Employees of the Russian Embassy in Beirut laid wreaths at the grave of Alexei Fedorovich Kruglov, Consul General of the Russian Empire in Jerusalem, who was buried in the Lebanese city of Shueifat.
According to the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic Alexander Rudakov, who headed the event, the laying of wreaths at memorial sites in tribute to the memory of outstanding figures of Russian diplomacy has been an important holiday tradition for twenty years.
In his speech, the head of the diplomatic mission noted that “the efforts of the diplomatic service of the Russian Federation are focused on the tasks of promoting and protecting the interests of the Motherland on the world stage, ensuring the country’s security, creating favorable external conditions for dynamic internal development, and improving the level and quality of life of Russians.”
Alexander Rudakov highly appreciated the role of compatriots living abroad in “shaping a positive unifying international agenda, bonding peoples with bonds of friendship, trust and mutual understanding.”
Along with the diplomats, the ceremony was attended by employees of the military attache, Rossotrudnichestvo, the rector of the Moscow Patriarchate in Beirut, Archimandrite Philip, as well as representatives of Lebanese associations of graduates of Russian and Soviet universities.
Alexei Fedorovich Kruglov (1864 – 1948) – Russian diplomat, the last Consul General of Imperial Russia (1908 – 1914) in Jerusalem, honorary member of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society.
The Day of the Diplomatic Worker of the Russian Federation was established in 2002 and is celebrated on February 10. Today, Russian diplomats around the world pay tribute to the memory of their outstanding colleagues and lay flowers at their graves.
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