Martin Harris

Martin Harris

Minister and Deputy Head of Mission to Russia

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23rd July 2015 Moscow, Russia

Sir Martyn Poliakoff

Foreign Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society

On UK-Russia scientific cooperation

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Guest blog by Sir Martyn Poliakoff, Foreign Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society I am delighted to be contributing to the Embassy’s blog. I am a British chemist, born in London, with a Russian father and English mother. I work at the University of Nottingham, and my research is focussed on Green Chemistry, a […]

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3rd June 2015 Moscow, Russia

Martin Harris

by Martin Harris

Minister and Deputy Head of Mission to Russia

A story of a British-built Russian icebreaker, who took part in the Arctic convoys

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Guest post by Keith Allan, Consul General in St. Petersburg The Russian ice-breaker, the Krasin, was built in Newcastle in 1916-17 and went on to play an important role in the Arctic Convoys of World War II. In this blog, Consul General Keith Allan talks about his recent visit to Newcastle University where a model […]

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7th May 2015 Moscow, Russia

Martin Harris

by Martin Harris

Minister and Deputy Head of Mission to Russia

Triumph and Tragedy: remembering World War II – Guest post by Jon Sharp, Consul General in Ekaterinburg

A number of military anniversaries are being celebrated at the moment. Earlier this month there were striking images from the centenary of the Gallipoli landings. I’m sure there will be similar scenes throughout the period leading to 2018 and the centenary of the ending of World War I. In Russia we have been marking the […]

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5th March 2015 Moscow, Russia

Martin Harris

by Martin Harris

Minister and Deputy Head of Mission to Russia

International Women, acting together against domestic violence

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International Women’s Day is a huge festival in Russia, and the biggest sales day of the year for florists across the country. But yesterday in Ekaterinburg we marked the occasion with a more practical demonstration of what International Women’s Day means. With support from our Consulate in Ekaterinburg, the directors of womens’ crisis centres and […]

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28th November 2014 Moscow, Russia

Martin Harris

by Martin Harris

Minister and Deputy Head of Mission to Russia

In St.Andrew’s footsteps

St Andrew may not be my name saint, but he is my adopted one. I’ve been following him around all my life, born in Scotland and serving in three of the other countries that have St Andrew as their patron saint – Ukraine, Romania and Russia. Indeed he was in the background before I was […]

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14th November 2014 Moscow, Russia

Martin Harris

by Martin Harris

Minister and Deputy Head of Mission to Russia

The Baltic Convoys

This week I have been commemorating Remembrance Day in the Russian Arctic port city of Murmansk, destination of the famous Arctic Convoys that ran the gauntlet of German submarines on the northern supply route between Britain and the Soviet Union during the Second World War. I have also been reflecting on a different convoy in […]

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22nd April 2014 Moscow, Russia

Martin Harris

by Martin Harris

Minister and Deputy Head of Mission to Russia

Farewell to Romania

Martin Harris has now finished his appointment in Romania. Please visit the blog of Raluca Bragarea, Head of Communications  to follow the Embassy business and welcome the new ambassador Paul Brummell in August.

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14th April 2014 Moscow, Russia

Martin Harris

by Martin Harris

Minister and Deputy Head of Mission to Russia

10 things I like about Romania

On leaving Romania, here are a few of my favourite things… 1. Shajjad and Katie Rizvi and the Temerari at Little People. You guys rock! 2. Monasteries, especially Putna, Voronets, Horezu, Bistrita and Schitul Darvari in Bucharest 3. The fabulously talented kids of School No 136 in Ferentari 4. And ‘Fiecare copil in grădiniță’ in […]

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7th April 2014 Moscow, Russia

Martin Harris

by Martin Harris

Minister and Deputy Head of Mission to Russia

Security depends on Judges, not just Generals

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph recently  William Hague argued that Ukraine’s future security depends crucially on dismantling the oligarchic state that characterised Yanukovych’s rule and taking resolute steps to tackle corruption. And he advocated more determined action in tackling corruption in the Balkans as well, to ensure strong, stable and democratic states in this part […]

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31st December 2013 Moscow, Russia

Martin Harris

by Martin Harris

Minister and Deputy Head of Mission to Russia

New Year Honour for Founder of Hospices of Hope, Romania

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This New Year, HM The Queen has recognised the achievements of one of the most remarkable Great Britons in Romania. Graham Perolls is made a Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in the New Year’s Honours List, an order of chivalry reserved for those who render extraordinary service in a foreign […]

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About Martin Harris

I am the Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy
in Moscow. In my last job I was the Ambassador at the British Embassy in
Bucharest. Previously I have served at the British Embassies in Kyiv
and Moscow as well as at the UK Delegation to the OSCE in Vienna.
I love music, especially opera, chamber and sacred music. I am
married to Linda MacLachlan. We have three daughters, Catriona, Tabitha
and Flora – and they have one dog Timur and two cats, Pushkin and Tolstoi.

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