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(Note: Mr. Vorontsov will be available for comment at a press conference from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 in Room W404 of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building prior to his 3:30 p.m. talk.)

Russian ambassador to the U.S. to speak at UI Nov. 5

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Russian Ambassador to the United States Yuli Vorontsov will be at the University of Iowa Thursday, Nov. 5, addressing Russia's economic transition with a specific focus on the current economic crisis.

The talk will be at 3:30 p.m. in the Senate Chambers of the Old Capital. Vorontsov will be the kick-off speaker in the UI International Programs 1998-1999 Distinguished Lecture Series "The Process of Transition: From Central Planning to Market Economy in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe." Vorontsov will be the first of four speakers in the series.

"I am delighted that we have been able to attract a diplomat of Mr. Vorontsov's stature to present the first in our Distinguished Lecture series on transition to the market in Russia and Eastern Europe. The recent past has been a time of considerable political and economic uncertainty in Russia. Mr. Vorontsov, who is an outstanding speaker, will bring a unique perspective to bear on the current situation and its implications for Russia's future," said Paul Weller, John F. Murray Professor of Finance in the UI College of Business Administration. He is also associate director of the UI Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES).

The talk is being co-sponsored by CREEES, International Programs, the College of Business Administration and the University Lecture Committee. Ruth Harkin, a member of the UI College of Business Administration Board of Visitors, helped arrange the ambassador's visit and will introduce him. Harkin is senior vice president and chair of United Technologies Corp. and wife of Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin.

Vorontsov has been ambassador of the Russian Federation to the U.S. since 1994. He also served as Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations and its representative on the Security Council.

Vorontsov joined the diplomatic service in 1952 and started his career on the USSR's U.N. staff. He has also worked in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) Embassy to the U.S. and served as USSR's ambassador to India, France, and Afghanistan.

Between his foreign assignments, Vorontsov occupied several important posts in the USSR Foreign Ministry. In 1986 he was appointed first deputy minister of the USSR and was its U.N. and Security Council representative. He also headed the Soviet delegation to the Belgrade meeting of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.