I wanted to draw your attention again to the fact that all this is happening against the background of continuing US officials’ statements on their intention to further toughen sanctions against Venezuela. They are even discussing the possibility of a naval blockade. This seems unthinkable to us.Who is going to be affected by this policy? The ordinary people, the ordinary Venezuelans. This is typical hypocrisy.
The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs explains the procedure for extending the period of temporary stay of foreign citizens on the territory of the Russian Federation
“In order to ensure the realization of the rights and freedoms of citizens, taking into account the situation associated with the spread of a new coronavirus infection, from March 19, 2020, foreign citizens can extend the period of their temporary stay in the Russian Federation.
To do this, they need to contact the closest (to the place of their actual location) territorial body of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs with an application written in any suitable form.
For those citizens arriving in Russia with a visa the term of its validity will be extended, regardless of the purpose of entering the country. If the existing visa has already expired, the temporary stay will also be extended.
Citizens who have arrived in Russia in a manner that does not require a visa the term of their stay extends, including cases when this term has already expired.
The application for issuing permits to use foreign workers and work permits for foreign citizens residing in the Russian Federation is resumed.
In addition, labor migrants can apply for new patents without the need to travel outside Russia, they will also be relieved from administrative responsibility for violation of the deadline for submitting relevant applications.
Foreign citizens legally residing in Russia on the basis of a temporary residence permit or residence permit will get their stay extended if their document expires, ”said the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs Irina Volk.
Certain media outlets say that the Consular Section of the Russian Embassy stopped accepting citizens. Is it really so?
Due to a national emergency declared in the U.S. and the rapidly deteriorating epidemiological situation of coronavirus infection, as well as the recommendations issued by the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention we took certain precautions in order to protect the health of our employees and their family members.
However, the Consular Section of the Embassy and our diplomatic mission itself continues its operation. We will simply refrain from holding mass public events on the Embassy’s grounds and limit access to our diplomatic facilities, as well as reduce the amount of routine consular work.
We call upon our visitors, especially those who had an appointment at the Consular Section of the Russian Embassy to take our precautions with understanding and, if possible, reschedule their visits to a later date. Russian diplomats will be accepting citizens, who seek assistance in emergency situations and on urgent matters, as well as those who reserved an appointment before March 16 – the date when the restrictions were imposed.
I wish to emphasize, that Russian diplomatic missions are always ready to accept Russian citizens and provide them with assistance in urgent matters. The Embassy will set up a “hotline” to accept calls from the Russian citizens and our compatriots with information on those who caught virus infection, their location, health situation and requests to provide assistance.
We are in close contact with the State Department and other U.S. government organizations in charge of epidemiological security. Additionally, diplomatic, not to mention – consular (for instance, in visa matters) cooperation with U.S. agencies remains unchanged.
Please advise – what will happen to consular visits to our compatriots, who are incarcerated in U.S. prisons? For instance, there was information on the upcoming visit to Viktor Bout. How will the restrictions imposed on U.S. prisons affect the Russian diplomats, who were supposed to visit him?
Taking care of Russians, who were incarcerated in U.S. prisons, is a priority of the Russian diplomatic mission. We will continue to monitor the situation around our compatriots. Certainly, we will take any restrictions imposed in the U.S. on visiting places with severe epidemiological situation into consideration, as well as visits in U.S. prisons.
It is true – we were planning to visit Victor Bout, who is currently held at the Marion prison, Illinois, on March 16. However, due to a national emergency declared in the U.S. we had to postpone the meeting to a later date. We maintain constant contacts with Russian citizens in the U.S., as well as their relatives in Russia.
Fifty-five years ago, Soviet pilot-cosmonaut Alexey Leonov was the first person in the world to walk in outer space. This was free floating with no gravity. He moved from the spacecraft to a distance of up to five metres and conducted a number of studies and observations.
The whole world applauded this triumph of Soviet cosmonautics.
The Voskhod-2 spacecraft with cosmonauts Pavel Belyayev and Alexey Leonov was launched by a Voskhod carrier rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on March 18, 1965. Ninety minutes after the launch Leonov climbed into a high-pressure suit and walked into the abyss for the first time.
Many years later the public was told that Leonov had difficulty returning to the spacecraft at first because the pressure difference had expanded his spacesuit and the added bulk was preventing him from passing through the Voskhod’s hatch. The cosmonaut could not afford to panic even though time was running out. He slowly deflated his space suit through a valve and squeezed himself into the air lock.
In all, the cosmonauts spent 26 hours in orbit and then landed 70 km from the city of Solikamsk (Perm Region) at 12:02 on March 19.
Since Leonov’s feat 55 years ago, 232 people have flown into space, including 67 Soviet and Russian cosmonauts, 144 US astronauts, four people from France, Japan and Canada, three Germans, two Chinese, and one each from Switzerland, Sweden, Italy and the UK.
American, British and French Allied soldiers liberated by the Red Army from Nazi prison camps leave Odessa. "In a letter to Marshal of the Soviet Union Rokossovsky, Captain Robert Tier wrote: On behalf of the officers and soldiers of our train, I want to express yo Your Excellency and your Army our heartfelt gratitude for our liberation from the Hitlerite yoke. The Red Army has made us free men. After a long journey trough your vast country and several weeks in camp, we are leaving for our country in order to serve again, and together with you to struggle for the destruction of our common foe, fascism".
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American writer and humorist Samuel Clemens, known to the world by his pen name Mark Twain, visited Russia in 1867 – and even was introduced to the Russian Tsar! “America owes much to Russia for her unwavering friendship in the season of her greatest need”, he wrote in a joint address of a group of American travelers to Alexander II. “That she (America) will ever forfeit it by any premeditated unjust act, or unfair course, it were treason to believe”. In his book An Innocent Abroad Twain describes the hospitality and warm welcome that he experienced in Odessa and Sevastopol.
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