20 February 2017

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's Ambassador to UN Passes Away at 64

Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and MGIMO graduate of 1974 Vitaly Churkin has died at age 64, just one day before his 65th birthday.

MGIMO’s management and faculty members convey their heartfelt condolences to Vitaly Churkin’s family and friends.

Vitaly Churkin was born February 21st, 1952 in Moscow. In 1974, he graduated from MGIMO’s School of International Relations. In 1992, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia. In 1994, he became Ambassador to Belgium and Permanent Representative to NATO. From 1998 to 2003, he served as Ambassador to Canada. From June 2003 to April 2006, he was Ambassador-at-large of the Russian Foreign Ministry. On April 8th, 2006 he became Russia’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations and Russia’s Representative at the UN Security Council. Vitaly Churkin was decorated during his career with Orders and Medals for his dedication to his work and country.

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