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NZ Govt must send message to Russia over discriminatory laws Print E-mail

Press Release: Green Party  - 8 August 2013 - The Government needs to support gay New Zealand Olympian Blake Skjellerup and call for the repeal of homophobic laws ahead of the Winter Olympics in Russia, said Green Party rainbow spokesperson Jan Logie.

Openly gay New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup plans to defy Russia’s recent ban of so-called "propaganda supporting” any "non-traditional sexual relations” if he is able to make the team for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

“There is growing evidence that recent Russian legislation which discriminates against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has sparked a growing spate of violent attacks on this community in Russia,” said Ms Logie.

Russia Bans New Zealand Dairy Giant’s Products Over Botulism Print E-mail

MOSCOW, August 3 2013 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s federal consumer-protection watchdog said Saturday that it bans dairy products by a major New Zealand company because they may contain bacteria that cause botulism.

Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement that it started recalling Fonterra’s products, including infant formula and advised Russian consumers not to buy the company’s other products.

Fonterra said earlier Saturday that tests of some ingredients showed traces of bacteria that causes botulism.

Russia bans adoptions by single Kiwis Print E-mail

Aug 3, 2013 - - Unmarried Kiwis are no longer able to adopt Russian children because New Zealand has legalised gay marriage, devastating an Auckland woman who was months away from bringing home a baby girl.

The 36-year-old single woman was in the final stages of a three-year adoption process and had already set up and decorated her daughter's room.

But she received the heartbreaking news that President Vladimir Putin had banned adoption of children by gay couples and single people - even if they are heterosexual - from countries which allow same-sex marriage. It affects 14 countries.

New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser Visits Moscow Print E-mail

New Zealand Embassy, Moscow, Russian Federation

The New Zealand Minister of Trade, Hon Tim Groser, visited Moscow from 2-5 April.
While in Moscow the Minister had meetings at the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss latest developments with regards to New Zealand-Russia bilateral  trade and economic ties, including our ongoing FTA negotiations.

Eurasian Economic Commission interested in New Zealand’s policies Print E-mail

MOSCOW, 27 February (BelTA) – Minister of Industry and Agribusiness of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Sergei Sidorsky has met with Minister for Primary Industries of New Zealand Nathan Guy to discuss trade and cooperation prospects in agriculture. The meeting was held on 26 February during the visit of the EEC delegation led by Sergei Sidorsky to New Zealand, BelTA learnt from the EEC press service.

New Zealand athletes prepare for Russia Print E-mail

Paralympics New Zealand, March 7, 2013, The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will take place in Sochi, Russia from 7 - 16 March 2014 and with only one year to go, New Zealand’s top adaptive snow sports athletes are fully focussed on their goals. Adaptive skier Adam Hall and para-snowboarder Carl Murphy have travelled to Sochi to compete at a Paralympic test event and take a first-hand look at some impressive new facilities. The Sochi 2014 Organising committee have not only designed a spectator-orientated Olympic Games but the facilities and athlete villages have been designed with the Paralympics at the forefront of their plans.

Putin receives credentials of New Zealand Ambassador Hamish Cooper Print E-mail

Jan 24, 2013 RIA Novosti Russian President Vladimir Putin has received credentials from new ambassadors of 19 countries.
The credentials were presented by ambassadors of Spain, Cuba, Mexico, Serbia, Australia, Estonia, the Philippines, Sudan, Egypt, New Zealand and other countries.

The event signified the start of their official diplomatic work in Russia.


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Russia - New Zealand Quotes

There are the Russians, who are the Antipodes to all other nations, born, it would seem, into a different perspective or proportion, often overtaken by disaster owing to ignorance or vastness, but wrongly blamed for never having been happy.Sacheverell Sitwell, 1941
Жуткая трагедия в Южных морях! Три миллиона людей заживо попали в ловушку.Томас Скотт, 1979

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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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