On 8th April, Russian Centre and the Department of Government and Public Administration held a lecture titled “Life and Work as a Russian Diplomat in China”. Mr. Igor Sagitov, the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Hong Kong and Macao, was invited as the speaker.
Mr. Sagitov had worked as Minister-Counsellor in the Russian Embassy in North Korea, and then served as Deputy-Director of the First Asian Department in the Foreign Ministry in Moscow. Accumulating a rich experience in foreign affairs, Mr. Sagitov came to Hong Kong in August 2019 as Consul-General of the Russian Consulate-General.

In his talk, Mr. Sagitov shared his unique experiences of life and work as a Russian diplomat in Hong Kong and North Korea. Following his talk, Mr. Sagitov had in-depth exchanges with UM professors and students—both post-graduate and undergraduate–on issues of Sino-Russian strategic cooperative partnership, changes in the international order due the COVID-19 epidemic, and in his job in Hong Kong, the prospect for Sino-Russian cooperation in the Arctic, and other topics.

The Russian Centre of UM aims to study Russia as a nation, including its politics, economy, history, culture, language, etc. Professor Edmund Li Sheng, Director of the Russian Center, introduced the Center and presented the background of the Consul-General to attending professors and students.