Day of a diplomatic worker in Russia (10/02)

A professional holiday - the Day of the Diplomatic Worker, celebrated in Russia annually on February 10, was established by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 1279 of October 31, 2002 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.

Among diplomats there is also a version that the Day of the diplomatic worker is celebrated on February 10 because it is on this day in 1549 that the earliest mention of the Posolsky Prikaz, the first foreign policy department of Russia, falls.

However, the age of the Russian diplomatic service is much older. Since the 9th century, the Old Russian state acted as an active participant in international relations in Europe, and by the middle of the 17th century, Russia had become an influential power with an active foreign policy. The first permanent diplomatic missions appeared in neighboring countries: in 1634 - in Sweden, in 1673 - in Poland.