Day of Russia in New York, 2008

Official Ceremony

  • Welcome

  • The Russian National Anthem and the Star Spangled Banner

  • Greeting

    • Ioori Smirnov, Founder of Event: Day of Russia in NY, President of Globe PR Group Inc.
    • His Excellency Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations
  • Presentation of awards

  • Remarks

    • Dr. Henry Kissinger
    • The Honorable Bradford Billet, Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Commission for the United Nations,
      Consular Corps and Protocol
  • Concert

Budd Mishkin

Budd Mishkin, "One on One" Host/Reporter for NY1's weekly profile series.

Budd Mishkin is the host and reporter for NY1's weekly profile series, "One On 1 with Budd Mishkin," which profiles influential New Yorkers who have significant personal and professional ties to the city. Among those profiled since the series started in 2003 are musicians Wynton Marsalis, Wyclef Jean and Judy Collins; writers Robert Caro, Gay Talese and Pete Hamill; TV chefs Rachel Ray, Bobby Flay and Anthony Bourdain; broadcaster Mike Wallace; educator Geoffrey Canada; environmental activist Majora Carter; and Donald Trump, Ed Koch, Mario Cuomo.

Budd started with the newschannel in 1992 and is one of NY1's original employees. He has served as a sports anchor/reporter for NY1's nightly program "Sports on 1, The Last Word," covering some of the biggest events in recent New York sports history: the Rangers Stanley Cup victory, the Yankees World Series run, the 2000 Subway Series and the Knicks playoff series against the Chicago Bulls, the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat.

As an anchor for the show, Budd has interviewed some of the greats of the New York sports world and beyond: Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley, Rod Gilbert, Boris Becker, Jim Palmer and Brooks Robinson, to name a few. Perhaps his most enjoyable in-studio interview was horse owner and actor Jack Klugman, the beloved Oscar Madison of "Odd Couple" fame.

Since NY1's inception, Budd has contributed feature stories outside the world of sports on subjects ranging from the one-year commemoration of September 11th to profiles of Steve Van Zandt and Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. His anchoring work was cited in an Emmy awarded to NY1 in 1999 for a half-hour special on the death of Joe Dimaggio.

Budd was born in 1959 and raised in Monroe, New York, where his primary loves were the Knicks, the Rangers and The Beatles, though not necessarily in that order. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1981 with a degree in International Relations. Budd has worked in radio and television news and/or sports ever since, including jobs at WNBC Radio, CNN New York, and WRGB in Albany, before coming to NY1. He has also worked as a freelance feature reporter for "Sportsdesk" on the MSG Network.

One previous job that gets excluded from his resume? Budd served as a radio ski reporter in 1985-86, calling stations around the Northeast with daily updates on conditions. He did this not from the slopes but from his cramped apartment in Manhattan. In order not to wake up his two roommates, Budd broadcast his ski reports on the phone every morning from the bathroom. He spent three hours every morning during a cold winter calling radio stations about skiing - true story.

Away from NY1, Budd has turned a hobby into a slowly developing second career: Russian folk singer. He studied in the former Soviet Union in high school and college in the 1970s, then traveled there twice in the 1990s. He describes his Russian as passable, but his love for the music of the late Soviet singer/songwriter Bulat Okudzhava is real. Budd has performed Okudzhava's music at the Cornelia St. Café and Makor in New York City and appears frequently before Russian groups throughout New York. And the one line he's used to start all of these shows? "I know what you are thinking," he says. "Just another TV sports guy who sings Russian folk songs."

Yuri V. Ushakov

Yuri V. Ushakov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States of America

  • Born in Moscow on March 13, 1947.
  • 1970 – graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)
  • 1970 – joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR
  • 1970-1986 – held various posts at the Soviet Embassy to Denmark, at the Scandinavian Department, at the Secretariat General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR; Department of post-graduate studies of the Diplomatic Academy – presented thesis on the Foreign policy of North European countries, Ph.D. (History)
  • 1986-1992 – Deputy Chief of Mission, Minister-Counselor, Embassy of the USSR/Russian Federation to Denmark
  • 1992-1996 – Director, Directorate of All-European Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (in charge of the OSCE, EU, NATO, NACC, WEU, Council of Europe, European regional organizations)
  • 1996-1998 – Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Vienna, Austria
  • 1998-1999 – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (in charge of the UN issues, legal and humanitarian affairs, human rights, linguistic services and archives)
  • Since January 1999 – Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States of America
  • Also serves as the Permanent Observer of the Russian Federation to the Organization of American States
  • Diplomatic rank: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
  • Married, has one daughter
  • Fluent in English and Danish

George Pataki

George Pataki, 53rd Governor of the State of New York

George Pataki's political career began when he returned to Peekskill to start his own family on the same farmlands where he grew up. Unfortunately, he discovered that the Peekskill of his youth was fading away. Rather than move his family away from the community that they loved, George Pataki resolved to take action. He decided to run for mayor and fight to change his hometown for the better. In 1981, Republican George Pataki defeated a Democratic incumbent to become the Mayor of Peekskill and set out on a political career characterized by a dedication to confronting problems with common sense, pragmatic solutions. George Pataki arrived in the New York State Legislature in 1984, where he served for ten years. In the spirit of President Ronald Reagan, he became a strong voice for conservative values – fighting for budget reform, tax cuts, and safer streets in a political environment dominated by the failed policies of then-Governor Mario Cuomo, a liberal icon.

