List of ambassadors of the United Kingdom to Russia

UK Ambassador
to the Russian Federation
Британский Посол в России
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Deborah Bronnert.jpg
Deborah Bronnert

since 2020
Style Her Excellency
Reports to Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Residence Moscow
Appointer Elizabeth II
Inaugural holder The Lord St Helens
First Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom to Russia

The Lord Bloomfield
First Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Russia

Sir John Crampton, Bt
First Ambassador to Russia
Formation 1801
Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers Plenipotentiary

Website British Embassy - Moscow

The Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Russia (Russian: Британский Посол в России) is the United Kingdom's foremost diplomatic representative in the Russian Federation and head of the UK's diplomatic mission in Russia. The official title is Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the Russian Federation.

Between 1844 and 1860 the status of the head of mission in Saint Petersburg was reduced from Ambassador to Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. The capital of Russia, and later of the Soviet Union (from 1922 to 1991), moved to Moscow in 1918.

List of heads of mission

For the envoys to Russia from the Court of St James's before the creation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801, see List of Ambassadors of the Kingdom of England to Russia (for the period until 1707) and List of ambassadors of Great Britain to Russia (for the years 1707 to 1800).

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

1800-1801: Diplomatic Relations were suspended during the Second League of Armed Neutrality.

Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers Plenipotentiary


Name Tenure Begin Tenure End British monarch Russian monarch/leader
Sir John Crampton, Bt 1860 1861 Queen Victoria Emperor Alexander II
The Lord Napier 1861 1864
Sir Andrew Buchanan, Bt 1864 1867
The Earl Vane 1867 1871
Lord Augustus Loftus 1871 1879
The Earl of Dufferin 1879 1881
Sir Edward Thornton 1881 1884 Emperor Alexander III
Sir Robert Morier 1884 1893
Sir Frank Lascelles 1894 1895 Emperor Nicholas II
Emperor Michael II
Sir Nicholas Roderick O'Conor[3] 1895 1898
Sir Charles Stewart Scott 1898 1904
Sir Charles Hardinge 1904 1906 King Edward VII
Sir Arthur Nicolson, Bt 1906 1910
Sir George Buchanan 1910 1917 King George V
King Edward VIII
King George VI
no representation following the Russian Revolution 1917 1924 Vladimir Lenin
Sir Robert MacLeod Hodgson 1924 1927 Joseph Stalin
no representation following a crisis in 1927[4] 1927 1929
Sir Esmond Ovey 1929 1933
The Viscount Chilston 1933 1939
Sir William Seeds 1939 1940 King George VI
Hon. Sir Stafford Cripps 1940 1942
Sir Archibald Clark Kerr 1942 1946
Sir Maurice Peterson 1946 1949
Sir David Kelly 1949 1951
Sir Alvary Gascoigne 1951 1953
Sir William Hayter 1953 1957 Queen Elizabeth II Georgy Malenkov
Nikita Khrushchev
Sir Patrick Reilly 1957 1960 Nikita Khrushchev
Sir Frank Roberts 1960 1962
Sir Humphrey Trevelyan 1962 1965
Sir Geoffrey Harrison 1965 1968 Leonid Brezhnev
Sir Duncan Wilson 1968 1971
Sir John Killick 1971 1973
Sir Terence Garvey 1973 1976
Sir Howard Smith 1976 1978
Sir Curtis Keeble 1978 1982
Sir Iain Sutherland 1982 1985 Yuri Andropov
Konstantin Chernenko
Mikhail Gorbachev
Sir Bryan Cartledge 1985 1988 Mikhail Gorbachev
Sir Rodric Braithwaite 1988 1992
Sir Brian Fall 1992 1995 Boris Yeltsin
Sir Andrew Wood 1995 2000
Sir Roderic Lyne 2000 2004 Vladimir Putin
Sir Anthony Brenton 2004 2008
Dame Anne Pringle 2008 2011 Dmitry Medvedev
Sir Tim Barrow[5] 2011 2015 Dmitry Medvedev
Vladimir Putin
Sir Laurie Bristow[6] 2016 2020 Vladimir Putin
Deborah Bronnert CMG[7] January 2020


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t S. T. Bindoff, E. F. Malcolm Smith and C. K. Webster, British Diplomatic Representatives 1789-1852 (Camden 3rd Series, 50, 1934).
  2. ^ a b c Haydn, Joseph (1851). The Book of Dignities: Containing Rolls of the Official Personages of the British Empire. London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longman's. pp. 81–82.
  3. ^ "Sir Nicholas O'Conor Dead," New York Times. March 20, 1908.
  4. ^ Harriette Flory: The Arcos Raid and the Rupture of Anglo-Soviet Relations, 1927, in: Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 12, No. 4 (Oct., 1977), pp. 707–723. Available here.
  5. ^ "UK in Russia - Our Ambassador". Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "Dr Laurie Bristow CMG". Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to Russia - January 2020". GOV.UK. Retrieved 7 June 2019.

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