updated 9:43 AM UTC, Dec 29, 2017



On 20 February 2017 Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Vitaly Churkin passed away in New York.

We are shocked with these news. Vitaly Churkin was an outstanding diplomat, professional of highest regard, a true patriot and a wonderful person. He fully devoted himself to his work, passed away in his office.

This loss weighs heavy on all of us, both Russian diplomats and entire diplomatic community.

On behalf of the Embassy’s leadership and staff we express our deepest condolences to the family and relatives of this outstanding Russian diplomat. The precious memory of Vitaly Churkin will continue to live on in the hearts of everyone who knew him.

Please send your messages of condolence to the following email: ruspospr@mweb.co.za



Vitaly Churkin’s Biography


Ambassador Vitaly Churkin has been Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations since 2006.

Previously he was Ambassador at Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (2003-2006), Ambassador to Canada (1998-2003), Ambassador to Belgium and Liaison Ambassador to NATO and WEU (1994-1998), Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation to the talks on Former Yugoslavia (1992-1994), Director of the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR/Russian Federation (1990-1992).

Ambassador Churkin held a Ph.D. in history and was a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.