On June 13, 2018 the Bangkok’s luxurious «Mandarin Oriental Hotel» hosted the Russian National Day reception. It was focused on launching of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia on June 14.
This year the reception brought together an unprecedented number of guests. More than 1100 people came to greet Russia with its National Day. Among them were representatives of the NLA Thai-Russian Friendship Group, Thai-Russian Business Council, Thai-Russian Chamber of Commerce, Thai ministries and agencies, diplomatic corps (including 35 ambassadors), high-ranking officers of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, former Thai ambassadors to Russia, owners and CEO of major Thai companies and banks, editors-in-chief of key mass media outlets, artistic directors of performing companies, leading experts on Russia from Chulalongkorn University and Thammasat University, numerous Russian citizens living and working in Thailand. The leadership of Thailand sent flowers.
H.E. Mr. Kirill Barsky, Russian Ambassador to Thailand delivered an opening speech. The Bangkok’s St. Nicholas Cathedral’s men’s chorus performed the Royal Anthem of Thailand and the National Anthem of the Russian Federation. Farther John, Secretary of Patriarchal Deanery of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand conferred the medals of the Russian Orthodox Church «In Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the Patriarchate in the Russian Orthodox Church» on Mrs. Panga Vathanakul, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation for Chonburi and Rayong provinces, Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation for the provinces of Phuket, Krabi and Phang-nga and Mr. Ashwani Bajaj, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation for the Surat Thani province. H.E. Mr. Kirill Barsky added to these awards commemorative medals featuring profiles of King Rama V and Emperor Nicholas II.
The reception hall’s football-themed decoration inspired the guests. They were particularly impressed with ice carvings representing the World Cup and a ball embraced by a heart-shaped frame, as well as a skillfully crafted party cake in the form of a football field with a ball, goals and flags of all FIFA World Cup national teams.
The «Russian corner» was full of traditional Russian treats. This year a huge sturgeon and 2 kg of black caviar provided by the Russian company «Caviar House» were the main dishes. Those attending the party had a chance to appreciate the excellence of the Russian chefs from the Embassy and Russian restaurants in Pattaya and Bangkok – «Ukraine», «Eurasia» and «Aram Bakery».
As usual the guests enjoyed rich cultural program – performances by Ms. Julia Tutarskaya, art director of the «Russian Embassy school Ballet Studio», and her students, dancers from the Folk Dance Ensemble «Katyusha» led by Mrs. Ekaterina Alekseeva, Ms. Boomy Panutsaya, student of the Russian studies program with a beautiful voice, pianist from Phuket Mr. Ivan Sharapov and opera singer from Samui Ms. Anna Yeryomina. All through the evening the guests were enjoying the music played by the Royal Thai Army Symphony Orchestra.
The reception culminated in a lucky draw lottery. Two lucky guests received prizes provided by the «Visit Russia» National Tourism office for Southeast Asia and «Thai Airways International» - a tourist voucher to the Lake Baikal and Bangkok-Moscow-Bangkok round-trip air tickets.
The Russian Embassy in Bangkok expresses its sincere appreciation to all those who helped to make the evening truly festive, cheerful and hearty.