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St Petersburg, Dec 2018

Russia Dec 2018

The Russian Arctic Convoys Club C21 (RACC) is a founding member of the Brotherhood of The Allied Convoys, which was formed in Iceland in August 2018. In December 2018 a conference was held in St Petersburg, Russia and I and my husband Callum attended.

We flew out a couple of days before so we could have some time in St Petersburg and visited a few ‘touristy’ places and mingled with the Russian people, who were very social and helpful. The conference itself was well attended and we were very well looked after by the St Petersburg members.

More details are in our Newsletter 15 (Spring 2019) and here is a small film we made too 🙂 Anna

Anna & Callum in St Petersburg

Russia Day 2018

Russia Day 2018 David Craig

The Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Edinburgh held their annual Russia Day and we were delighted to take part. Anna (chair) and Callum (vice-chair) attended and met up with Veterans, families & friends in celebration of ‘Russia Day’.

Many thanks to Andrey A Pritsepov (Consul General), Alexandra Pritsepov, Alexei G Kulakov (Senior Counsellor), Anastasia S Iliinskaya (Vice-Consul), Maxim A Gurov (Attache) and all the staff who organised the music, which was very enjoyable, entertainment and all.

Veteran David Craig gave a speech and the Veterans had a great time and had quite a few laughs with us all. We also met members of the Immortal Regiment group in Edinburgh and we hope to work with them in the future.

Russia Day 2018Russia Day 2018

photos by Callum Mitchell

Victory Day, Moscow, Russia 8th-10th May 2018

Jimmy Baynes May 2018 msg to Russia

Victory Day, Moscow, Russia 8th-10th May 2018

Victory Day celebrations and Immortal Regiment parade is taking place in Moscow and the Veterans of the Russian Convoys will be remembered.

Veteran Jimmy Baynes made this special film (with Rosemary Lever) which will be broadcast on Russian TV on Monday 7th May 2018.

Jimmy Baynes – Message to Russia – View HERE

Jimmy also wrote;

“Along with all Arctic veterans I have a special personal relationship with the Russian people. Whatever the present day international situation one cannot change history.

I am looking forward very much to attending the Victory ceremony on Wednesday. It is wonderful to see such personal feeling expressed and the hospitality of our hosts is warm and friendly.

The RAC and Russian Federation have cemented a friendship that will remain for ever”

Kind regards,
Jimmy Baynes
5th May 2018

Book / Newsletters 1-8

newsletters 1-8

Russian Arctic Convoys Club C21 Newsletters 1-8 are now available – on print by demand – get our book HERE

Featuring all of our newsletters (over two years) from September 2015 to June 2017, 48 pages in full colour and with extra photographs featuring veterans; Stanley McKessock, Thomas Lennie, Jack Humble… and Alan Higgins (featuring in newsletter 9 – September 2017) who wrote his memoirs “You’re in the navy now” and, of course… Salty the ships cat!

We hope you enjoy them!!!


RACC Books & Publications

Jimmy Baynes Trinity Memorial 2017
Jimmy Baynes Trinity Memorial 2017

RACC Books & Publications

We have a new page on our website where you can find information about our publications.

Any/all profit comes back to RACC and helps pay for the website hosting, as everyone who helps us does so for free (and pays their own way voluntarily to events etc)

We use ‘lulu’ print by demand so that the publications will always be available to you – so please do have a wee look. We’ve also put up a couple of downloads of The contents of newsletters 1 to 11 (so you can see what is in them) and an Order form (if you prefer ‘talking’ to us via post) We do have some items here in Dundee, Scotland (where RACC is based) and are happy to post these out too – so please do get in touch if you have any queries.

Our Publications Page is HERE

Newsletter 7 – March 2017

Newsletter 7 – March 2017

Featuring veteran Victor Walker/artwork, veteran Delbert Deuanbaugh/Ushakov/USA Navy, veteran Graham Wilson/Ushakov presentation with his sons Harry & Gavin and Mr Andrey A Pritsepov, veteran Ronald Gabriel Mackie, PQ17 stamps, Russia 100 years ago/the Romanov Imperial Russian family, the laws of the storms (Royal Navy)/McKessock family memorabilia and Salty the ships cat

If you’d like to join our newsletter email listing please contact us

Russian Arctic Convoys Club 21st Century (Club21)

Newsletter 5 – September 2016

Newsletter 5 – September 2016

Featuring 75th anniversary of operation Dervish, events; Royal Yacht Britannia/Russian Consul, Men & Ice/Edinburgh, veterans; Thomas Lennie, Ken Watson, Ned Ruffle, George Young, Jimmy Baynes, a memorial in Surbiton/Rosemary Lever and Salty the ships cat

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Russian Arctic Convoys Club 21st Century (Club21)