Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko
Yakovenko in 2013
|Ambassador of Russia to the United Kingdom|
7 January 2011 – 26 August 2019
|Preceded by||Yury Fedotov|
|Succeeded by||Andrey Kelin|
Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko
21 October 1954
Homel, Belarusian SSR, Soviet Union
Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko (Russian: Алекса́ндр Влади́мирович Якове́нко; born 21 October 1954) is a Russian diplomat. He served as the Ambassador of Russia to the United Kingdom between January 2011 and August 2019. Since August 2019, he has been rector of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is a former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia. While working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow, he was in charge of multilateral diplomacy (UN, UNESCO and other international organizations, economic and humanitarian cooperation, human rights, environmental cooperation, climate change, education, culture and sport issues). A graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1976, he later gained a Doctor of Law degree. Yakovenko holds the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and speaks Russian, English and French.
Yakovenko began his diplomatic career in 1976 and has held positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, including the Department of International Organizations, the Permanent Mission of the USSR to the United Nations in New York, the Foreign Policy Planning Department, the Department of International Scientific and Technical Cooperation, the Department of Security and Disarmament, the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to International Organizations in Vienna, and the Information and Press Department. He has participated in many sessions of the UN Security Council and General Assembly, the UNESCO General Conference, various OSCE forums, negotiations on conventional armed forces in Europe and confidence building measures, the IAEA Board of Governors meetings, the Russian-American Joint Commission on Economic and Technological Cooperation, and the G8 expert meetings. He headed the Russian delegation at the International Space Station negotiations (1993–1998).
Ambassador to the UK
Yakovenko has written several comment and opinion pieces for British Daily Telegraph newspaper to clarify his diplomatic position. On 27 February 2019, he was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky.
On 24 August 2019, a short note appeared on the website of the Russian Embassy in London stating that "Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Mr Alexander Yakovenko relinquished his duties and departed to Russia. Mr Ivan A. Volodin, Minister-Counsellor, acts as Chargé d'Affaires a.i." On 26 August 2019, the Russian news agency Sputnik reported that President Vladimir Putin had "relieved Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Alexander Yakovenko of his duties, with a relevant decree published on the official legal information portal." It was announced on 28 August 2019 that he would become the new rector of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- 2011–2019 – Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom
- 2005–2011 – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
- 2000–2005 – Spokesman, Director of the Information and Press Department, MFA
- 1997–2000 – Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to International Organizations in Vienna
- 1995–1997 – Deputy Director of the Department of Security and Disarmament, MFA, Russian representative at the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) Governing Board (Moscow)
- 1993–1995 – Deputy Director of the Department of International Scientific and Technical Cooperation, MFA
- 1976–1993 – various posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and abroad
Recent participation in international fora
- 2009– – Vice-President of the Durban Review Conference (Geneva), Head of the Russian delegation
- 2000–2009 – UN General Assembly sessions (New York)
- 2000–2009 – UN Security Council meetings (New York)
- 2005–2009 – Head of the Russian delegation at the ECOSOC sessions (Geneva, New-York) 2006-2009 - Head of the Russian delegation at the UNECE Session (Geneva)
- 2006–2009 – Head of the Russian delegation at the Human Rights Council sessions (Geneva)
- 2008–2009 – Head of the Russian delegation at the Alliance of Civilizations annual forum (Madrid, Istanbul)
- 2008– – Head of the Russian delegation at the Special Session of the FAO Conference (Rome) 2008 - Head of the Russian delegation at the UNEP Special Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (Monaco)
- 2007 – Head of the Russian delegation at the UNESCO General Conference (Paris)
- 2007 – Vice-President of the UNIDO General Conference (Vienna), Head of the Russian delegation
- 2006–2007 – Head of the Russian delegation at the UNESCAP Session (Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan; Busan, Republic of Korea)
- 2006 – Russian Representative at the Non-Aligned Movement Summit (Havana)
- 2006 – Head of the Russian delegation at the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (Paris)
- Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (Moscow)
- Member of the Space Council, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow)
- Member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL, Paris)
- Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA, Paris)
- Biography of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko in Russian and other languages
- "Kremlin appoints new envoy to Britain". Moscow: RIA Novosti. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
- "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 27.02.2019 г. № 79" (in Russian). Kremlin.ru. 27 February 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
- Note of the Russian Embassy in London, 24 August 2019
- Putin Relieves Russian Ambassador to UK Yakovenko of His Duties, Sputnik, 26 August 2019
- "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 26.08.2019 г. № 399" (in Russian). Kremlin.ru. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
- "Яковенко станет новым ректором Дипломатической академии МИД России" (in Russian). TASS. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2019.