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Russia's permanent representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, died in New York on February 20.
Vitaly Churkin was born February 21, 1952 in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MSIIR).
After graduating from MSIIR, the future ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Nations worked at the Foreign Ministry as a referent. In 1979, Churkin was sent to work in the United States as a third secretary of the Foreign Ministry. The following 7 years Churkin has lived in the United States, working at the Soviet embassy. In 1987, he returned to the USSR and was appointed assistant of international department of the Central Committee. A year later, he was appointed advisor to Eduard Shevardnadze, and after that he became a press secretary of the Foreign Ministry.
In 1992, Churkin became deputy foreign minister, and for the first time in the history of Soviet and Russian diplomacy he began to hold open briefings for the foreign journalists.
In 1998, Churkin was sent to Canada, where he served a diplomatic mission for five years. In 2003, the diplomat was appointed Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Since 2006, his career went up. Churkin was appointed permanent representative of Russia to the UN and the UN Security Council, and he performed duties till the present time.