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In Athens on January 7th, 2013, the 70th anniversary of the execution by the Nazis of British intelligence agent number 033V, Jerzy Ivanov-Šainović, was solemnly marked. This man's name is known to almost every Pole and Greek, but it is unknown in Russia.

He was an extraordinary man: multilingual (he spoke English, Polish, Russian, Greek, German, and French), an athlete (he played in the Polish water polo team and in 1934 he won the Greek championship in swimming in the 100 m freestyle), but above all, a talented spy.

The strange combination of name and surname is explained because the future spy was born in 1911 in Warsaw. Poland was then part of the Russian Empire, and Jerzy’s father was Colonel Vladimir Ivanov of the Russian army, and his mother was polish, Leonarda Šainović. 

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 16-01-2013, 13:07
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Acclaimed Columbian novelist and Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez turns 85

The Year of Márquez was inaugurated in Moscow at a ceremony held at the Cervantes Institute in connection with the birthday of the author to whom the readership has long granted the classic status. The agenda for the Year of Márquez was unveiled jointly with the Embassy of Columbia as a part of the event which also featured the presentation of the Russian-language edition of his autobiographic Living to Tell the Tale and a film by Italian director Francesco Rosi based on the writer's Chronicle of a Death Foretold

 

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 4-07-2012, 16:23
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The May 20-21, 2012 NATO summit which convened in Chicago, announced the Alliance's strategic turn to defense on the worldwide scale. The forum further rolled out the smart defense concept which, as NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen explained, implies 'a renewed culture of cooperation'1. The alliance, according to its Secretary General, is moving towards a profound transformation, the purpose being to emerge as a pole in the security network spanning most of the world's countries and organizations. “Chicago will not be the end of our efforts, only the start,” said Rasmussen2.

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 23-05-2012, 15:11
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Negocios Estrangeiros is a journal of the Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal with a reputation for geopolitics analysis and insights into Portuguese foreign policy, external economic relations, and cultural activities worldwide. Two issues of Negocios Estrangeiros are released annually and offer opinion pieces in Portuguese or, occasionally, in English. The 18th issue which saw the light of day recently features a collection of essays with themes ranging from current analysis pertinent to the realm of international politics to extremely thought-provoking basic studies.

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 16-05-2012, 16:32
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 The first round of the presidential election will take place in France on April, 22, 2012. If the second round is necessary, it’s scheduled on May, 6, 2012. Socialist François Hollande lays claim to the laurels of French president in power. Time will show, who will govern France after the election, but already today it is very likely to suppose that its result won’t make radical changes in Paris’s foreign policy.

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 20-04-2012, 11:37
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