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updated 9:43 AM UTC, Dec 29, 2017

On Russia's participation in the South African National Arts Festival 2017

On 29 June Russian Ambassador to South Africa Mikhail Petrakov opened his photoexhibition titled 'Human Touch' at the National Arts Festival 2017 in Grahamstown - showcasing colourful images of Moscow & Russian Orthodox Church in Midrand - this event comes under the umbrella of the on-going Russia-South Africa Cultural Seasons.

Russia continues to participate in the National Arts Festival for the second year in a row - this time presenting its beauty & rich spiritual essence through Visual Arts.


Embassy’s comment on the article «Underworld takeover: The Russian links»

We took notice of the article by Caryn Dolley «Underworld takeover: The Russian links» alleging a connection between the introduction of the Russia-South Africa visa-free regime and a spike in criminal activity in Cape Town supposedly involving Eastern Europeans. The article was published on News24 on 10 April 2017.

At no point in time has Ms. Dolley or News24 contacted the Embassy to verify facts used in the article and receive an official comment on the matter.

Even in terms of geography, unnamed citizens of Eastern Europe and Ukraine, either real or imaginary, come from Eastern Europe and Ukraine, and visa regulations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of South Africa cannot be applied to them. Those personalities presented by the author as «Russians» are also not Russian citizens.

The false allegations and connections implied by the author are unworthy of the standards set by Media24 and News24. What we have is a classic example of fake news, with a «story» based on hearsays, rumours, wild assumptions and unverified information.

This piece puts a taint on the visa-free regime in the eyes of the South African audience, and unfairly so, as the visa waiver has been introduced to benefit both our nations, strengthen people-to-people ties, bolster tourism and broaden economic cooperation.

Press Release on the Russian-South African protocol on reciprocal abolition of visa requirements



The Protocol between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of South Africa on the reciprocal repeal of visa requirements for foreign travel passports, that was concluded by an exchange of official documents, will come into force on March 30.

Under the Protocol’s provisions, citizens of Russia and South Africa travelling without the intention of working, studying or living in the other country’s territory, are free from visa requirements and can enter, stay or transit without a visa for a duration of up to 90 days.      

Press release on a photo exhibit for the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and South Africa

On March 7, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and  the South African Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Russia, Ms Nomasonto Maria Sibanda-Thusi, unveiled an exhibit of archive documents at the Russian Foreign Ministry to mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and South Africa, which were established on February 28, 1992.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Russian parliament’s Federation Council and State Duma, ministries and agencies, business and research communities, Russian diplomatic service current and retired staff, members of the South African Embassy in Moscow, as well as South African businesspeople and students.

In their opening remarks, Mr Lavrov and Ms Sibanda-Thusi spoke about the strong historical ties between Russia and South Africa that developed during the struggle against apartheid and have since grown into a strategic partnership. The ministers pointed out the dynamic growth of Russian-South African interaction in a number of areas, including trade, economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation. They also positively assessed the two countries’ constructive cooperation at the UN, BRICS, the G20 and other international organisations.

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  1. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the opening of a photo exhibition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Russia and South Africa, Moscow, March 7, 2017
  2. Officially unveiling the HartRAO-based cutting edge tech quantum-optical station of the GLONASS satellite navigation system
  3. Attention, Russian citizens residing or visiting South Africa! Вниманию российских граждан, проживающих или временно находящихся в ЮАР
  4. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with Chairperson of the South African Parliament’s National Council of Provinces Thandi Modise, Moscow, September 28, 2016
  5. Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Chairperson of the South African Parliament’s National Council of Provinces Thandi Modise
  6. On 22-26 August Ambassador Mikhail Petrakov visited Limpopo Province, met with Premier Stanley #Mathabatha & members of Provincial Government, discussed interregional & economic cooperation.
  7. On 16-22 August 2016 a delegation from the People’s Friendship University of Russia also known as the RUDN University headed by Vice-Rector Larisa Efremova visited South Africa
  8. On passing away of Vadim Lukov, prominent Russian diplomat, former Ambassador to South Africa and Lesotho & Sous-Sherpa in BRICS
  9. Press Release on the Working Visit of the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation to the Republic of South Africa
  10. Press Release on the Meeting of FM of Russia Sergey Lavrov with FM of South Africa Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Moscow, November 2015
  11. Ambassador Mikhail Petrakov visits Kwazulu-Natal province on 5-10 September 2015, holds talks with officials on various aspects of bilateral cooperation
  12. Russian leaders on Nelson Mandela and his great legacy
  13. President of Russia Vladimir Putin meets with President of South Africa Jacob Zuma on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Ufa, Russia
  14. Press Release on the meeting of Mikhail Bogdanov, Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia with Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa Nomaindia Mfeketho
  15. Consultations of the Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Mikhail Bogdanov in South Africa
  16. 12th Session of ITEC between Russia and SA
  17. The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov extends his condolences in connection with the death of Nelson Mandela
  18. At South Africa’s initiative, Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of South Africa Jacob Zuma.
  19. Vladimir Putin will hold talks on August 28 with President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, who is in Russia on a working visit.
  20. Vladimir Putin held talks with President of the South African Republic Jacob Zuma, who is in Russia on a working visit.

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