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December 2011 - Prior Group and the Moscow News presenting: “Russia, Diplomatically Speaking” - There are many aspects to the profession of diplomacy, one of the most important, and in my view under-rated, professions. Diplomacy is more than “saying nothing beautifully”.

It is a principal means of communication between nations. Diplomacy can be flexible and creative. The art of interpreting a society and its peoples, understanding their motives and motivations, and conveying those accurately to one’s own Government is essential for a diplomat. Knowing how to communicate messages and instructions from one’s own Government to the Government of a host country is the companion art.

In The Moscow News publication “Russia, Diplomatically Speaking” senior diplomats from a range of countries represented in Moscow draw on their collective experience to set Russia into a global context. Given the rapid emergence of Russia as a leading global political and economic power, their insights will be valuable to all those interested in the future directions of this great country, ways of dealing with the Russians in a business and everyday context.

The book editor is Stuart Prior, New Zealand Ambassador to Russia 2003-2006, Chairman, Prior Group.

Russia’s year as APEC host will spotlight the rapid development of Russia’s links with the dynamically growing Asia/Pacific region. It will showcase the Pacific face of Russia and will highlight the unique role of Russia as a bridge between the economies of Europe and of the Pacific.

In the English and Russian languages, the publication will highlight some of the key social, cultural and historical features and values of Russia, Russian character and mindset which inform Russia’s approach to international trade and economic relations.

The book is aimed at foreign managers and their Russian business partners, whether businessmen, officials or politicians. It will undoubtedly be of interest to a much broader Russian and foreign readership among those whose imagination is captured by Russia and all that this magnificent country represents.

“Russia, Diplomatically Speaking” will be published in December 2011.

Questions which diplomats answer include:


What have been your strongest impressions about Russia?
What have been your strongest impressions about the peoples who live in Russia?
How has your family adapted to life in Russia?
What was the thing which you found most unexpected about Russia?
What has been the most difficult problem you have encountered in Russia? How has it been resolved?
What experience has pleased you most?
What have you found most disappointing?
When the people of your country think of "Russia" what stereotypes and images immediately come to mind?
What do you see as the most distinctive characteristics of Russians as people?
What do you think is the self-image of Russians? is it positive, negative, defensive, arrogant??
How can Russia, and Russians, show themselves and their societies more effectively to foreigners?

Doing Business

What are the most important specific features of the Russian way of doing business with international partners?
What do you see as some of the main socio-economic developments in Russia over the next five-ten years?
How important are history and culture to understanding how Russians work today?
If asked to give businessmen from your country three pieces of advice about how to work successfully in Russia, what would they be?

Russia on the World Stage

In your view, how could Russia improve the effectiveness of its work with international partners?
Over the next 10-15 years, in what areas do you see Russia making the most impact in the international political arena?

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Russia - New Zealand Video

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Russia - New Zealand Quotes

It was something of a revelation to find that in a country like Russia, where the civilized arts and sciences are supposed to make slow headway, the art of Pavlova has reached its apotheosis.NZ Truth, 1926
Откровением было узнать, что в такой стране как Россия, где цивилизованное искусство и науки, кажется, должны тормозить, искусство Павловой достигло своего апофеоза.НЗ Правда, 1926

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Russia - New Zealand History

Mr. A. Williams, in the Auckland Herald, gives an account of the visit of British warships to Russia last June, among them being the New Zealand. “When I made myself known as a onetime resident of Auckland and Wellington, I was invariably greeted with the remark. Don't I wish I was there now,” which speaks well for the memories the men took away of our country. The New Zealand was visited by the Czar and Czarina and their daughters, probably because Prince George of Battenberg, a nephew of the Empress's is an officer of this ship, and the Imperial visitors expressed much interest in the many trophies presented by the New Zealand towns, and especially in the Maori curios displayed in Captain Halsey’s quarters. The English colony in Petrograd (late St. Petersburg) entertained the Admiral and officers at a dinner and dance, and in return Admiral Beatty and his officers gave a ball on the night of June 27th. The flagship, the Lion, served as a cloak and supper room, and the New Zealand, beautifully, decorated, was turned into a ballroom. The Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna, daughter of the late Duke of Edinburgh was present with her husband, the Grand Duke Cyril Vladimirovich. On this occasion, a haka, danced by 20 of the crew of the New Zealand was a decided novelty to the Russians, and had to be repeated. There were many inquiries as to Maori customs and as to the meaning of the names “Cook”, “Tasman” and “Ao-te-aroa”, inscribed on the turrets." Poverty Bay Herald, Vol. XLI, Issue 13482, 10 September 1914, Page 5

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