Polar region to allocate almost 50 million rubles for small business supportBusiness & Economy January 20, 15:55
First Deputy PM: Western investors in Davos believe 2017 will be good year for RussiaBusiness & Economy January 20, 15:49
Kremlin says Syrian army keeps plans to liberate Palmyra from Islamic StateRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 15:43
India plans to install Russian security system at Maharashtra portMilitary & Defense January 20, 15:32
Lavrov on IS destroying Palmyra monuments: barbarians are barbariansRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 15:24
Russia hopes Trump administration will send Mideast expert to Astana talksRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 15:18
Top diplomat: Main task in Syrian settlement is to resume talks, involve armed oppositionRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 15:11
Russian expert predicts Trump will adopt more pragmatic approach on Syria policyRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 15:01
Federation Council may consider ratification of Turkish Stream agreement on February 1Business & Economy January 20, 14:54
UNITED NATIONS, February 19. /TASS/. Russia is concerned with the smearing campaign against Russian diplomat Sergey Ryabokon who is a frontrunner for the post of Director of NGO Branch of UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Russia’s first deputy envoy to UN Pyotr Ilychev told reporters on Friday.
Commenting on an article in Foreign Policy magazine, Ilychev said: "Russia is concerned with the smearing campaign against the Russian candidate for the post of Director of NGO Branch of UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs." "We consider this as direct interference in the process of candidate selection which contradicts common practice and Article 100 of UN Charter," he added noting that he hopes the UN will "be guided exclusively by criteria of professionalism and effectiveness" when choosing candidates.
On February 15 Foreign Policy magazine published an article saying that Ryabokon is "accused by the United States of playing a role in President Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on foreign human rights and pro-democracy activists."
Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that information about Ryabokon is presented in the article "in a very negative light, not objectively, and with a bias." "It is pure nonsense, not even a fraud, but nonsense and foolishness," she said.