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November 3, 2014 Kia ora! We invite all those of you who are in Moscow from November 1 through November 16 to the Exhibition celebrating 70 years of the diplomatic relations between Russia and New Zealand: http://vz-tushino.ru/2014/11/31-10-16-11-2014g-vystavka-aotearoa-strana-dlinnogo-belogo-oblaka-k-70-letiyu-diplomaticheskih-otnoshenij-mezhdu-rossiej-i-novoj-zelandiej-1944-2014/

There will be some amazing documents, antique books, and other exciting items on the topic including some photos of Russian and New Zealand photographers Olga Suvorova, Roman Matasov, Mark Gee, Tatsiana Chypsanova, Yana Gild and others. Russian Keys Ltd and the New Zealand – Russia Foundation are proud to assist with some arrangements. But that was Roman Matasov (Lomonosov Moscow State University) who has pulled together all the necessary links and that is a huge tribute to him! Also a big thank you to Stuart Prior, Honorary Consul of Belarus in New Zealand and other supporters!

Kia kaha

 

 

Russia - New Zealand Video

     Interview of New Zealand Prime Minister John Key by the leading Russian journalist Sergey Brilev, Vesti http://www.vesti.ru/only_video.html?vid=443882

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It's too bad we, Russians, are not green or blue or purple, because if we were, the world would treat us differently. The West expects us to act like they act, they keep criticizing us – and you know why? We look like them. Take the Chinese. Does the West go after them not being democratic, for not living up to western standards? No. Because they look different. Our problem is that we look like Westerners, but in fact we are not, we are different.Andron Konchalovsky

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Russia - New Zealand History

Lieut. -Colonel H. C. Barclay, M.D., of Timaru, writing to the Christchurch Sun, says: — Arriving in Petrograd, after a tedious 22 days journey from Japan, I was anxious to waste no time, but to get to the front. At that time no reverses had be fallen the English or French troops, and the idea of my commission leading to an appointment in England among the army that was to be recruited had not occurred to me, and so I promptly offered myself as an army surgeon to the Russians, and was accepted as an operating surgeon, though of the language I knew nothing. Still, if they were game to take me, I was game to go. During the ten days of waiting I had some interesting, if not exciting, personal expediences. I had the honor of being, presented to the Empress - that is, the Dowager Empress, the mother of the present Tsar. It was at one of the summer palaces on the island of the Neva, on the borders of Petrograd. After some formal introduction to a baroness and one of the Princesses, the Empress came in. She was attired in black with a plain white collar and a pearl necklace, her hair dressed in ordinary English fashion. There was no difficulty in seeing at once the likeness to Queen Alexandra, whose sister she is, but she was not as tall, nor as impressive in appearanpe as I understand the late Queen of England to be. She was exceedingly gracious in manner and in speech, and spoke English like an English lady would. Among other things, she expressed her pleasure at seeing an Englishman with her troops, and when she spoke of  the Anglo-Russian alliance, the emotion behind the words was plainly visible to me. A TALISMAN. When I said  that while with her countrymen I hoped to do my duty faithfully and well she slipped a little present into my hand, saying, -"Keep this for my sake, and may it protect you." Then her Majesty looked me very straight in the face and paused - her eyes were moist “Thank God for the English alliance," – she said and raising her hand to my lips I kissed it, bowed, and she passed out. It needed no keen observer to be aware of the feeling at the back of words in themselves so simple. Needless, to say, the little gift was of the nature of an amulet, a religious token to be worn round the neck. Of her interest in my reasons for being in Russia at the time, and of her questions about New Zealand and Australia I need not write. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLI, Issue 13570, 23 December 1914, Page 2

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