New Russian Ambassador Heading to Helsinki

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Russian Embassy Helsinki / Credit: Embassy website

Russia has appointed a new ambassador to Finland, according to official Russian state publications, and reported by STT News Agency.

Veteran diplomat Pavel Kuznetsov has been named to the Helsinki post, and replaces Aleksander Rumyantsev who served as ambassador since 2006.

Kuznetsov was born in 1950, and according to Russian newspaper Kommersant, he was the Russian ambassador to Slovakia from 2010-2014.

The Russian embassy on Tehtankatu is one of Helsinki’s most well-known buildings. It was designed in the 1940s and construction paid for by Finland. Diplomats moved in during 1952 and over the years, the embassy has hosted many famous figures including Nikita Krushchev, Boris Yeltsin, Leonid Brezhnev and Mikhail Gorbachev as well as US President Gerald Ford during talks in the 1970s.