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History of GlavUpDK

Since Ivan the Terrible times the reception of the foreign diplomats and their representative in the country were the important element of the international politics. Created in 1549 the Posolskiy prikaz and transferred in 1556 by Ivan the Terrible the building on Varvarka to English foreign and trade representatives lied the foundation of the foreign mission activity.

In the August 1921 with the purpose to provide all necessary for the embassies of the countries, supporting the diplomatic relations with young Soviet Russia, have been created the Foreigners services Bureau or ‘Byurobin’. It was the predecessor of the current The Main Production and Commercial Administration for Services to the Diplomatic Corps under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (GlavUpDK).

In the following decades the bureau has successfully developed and efficiently worked under the creation of the most comfortable terms for the business of the foreign citizens, in bounden duty being in our country.

In July 1947, Byurobin was transformed to the Administration for Service to the Diplomatic Corps of MFA of USSR (UPDK), which in its turns in 1988 became the Main Production and Commercial Administration for Services to the Diplomatic Corps under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of USSR, and then under the MFA of Russia.

The main directions of the business of GlavUpDK have been specified by the Derective of the Council of Ministers of USSR N640 ‘Concerning the measures of the services improvement for diplomatic and other foreign representative in USSR’. They based on the execution by Russia the international obligations of placement and services for the foreign representatives, accredited in Moscow.

The significance of the business of GlavUpDK in relation of the security  of the State interests of Russia was confirmed by the Orders of the President, dated the 22nd of November 1993 N 1974  ‘Concerning the issues of placement and service of foreign representatives in the city of Moscow’; and also dated the 04th of August 2004, N 1009, according to which the GlavUpDK was included in the list of the strategic enterprises.

Now the services of the GlavUpDK as often called  ‘ministry of hospitality’ are used by over 180 embassies and representatives of international organizations, over 100 correspondent offices of Mass Media and over 2000 Russian and foreign companies.

History GlavUpDK – museum exposition

Museum exposition, dedicated to the history of GlavUpDK, is permanently active and located at the address: street Prechistenka, 20.

The purpose of the exposition – to invite attention to the centuries-old heritage of Ambassadors Moscow and introduce the history of the development of the services for foreign representatives, businessmen and journalists in Moscow.

Photocopies of archive documents, recently storage under the seal ‘Confidential’, historical photos, memories and rewards of veterans, letters of appreciations, diplomas and gifts allow to recreate the important landmarks of the passed 85 years journey.

Collected together the rare materials disclosed unique pages of the history:

  • About transfer by Ivan the Terrible in 1556 to the Englishmen the building, up to now known as the Old English Inn;
  • about how Vologda executed the role of the diplomatic capital of Russia;
  • about first embassies in restored diplomatic Moscow after transfer the capital from the Neva’s riverside;
  • about one of the kind in the history the evacuation of the dipcorps from the besieged in October 1941 Moscow to Kuibyshev (Samara)
  • about the history of creation of the beautiful mansions in Moscow and the activity of GlavUpDK for its maintenance and recreation;
  • about the construction of widly known on the international level huge mansions, being the material resources of GlavUpDK and about many other things.

«Memoirs of Muscovy». 1550 

Street Prechistenka. 1910 

Street Prechistenka

Latter of the Elizabeth I to the tsar Ioann IV.
London, the 8th of June 1583

Private residence of Kurlina in Samara

Memorial plate on the building

Vologda. 1918 

The Old English Inn on Varvarka