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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

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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We are having long lambskin coats made with outer surface of Gabardine. A good warm cloth overcoat is also recommended by Australian Legation which advises in addition, furlined coat. We have not examined cost of latter but have been informed by a local resident previously living in Russia that they are “de rigueur” for official classes, sheepskin coats being associated with peasantry…Fur caps and furlined gloves are recommended. Top hats are not being taken.
What a country in which the occurrence of queues outside shops is a sign of improving conditions.
It is the most wonderful springtime, the tenderest green on the trees. As always in Moscow, the spring is so fresh, it seems to be happening for the first time.
The Russian language is like a sack pulled over the head of the wretched foreigner. Those like Ruth Macky and me, who have cut an eyehole or two in the sack, have to lead by the hand those who are still living in the darkness. Curious, but the one who shows most promise of all the beginners is Mrs Boswell. For myself I reckon I’ll know Russian well in ten years’ time. It really is a monster of a tongue. Paddy Costello, New Zealand diplomat and linguist, Moscow, 1944

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