In 1994, New York State was plagued with skyrocketing taxes, runaway spending, swelling welfare rolls, and ever-growing crime rates. New York was among the most dangerous states in America and one out of every eleven residents was on welfare. George Pataki decided that the time was right to challenge Mario Cuomo and bring a new era of prosperity to New York State. George Pataki was elected Governor of New York on November 8th, 1994, defeating the 12-year incumbent Cuomo in a come-from-behind victory.

From his first day in office, Governor George E. Pataki committed himself to making the streets safer, restoring New York's economy with pro-business policies, and expanding freedom and opportunity for all New Yorkers. New York State, once the undisputed leader in raising taxes, became a national leader in cutting taxes. During his tenure, Governor Pataki's tax cuts provided New Yorkers with over $140 billion in tax relief. George Pataki fervently believes that cutting taxes creates jobs, and that rewarding hard work and encouraging independence and opportunity are the best ways to put people to work. His economic conservatism as Governor resulted in the creation of approximately 700,000 new private sector jobs in New York State. His strong commitment to tax relief, combined with his pro-growth, pro-job economic policies, brought New York's economy back from the brink of disaster.

In addition to economic crisis, George Pataki inherited a state that was plagued with violent crime. As Governor, his tough approach to criminals and common sense criminal justice reforms made New York's streets and neighborhoods safer than they had been in a generation. New York State led the nation in reducing violent crime and was the safest large state in America when he left office.

On September 11th, 2001, New York suffered the greatest attack on American soil in our nation's history. Thousands of innocent citizens lost their lives, and thousands upon thousands more were affected by the devastating aftermath of the attacks. Governor Pataki provided critical leadership immediately after the terrorist attacks, coordinating city, state, and federal resources for rescue and recovery operations in Lower Manhattan while reassuring people across the country that the Empire State and the United States would recover and rise to new heights. In the months and years following September 11th, Governor Pataki was the primary architect of an unprecedented effort to rebuild and revitalize Lower Manhattan. Strong and sensible pro-business policies allowed New York's economy to recover quickly from the attacks. Today, with construction underway on the future 1,776-foot Freedom Tower, Lower Manhattan is stronger than it has ever been. George Pataki believes that the single most important priority for America is keeping our people safe from future terrorist attacks. As Governor, he passed some of the earliest and toughest anti-terror laws in the nation.

Governor Pataki and his wife Libby reside in Garrison in New York's Hudson River Valley. They have four children: Emily, a Yale Law School graduate; Teddy, who serves in the United States Marine Corps; Allison, a student at Yale University; and Owen, a student at Cornell University.

Anatoli Karpov

Аnatoli S. Karpov, President of "Polet" Cargo Airlines

Polet’s success is largely due to the influence of its Director General, Anatoly Karpov, who has steered the company from its inception. We believe that our airline's success over the years is largely due to the influence of its Director General, Anatoly Karpov who has steered it from its very dawn.
Born on 7 May 1951, Anatoly S. Karpov has dreamt of becoming an aviator since his childhood.

From 1973 up to present he has been working in the enterprises and organizations of Russian Civil Aviation. He has gone all the way from the traffic controller to the Director General of one of the largest Russian aviation companies.

Anatoly S. Karpov graduated from the Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation. He was awarded a chest badge "Excellent Worker of the Air Transport" for his successful work.

Since 1997 Mr. Karpov took the leadership in creating the Air Launch Aerospace Corporation. The project envisages a new aircraft rocket launch system aimed not only at cutting the costs of launch, but also at environmental safety.

Rick Shannon

Rick Shannon, President of AmeRussia Shipping Co., Inc.

"Rick Shannon has spent his business life in the transportation industry holding senior Management positions in major transport companies and overseeing vessel and cargo operations in world wide trade routes over a 40 year career.  He has concentrated in difficult and developing parts of the world such as in the early 1970's in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and later in the 1980's in China where he represented the National Line of China, COSCO, in the USA.

In July 1993 he opened his office in St. Petersburg, Russia and in 1994 AmeRussia was appointed General Agent for Baltic Shipping Company, the National line of Russia operating 176 ships worldwide.

In 1995, while continuing his own AmeRussia operation, he was appointed President of Atlantic Ro-Ro Carries, the only direct all water vessel operator dedicated to the Russian trade capable of handling project cargo concentrating on supplying over sized equipment needed for the oil and gas industry of Russia. ARRC operates 9 vessels from the USA to St. Petersburg.

Rick serves on the Board of Directors of the House of Hope, a free alcohol rehabilitation facility just outside of St. Petersburg now celebrating their 11th anniversary this year."