The Embassy of Russia in Berlin
Address: Unter den Linden 63-65, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)30 229 11 10 29
Fax: +49 (0)30 229 93 97
Amb. Sergej Netschajew
Sergej Netschajew was born on 2 June 1953 and is currently the Russian Ambassador in Berlin, Germany, replacing Ambassador Vladimir Grinin, who had been in office in Germany since 2010. He is a Germanist and has been stationed in Germany several times throughout his carrier.
He studied the the Diplomatic Academy. As a student, he was enthusiastic about German literature, called Erich Marie Remarque his favourite author. His German studies in Moscow allowed him to get the opportunity to work in German-speaking countries. During a stay abroad in 1973 in the GDR, he discovered Berlin, Potsdam and Dresden. As a young man, he worked at the Soviet Embassy in the GDR from 1977.
His next employment took him to Mongolia in 1982. From then on, he focused his diplomatic engagement on Central Europe and worked after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the 1990s and 200s, he completed various diplomatic functions in the Federal Republic, for example as Consul General in Bonn from 2001 to 2003.
He was also the Ambassador to Austria from 2010 to 2015. After this role, he headed a department in the Russian Foreign Ministry, which was responsible for the German-speaking countries.
Due to his “great contribution to the implementation of Russia’s foreign policy course and his many years of impeccable diplomatic service,” Netschajew was honored in 2009 with the “Order of Friendship.” This is a state award for Russian citizens as well as foreigners.
As Ambassador in Berlin, Netschajew said that the Russian Federation is ready to put relations back on traditional strategic lines. He also emphasised the improvement of the economic climate in the past year.
History of the Russian diplomatic mission in Berlin dates back to the early eighteenth century.
During World War I, for four years, the building of the Russian embassy was "orphaned". The first Soviet representative Adolph Joffe arrived in Berlin in 1918. In the following years, the representation of Russia became known as the Embassy of the Soviet Union.
As a result of Allied bombing the embassy was destroyed, and its charred ruins remained until the end of the war. After the war, the Soviet government decided to restore the building and its official opening took place on the national holiday of the Soviet Union, the 7th of November in 1951.
Germany is one of the most important partners of Russia in Europe. In recent years, as a result of the global economic crisis Russia and Germany have sought to find alternative ways to continue to develop the relationship, they have worked to renew the architecture of pan-European security, strengthen global and regional stability and unleashed the potential of cooperation between Russia and the EU.