Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

History


    The Permanent Mission of the USSR to the United Nations in New York was established after the foundation of the UN under the UN Charter signed on 26 June 1945 at the conference in San-Francisco, which came into force on 24 October 1945. The location and deployment of the Permanent Mission was related to solving and agreeing upon the more general question of the UN Headquarters location.  The decision to choose the USA as a host country for the United Nations was taken by the Preparatory Commission as early as on 15 December 1945, however, the question was still discussed during 1946, and the Headquarters Agreement between the United Nations and the United States of America was only signed on 26 June 1945 to come into force on 21 November 1947.

    General provisions on the immunities for representatives of the Organization’s Member States in UN main and subsidiary bodies were laid down in the Convention on Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 February 1946.

    In April 1945 the staff for the Permanent Mission was approved by the Decree of the USSR Council of Ministers. The Mission, among its tasks, was to actively participate in activities of principal and specialized organizations of the UN system. 

    The status of the Permanent Mission of the USSR to the United Nations was also defined under a resolution of the UN General Assembly of 3 December 1948 on permanent representations to the United Nations, which defined the procedure for appointing permanent representatives and the issue of their powers.

    Since 1991, after the disintegration of the USSR, Russian Federation, along with other former republics of the Soviet Union is represented at the UN as an independent state and operates under the "Provisions on the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to international organizations", approved on 29 September 1999 by a Presidential Decree.

    In December 1991, the Russian Federation, as successor to the Soviet Union in the international arena, has officially taken its place as a permanent member of the UN Security Council after necessary procedures envisaged by the UN Charter. 

Permanent Representatives of the USSR and the Russian Federation to the UN 

Andrey Gromyko

(1909-1989)

in diplomatic service since 1938

1939 - Head of the Section of American States in the USSR People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs

end of 1939 - Counsellor at the Plenipotentiary Mission (Embassy since 1941) of the USSR in the USA

1943-1946 - Ambassador of the USSR to the United States sharing the office of Envoy of the USSR to the Republic of Cuba

1946-1948 - Permanent Representative of the USSR to the UN sharing the office of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR

1948-1949 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR

1949-1952 - First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR

Starting June 1952 - Ambassador of the USSR to Great Britain

1953-1957 - First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR

1957-1985 - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR

starting March 1983 -  sharing the office of Deputy Chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers

1985-1988 - Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR


Yakov Malik

(1906-1980)

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

in diplomatic service since 1937

1937-1939 - worked in Moscow at the USSR People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs

1939-1942 - Counselor at the Plenipotentiary Mission (Embassy since 1941) of the USSR in Japan

1942-1945 - Ambassador of the USSR to Japan

1945-1946 - Political Advisor at the Allied Council for Japan

1946-1953 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR

1948-1952 - Permanent Representative of the USSR to the UN and USSR Representative to the UN Security Council

1953-1960 - Ambassador of the USSR to Great Britain

1960-1980 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR, in 1967 1976 sharing the office of Permanent Representative of the USSR to the UN and USSR Representative

to the UN Security Council

 

Valerian Zorin

(1902-1986)

in diplomatic service since 1941

1941-1943 - worked in Moscow at the USSR People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs

1943-1945 - Head of the Fourth European Section of the USSR People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs

1945-1947 - Ambassador of the USSR to Czechoslovakia

1947-1955 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR

1952-1953 - Permanent Representative of the USSR to the UN Security Council

1955-1956 - Ambassador of the USSR to the Federal Republic of Germany

1956-1960 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR

1960-1963 - Permanent Representative of the USSR to the UN and USSR Representative to the UN Security Council

1963-1965 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR

1965-1971 - Ambassador of the USSR to France

1971-1986 - Ambassador-at-Large at the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Andrey Vyshinsky

(1883-1954)

in diplomatic service since 1940

1940-1946 - First Deputy People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs of the USSR

1946-1949 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR

1949-1953 - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR

1953-1954 - First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR and Permanent Representative of the USSR to the UN


Arkadiy Sobolev

(1903-1964)

in diplomatic service since 1939

1939-1942 - Secretary General of the USSR People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs

1942-1945 - Counsellor at the Embassy of the USSR in Great Britain

1946-1949 - Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, Head of the Department of Political Affairs / Security Council Affairs

1949-1950 - Head of the UN Section at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR, member of the Ministry Board

1950-1951 - Head of the USA Section at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR

1951-1953 - Ambassador of the USSR to Poland

1953-1954 - Head of the Section of American States at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR

1954-1955 - Deputy Permanent Representative of the USSR to the UN

1955-1960 - Permanent Representative of the USSR to the UN and USSR Representative to the UN Security Council

1960-1964 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR


Nikolai Fedorenko

(1912-2000)

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

in diplomatic service since 1939

1939-1941  -  interpreter at the Embassy of the USSR in China

1941-1948  -  Third Secretary, Second Secretary, First Secretary and then Counsellor at the Embassy of the USSR in China

1948-1949  -  Acting Head of the First Far Eastern Section of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1950-1952  -  Counsellor at the Embassy of the USSR in the People’s Republic of China

1952  -  Acting Head of the First Far Eastern Section of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1952-1953  -  Head of the First Far Eastern Section of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1953-1955  -  Head of the Far Eastern Section of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1955-1958  -  Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR

1958-1962  -  Ambassador of the USSR to Japan

1962-1967  -  Permanent Representative of the USSR to the UN and USSR Representative to the UN Security Council

1968  -  left the Ministry to take up scientific work at the Academy of Sciences


Oleg Troyanovsky

(1919-2003)

