Welcome to the Timeline of Our History!

Whilst we are very proud of our achievements to date, we would like to thank all our partners and supporters who made our events possible. We feel honoured to continue our work with new initiatives and events in order to promote the legacies of the Arctic Convoys and the historic bond between Great Britain and Russia.

2015 – 2007

Crimea Visit 2015 – Yalta 2

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YALTA 11 October: The last full day in Yalta began with the visit to the early 19th century Vorontsov Palace representing several architectural styles popular to the era. It was where Winston Churchill stayed during the Yalta Conference in...

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Crimea Visit 2015 – Yalta 1

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YALTA 10 October: First day in Yalta began with the visit to the Hill of Glory overlooking the Yalta bay. British and Russian guests were met by the leader of Yalta administration Andrei Rostenko, local veterans and youths from local schools. The...

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Crimea Visit 2015 – Sevastopol 3

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SEVASTOPOL 9 October: The last day in Sevastopol saw the veterans visiting Balaclava and its Naval Museum Complex that used to be a top-secret military facility during the  Cold War. The underground construction of the first category of...

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Crimea Visit 2015 – Sevastopol 2

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SEVASTOPOL 8 October: The second day in Sevastopol started with the visit to the Panorama Museum that depicts the Allied assault on the Malakhov Battery on 6 June 1855 during the Siege of Sevastopol in the Crimean War, in which 173,000 British...

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Crimea Visit 2015 – Sevastopol 1

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SEVASTOPOL 7 October: After settling in Sevastopol Best Western with magnificent views on the bay, the group was greeted by the Governor of Sevastopol Sergey Menyailo (Vice-Admiral, redt.), Presidential envoy of the Crimean Federal District Oleg...

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Crimea Visit 2015 – Simferopol

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SIMFEROPOL 5 - 6 October: The most comfortable flight on the morning of 5 October took the veterans to the capital of Crimea - Simferopol, where they were met by old-standing friends from St. Petersburg members of the Polar Convoy Club including...

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Crimea Visit 2015 – Moscow

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Initiated by Victory Day London and The Polar Convoy Club of St. Petersburg, the idea for the British Arctic Convoy veterans to visit Crimea was born during celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of Victory in St. Petersburg in May 2015. The...

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Dervish 2015 (Arkhangelsk)

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British delegation visited Arkhangelsk to unveil the new Arctic Convoys memorial on the day of 74th anniversary of the first convoy 'Dervish', which came to the Northern port of Russia on 31 August 1941.

The delegation also took part in the...

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Veterans Conference 2015 (St.Petersburg)

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Victory Day London in association with the British Psychological Society, Combat Stress and AF&V Launchpad from the UK side, and with the Russian support from the Committee for External Relations of St. Petersburg, veterans' charity Afghanvet and...

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Victory Day 2015 (St. Petersburg)

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10 British veterans (5 from from England and 5 from Scotland) traveled to Saint-Petersburg on May the 7th to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Victory in the Second World War together with their Russian brothers-in-arms veterans of the Arctic...

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Christmas Visit 2014 (UK)

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On their Christmas visit to the UK, the Russian veterans of the Arctic Convoys received an outstandingly warm welcome from local communities and government in Scotland and England.

This visit was reciprocal to the Russian hospitality when a...

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Dervish 2014 (St. Petersburg)

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To mark the 73rd Anniversary of the 'Dervish' convoy, nine British veterans of the Arctic convoys visited Saint Petersburg, Russia, from 29 August to 2 September for the unveiling ceremony of the memorial ‘TO THE MEMORY OF THE ARCTIC CONVOY...

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Victory Day 2014 (London)

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Following the presidential decree, signed by the Russian President on 10 March 2014, listing nearly 3000 names of British veterans due to receive the Russian state award of the Ushakov Medal, the first group of nineteen British veterans of the...

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Arctic Star for Russia 2013 (Moscow)

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On Thursday 19 September 2013, a group of British veterans of the Arctic Convoys (1941-1945), all members of the Russian Convoys Club in Kennington (Borough of Southwark, London), wishing to pay their respect to the Russian people for their...

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Dervish 2013 (London)

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Veterans wore their Arctic Star medal for the first time on board HMS Belfast in London!

A group of British veterans of the Arctic Convoys was joined by their families and friends on board HMS Belfast on Saturday 31 August for the occasion of...

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Victory Day 2013 (London)

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The London celebration of the Arctic Convoys 1941-1945 and Victory in the Second World War, took place on Thursday 9 May 2013 on board HMS Belfast and in Hay’s Galleria in the borough of Southwark.

The Celebration commenced with the ceremony...

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Dervish 2012 (London)

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Friday 31 August 2012 was a special and a memorable day for the British veterans of the Second World War, participants of the legendary Arctic Convoys (1941-1945).

Representatives of Russo-British business community gathered on board HMS...

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Victory Day 2012 (London)

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9 May 2012 became a very special and memorable day for British and Russian Second World War veterans, Londoners and visitors to the capital.

Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, the 1812 Overture, was performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert...

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Dervish 2011 (Moscow)

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Moscow celebrated the 70th anniversary of the first Arctic convoy “Dervish” that arrived in Arkhangelsk (USSR) on 31st August 1941, thus initiating a new tradition of the historical remembrance of the friendship between the Allied...

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Victory Day 2011 (London)

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The celebration of the 9th of May Victory Day on board HMS Belfast became the highlight of Monday for many people in London as 141-year old cannons brought especially for the occasion from HMS Collingwood fired nine gun salutes in honour of the...

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Russian Masts 2010 (London)

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Russian and British veterans of the Arctic Convoys celebrated the unveiling of newly built Russian masts for HMS Belfast in London.

Tuesday 19 October 2010 became significant and a memorable day for Russia and Britain, when the grand unveiling...

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Victory Day 2010 (London)

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Russo-British 65th Anniversary Victory Day celebration took place on board HMS Belfast in London on Sunday 9 May 2010 with over 200 people present.

The ceremony was opened by the organiser, Head of Victory Day London project, Eugene Kasevin...

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Victory Day 2009 (London)

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British and Russian veterans were joined by HRH The Duke of Kent and the Ambassador of Russia HE Yuri Fedotov on board HMS Belfast.

HRH The Duke of Kent delivered a personal message from HM The Queen Elizabeth II. Following the ceremony of...

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Victory Day 2008 (London)

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On board HMS Belfast, the ceremony was opened by Eugene Kasevin who welcomed British veterans and specially invited Russian veterans of Arctic Convoys, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, the Russian Ambassador HE Yuri Fedotov and the guests.

HRH...

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Victory Day 2007 (London)

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The City of London for the first time celebrates the Victory Day on board a ship on the River Thames. Financial experts from leading banks and investment companies in the City of London gathered for a ceremony celebrating the Victory in Europe...

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