February 10 - Day of the Diplomatic Worker in Russia
Day of the diplomatic worker is a professional holiday of all diplomatic workers of the Russian Federation, which is celebrated in Russia every year, on February 10. It is not a day off.
History and celebration
"Day of the Diplomatic Worker" was established on October 31, 2002 by Decree No. 1279 of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, who was instructed: "Set the Day of the Diplomatic Worker and celebrate it on February 10" ..
The date, February 10, for this holiday was chosen by the Russian president not by chance and is connected with the history of the first foreign policy department of Russia - the Posolsky order. On this day of 1549, the earliest mention of him occurs, and his first leader was the podchiy Ivan Mikhailovich Viskovatov (Viskovaty), whom the tsar of Russia, Ivan the Terrible, "ordered an embassy case." However, Viskovaty paid little attention to the embassy case and soon the Ambassador's order was taken up by Andrei Vasilyev.
In 1802, Emperor Alexander I formed a new department - the forerunner of the modern Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 2009, on the eve of the Day of the Diprabotnik, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sent a message of congratulations to the "Employees and Veterans of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation," in which, in particular, the role of diplomats in contemporary Russian realities was assessed:
Russian diplomacy has traditionally played a key role in realizing the foreign policy course of our country, firmly upholding Russia's national interests, making a significant contribution to ensuring stability and security in the world. Patriotism, high professionalism and intellectual potential of our diplomats contribute to strengthening of the international authority and influence of Russia, creation of favorable conditions for further social and economic growth.