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

in diplomatic service since 1944

1944-1947  -  Attaché and then Third Secretary at the Embassy of the USSR in Great Britain

1947-1951  -  worked in Moscow at the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1951-1953  -  Head of a section at the ‘Novosti’ magazine editors office

1953-1958  -  Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR

1958-1967 -  Assistant Chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers

1967-1976  -  Ambassador of the USSR to Japan

1976-1986  -  Permanent Representative of the USSR to the UN

1986-1990  -  Ambassador of the USSR to the People’s Republic of China

1990-2003  -  worked in Moscow at the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Yuri Dubinin

(b. 1930)

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

in diplomatic service since 1955 

1955-1956  -  intern at the Embassy of the USSR in France

1956  -  worked at the Section of International Organizations of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1956-1959  -  held a P-1 position at the UNESCO Secretariat in Paris

1959-1962  -  Third Secretary and then Second Secretary of the First European Section at the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1962-1963  -  Assistant Head of the First European Section at the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1963-1968  -  First Secretary and then Counsellor at the Embassy of the USSR in France

1968-1971  -  Deputy Head of the First European Section at the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1971-1978  -  Head of the First European Section at the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1978-1986  -  Ambassador of the USSR to Spain

1986  -  Permanent Representative of the USSR to the UN

1986-1990  -  Ambassador of the USSR to the USA

1990-1991  -  Ambassador of the USSR to France

1991-1994  -  Ambassador-at-Large at the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1994-1996  -  Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia

1996-1999  -  Ambassador of Russia to Ukraine (in rank equal to that of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation)

1999  -  left the Ministry


Alexander Belonogov

(b.1931)

in diplomatic service since 1954

1954-1962 - Assistant, Senior Assistant, Attaché at the Legal and Treaty Section of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1959-1962 - Third Secretary and then Second Secretary at the Section of International Economic Organizations of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1962-1967 - Third Secretary, Second Secretary and then First Secretary at the Embassy of the USSR in Great Britain

1967-1978 - Counsellor, Chief Counsellor, Head Counsellor at the Foreign Policy Planning Office of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1978-1979 - Head of the African and Middle Eastern Section of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1979-1984 - Deputy Head and then Head of the USA Section at the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1984-1986 - Ambassador of the USSR to the Arab Republic of Egypt

1986-1990 - Permanent Representative of the USSR to the UN and USSR Representative to the UN Security Council

1990-1992 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR

1992-1998 - Ambassador of Russia to Canada

1998 - left the Ministry


Yuli Vorontsov

(1929-2007)

in diplomatic service since 1952

1952-1954 - Expert, Chief Expert and then Attaché of the Second European Section at the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1954-1958 - Attaché and then Third Secretary at the Permanent Mission of the USSR to the UN

1958-1963 - Second Secretary, First Secretary and then Counsellor at the Section of International Organizations of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1963-1965 - Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of the USSR to the UN

1965-1966 - Deputy Head of the Section of International Organizations at the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1966-1977 - Counsellor and then Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy of the USSR to the USA

1977 - Deputy Head of the Foreign Policy Planning Office of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs, member of the Ministry Board

1977-1983 - Ambassador of the USSR to India

1983-1986 - Ambassador of the USSR to France

1986-1989 - First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR, starting 1988 shared the office of Ambassador of the USSR to Afghanistan

1990-1994 - Permanent Representative of the USSR to the UN

1994-1998 - Ambassador of Russia to the USA

since 1999 - Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for CIS, since 2000 sharing the posto of the Secretary-General's High-level Coordinator for compliance by Iraq with its obligations regarding the repatriation or return of all Kuwaiti and third country nationals or their remains, as well as the return of all Kuwaiti property, including archives seized by Iraq


Sergey Lavrov

(b.1950)

1972 - graduated from the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Moscow State Institute of International Relations.  Has command of English, French and Sinhalese.

Started his career in 1972 at the Soviet Embassy in Sri Lanka.

1976-1981 - worked in the Department of International Organizations of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

1981-1988 - First Secretary, Counselor and Senior Counselor in the Permanent Representation of the USSR at the UN.

1988-1990 - Deputy Head of the Department of International Economic Relations of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

1990-1992 - Director of the Foreign Ministry's Department of International Organizations and Global Problems.

1992-1994 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

1994-2004 - Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation at the United Nations.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation since 2004.

Has the rank of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation.

Decorated with government awards.

Married, with one daughter.


Andrey Denisov

(b. 1952)

In 1974 - graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International  Relations.

1973 - 1974 - Interpreter, Trade Representation of the USSR in the People's Republic of China.

1974 - 1977 - Post-Graduate Student, Institute of International Political and Economic Studies (degree in 1978).

1978 - 1981 - Economist, Trade Representation of the USSR in the People's Republic of China.

1981 - 1991 - Expert, Deputy Head, Head of Section of the People's Republic of China, CPSU Central Committee.

1991 - Expert, Secretariat of the President of the USSR.

1992 - 1997 - Counselor, Senior Counselor, Minister-Counselor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in the People's Republic of China.

1997 - 2000 - Director, Department of Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. MFA Collegium member since October, 1998.

May 2000 - December 2001 - Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Arab Republic of Egypt.

December 2001 - July 2004 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

July 2004 - April 2006 - Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations in New York (USA) and to the UN Security Council.

April 2006 – First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

Holds the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and

Plenipotentiary.

Has a Ph.D. in Economics.

Married, has a daughter.

Languages: English and Chinese