Day of Russia in New York, 2006

Flag of Russia Day of Russia celebration. June 16, 2006 on yacht "Nautical Empress".

It is for the first time that the American three-decker ‘Nautical Empress’ set sail to its cruise around Manhattan carrying the Russian flag on top of its mast. The crew welcomed aboard about 400 guests.

The Day of Russia was celebrated in such an original fashion for the first time in history of both the City and the State of New York.

It was a singular opportunity to meet many outstanding representatives of the two countries strengthening the friendship between them.  Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin had business as well as small talk with his colleagues from the Mission to the UN.  Officials from the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York easily found common language with representatives of the French Consulate General and seemed never to lack interlocutors.  Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus Andrei Dapkiunas, Russian Trade Representative in New York Dmitry Borisov, Democratic leader of Brooklyn’s 46th district Mark Davidovich and other diplomats of the US, Europe and the UN.  Elite of American and local Russian-speaking business circles included representatives of Morgan Stanley, Creatives Launches, Cinderella Travel Co., Russian National Group, Duty Free, St. Petersburg Bookstore, ‘Russian Samovar’, and many others.  Unfading is interest to such outstanding personalities as writer Georgy Vainer, hockey players Sergey Nemchinov and Alexei Kasatonov, a renowned swimmer of the past, bronze-winner at Munich-72 Olympics and the father of two famous NHL players Vladimir Bure, many other people known around the globe.

Five hour of the cruise along the coast of Manhattan departing from Chelsea Piers via the Statue of Liberty to the UN Headquarters slid in a wink.  Globe PR Group, Inc., the organizer-cum-primary sponsor of the celebration envisaged absolutely everything: the delicious meals (not overlooking the traditional pancakes with caviar) and a wide choice of drinks, and, most importantly, music to all tastes.  One deck was shared for aural pleasure by those fond of Russian romance and gipsy tunes: a famous singer Vasily Romani with his band turned even the highest member of society dancing.  Another deck had a disco going on, and at the top one, in the fresh air, music also never stopped, Seva and Co. Jazz Band tuned the guests into high spirits.  Masters in their skill, they easily performed tunes that have become jazz and rock classics, and also latest Russian hits.  The opera was represented by a renowned operatic singer Vasily Cheptinary accompanied by a virtuoso pianist Leonid Loginov-Katz.  Notably, the guests also showed their talents, among those were Natalia Gramotina, head Media Department of Global Advertising Strategies; Andrei Terekhov, a legal officer of UN Secretariat; Igor Lebedinsky, a radio host, who sang the famous ‘New York, New York’; Isabelle Ballot, of French origin, an employee of the UN Secretariat; her fellow-citizen Joseph Nehmes  and others.  For many the celebration marked the beginning of business partnership.

The importance of the event of June 16 on board the ‘Nautical Empress’ is emphasized by immense interest of American, Russian-speaking and Russian press and media that covered the event: CNN TV, First Channel, RTR, RTN TV, Russia Today TV, ITAR-TASS and RIA Novosti news agencies, Komsomolskaya Pravda v Amerike, V Novom Svete, Financial Times newspapers and others.

There is no doubt that such events foster  further development of Russian-American relations in all areas.

The two great powers of ours need each other, so American-Russian partnership has great future. We want the ship symbolizing our partnership to set sail for a long voyage.
Yuri Smirnov, President of Global PR Group

New York hosted the first Celebration night devoted to the Day of Russia. This event organized by an American company, took place on board a yacht cruising around the city-hub Manhattan Island.

The guests included representatives of the diplomatic corps, members of state permanent missions to the UN, Russian as well as American businessmen, journalists, and prominent figures of the US Russian-speaking community.

New York, June 17, 2006, ITAR-TASS correspondent Andrei Shirokov.

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  • Alexander Soin,
  • Nikolay Komissarov,
  • Eduard Amchislavsky