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Interview with Mr Mikhail Khodorkovsky by Stuart Prior Print E-mail

Interview with Mr Mikhail Khodorkovsky by Stuart Prior, Chairman of Prior Group, 14 June 1991

The interview was taken as part of a study mandated by the New Zealand authorities to look into ways in which New Zealand could take advantage of the economic changes and consequent opportunities emerging in the USSR as a result of the Gorbachev reform period changes. Khodorkovsky was selected for interview - on 14 June 1991 -  as one of the intelligent and talented young entrepreneurs who were emerging in Moscow at this time.

The interview took place at a time of rapid, often bewildering changes, in the later Gorbachev period as the reform process in the USSR gathered speed.  From the perspective of the interviewer, Khodorkovsky gave a fair and balanced assessment. He provided insights into economic/political trends and developments and problems and challenges .

New Zealand debuts at Russian Agrofarm 2014 Print E-mail

Dec 10, 2013 - New Zealand will make its debut at Agrofarm 2014, with a stand showcasing eight leading edge agribusiness companies. New Zealand’s presence at the show is significant as 2014 also marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Russia.
New Zealand’s reputation as a leading global food producer is due to its strength and leadership in pastoral farming. The small Southern Hemisphere nation is known for its low cost and efficient conversion of pasture to protein, and the systems that surround it — from food safety to processing and logistics.
As a result, agricultural technologies developed in New Zealand are now helping other countries improve farming practices and deliver higher yields and greater consistency in farming outcomes.

Kiwi Greenpeace activists freed from Russian jail Print E-mail

Nov 23, 2013 APNZ - Both New Zealand Greenpeace activists being held in Russia over an Arctic drilling protest have been freed on bail.
David Haussmann and Jonathan Beauchamp were arrested with the so-called Arctic 30 in September after Russian authorities boarded their vessel, the Arctic Sunrise, in international waters.
They were charged with hooliganism, along with 26 other Greenpeace activists, a freelance photographer and a freelance videographer.
Mr Haussmann was granted bail earlier this week and walked out of Russian prison yesterday. Mr Beauchamp has now also been freed.

New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Murray McCully visits Russia Print E-mail

Nov 2013 - On 4-5 November 2013, at the invitation of the Russian Foreign Minister H.E. Sergey Lavrov, New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Murray McCully made an official working visit to the Russian Federation.

The visit reciprocated the visit made by Minister Lavrov to New Zealand in January 2012 (the first ever dedicated bilateral visit by a Russian Foreign Minister).  On 5 November the two Ministers discussed the current state of bilateral relations and their prospects for future development. Particular attention was given to the priority being given to concluding Free Trade Agreement negotiations between New Zealand and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

New Zealand’s McCully Thanks Lavrov for Promoting Syria Peace Print E-mail

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murray McCully underscored Russia’s positive role in the Syrian peace process at the Tuesday meeting with his Russian opposite number, Sergei Lavrov.

McCully thanked Russian diplomats for their constructive effort in settling the ongoing Syrian conflict and unrelenting push for the long-overdue Geneva-2 conference, Voice of Russia correspondent Kira Kalinina said.

FTA talks between CU and New Zealand proceed fast - Russian Minister Print E-mail

MOSCOW, 5 November (BelTA) – The talks on the free trade agreement between the Customs Union and New Zealand are on the advanced stage, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on 5 November following the talks with his New Zealand’s counterpart Murray McCully, BelTA has learnt.

“The free trade agreement between the Customs Union and New Zealand can give a special impetus to the trade and economic cooperation. The talks on the text of the agreement are on the advanced stage. We have agreed to consider additional steps to speed up the process,” Sergei Lavrov said.

Two Greenpeace Kiwis arrested in Russia may avoid piracy charges Print E-mail

2 October 2013, NZN, Greenpeace NZ is hopeful two Kiwis arrested in Russia alongside 28 other activists will avoid piracy charges.
New Zealanders David John Haussmann and Jonathon Beauchamp were among those arrested last month after two campaigners tried to board an Arctic oil platform.


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The first European to find NZ was a Dutch who was looking for smthing else. It takes its name from a province of Holland to which it does not bear the remotest likeness, and is usually regarded as the antipodes of England, but is not. Taken possession of by an English navigator, whose action was reversed by his country's rulers, it was only annexed by the English Government which did not want it, to keep it from the French who didW.P.Reeves, 1898

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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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