils relations. These scenes caused quite a few laughs and received well-deserved ovations from the audience. 

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Some of the younger children also pitched in and sang songs in the honour of their teachers.

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The teachers thanked the Russian Embassy for its assistance and the students for their creativity, wished everyone, including the attending parents and relatives of the students a good Teacher’s Day.

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The Russian Embassy holds Photo-Exhibitions devoted to the 70th Anniversary of Victory over Nazism at Public Libraries in Pretoria

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On 2 September the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of South Africa opened two photo-exhibitions at public libraries in Pretoria in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of Victory over Nazism and the end of World War II with dozens of historical photos put on display.

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We invite everyone to visit Brooklyn Public Library and Alkantrant Library at Lynwood to see the pictures of Liberation of Europe from Nazism by the Soviet Army. Learning about the Past helps understand the Present and peer into the Future.

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Knowledge Day celebrations and the start of a new academic year at the Russian Embassy’s School in Pretoria

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Russia’s Knowledge Day, which also traditionally marks the start of a new academic year, was celebrated at the Russian Embassy’s School in Pretoria on 1 September 2015. This year’s event had a special flavour to it — the School got upgraded to a full-scale educational facility with all grades present, from the 1st to the 11th.

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The celebrations opened with a rendition of the Russian National Anthem and traditional presentations by the teachers and the students.

The Russian Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa H.E. Mikhail Petrakov congratulated the students, their parents and the teachers on the beginning of a new academic year. The Ambassador wished the children to achieve success in their pursuit for knowledge.

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Afterwards senior pupils masterfully waltzed to the music of the famous Soviet-Russian composer Georgy Sviridov.

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Then the first graders eloquently recited some school-related verses.

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According to a Russian tradition a bell ring often referred to as the «First Bell» marks the start of a new academic year. In a symbolic gesture of passing the baton of knowledge, students from both the 11th and the 1st grades rang the bell together.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin's Opening Remarks at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Draw Ceremony


President of Russia Vladimir Putin: President Blatter, ladies and gentlemen, friends. I am happy to welcome you to Russia, to the historical St Petersburg suburb of Strelna.

This is a special day for millions of fans of the number one game in the world. We are launching a grand football marathon of 180 national teams. They have 840 qualifying games ahead of them to determine the 31 strongest teams. We will be looking forward to welcoming them in Russia in 2018 at the first World Cup in the history of this country.

The FIFA World Cup is a major world sports event, a grand festival that leaves unforgettable impressions, a festival with a special atmosphere of unity and shared joy.

Football is one of the most popular sports both in this country and in the entire world. Football clubs have a huge army of fans. Football has priority place among sports and fitness programmes in Russia, and it is also part of the many educational initiatives directed at promoting sports and healthy living among young people.

This country has long traditions of playing football. Here today are some outstanding representatives of several generations of national football. I am certain that we will raise new talented players who will join the leading clubs and national teams. We cannot ignore here the success of our national youth team at the recent European Championship, where they won silver medals.

The selection of Russia as the host of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will help enhance the popularity of this sport and broaden its geography. I believe this is what guided the members of the FIFA executive committee when they were selecting the host nation for the 2018 championship. This will enhance interest in football not only here in Russia, but in many of our neighbouring countries.

The 2018 tournament will take place in 11 cities located in regions with unique cultural traditions. Guests from all over the world will learn about the unique history of this country and its cultural diversity.

It is of principle importance for us to create impeccable conditions for the teams so they can fully concentrate on their game and demonstrate high-class football. Naturally, we will also do everything in our power to ensure security and comfort for the fans. One practical measure in this direction was the cancellation of entry visas for all World Cup ticket holders.

I would like to confirm once again that we will implement all our plans in preparing for the tournament. Hosting it is one of our key tasks and a good opportunity to demonstrate to the world Russia’s diversity and openness, its ability to surprise and inspire.

I wish all the teams good luck in the draw and in the qualifying matches. Thank you for your attention.

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Celebration of the Day of Russia in Pretoria

On June 11, 2015 H.E. Mr.M.I.Petrakov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho hosted an annual reception on the occasion of the Day of Russia-the National Holiday of the Russian Federation. The Ambassador and the guest of honor, Deputy Director General of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Afffairs Mr.K.Yerri, delivered brief welcome messages.

During the reception two Russian compatriots – war veterans residing in South Africa were awarded commemorative table medals «70th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945».

The reception was attended by prominent representatives of political, social, cultural and business communities of South Africa, foreign ambassadors and Russian compatriots. 

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