History of the Consulate General

History of the Consulate General

Russian diplomats of different ranks had visited Isfahan even before the Consulate General was opened. Graves dated back to XVII-XX centuries that remained on the Armenian cemetery show that clearly. Now the Consulate General maintains these graves in order.

 Councilor Petr Egorovich Panafidin was appointed as the first Consul General on February 18, 1897. It is appropriate mention here that Russian Imperial Consulate in Isfahan was an initiator of restoration of one of the city`s symbols - Si-o-Se Pol Bridge in 1909.

 After the Russian Empire collapsed and the Soviet Union appeared the Consulate General continued to work. After the Second World War finished the Consulate General was shut and recommenced its activity in 1969. In late 60th-early 70th the Soviet Union was busy with construction of big metallurgical plant in Isfahan therefore there were many Soviet citizens in the city and recommencement of Consulate General activity was necessary.

 On December 27, 1987 the Consulate General was attacked. Afghans who lived in Isfahan including those who escaped from the war in Afghanistan could get in and set on the fire the administrative building of the Consulate General. Personnel of the Consulate General could hide. Nobody was killed or injured.

 Lack of financing in the first years after break-up of the Soviet Union was the reason why the territory of the Consulate General was not in good conditions. Ali Mitkhadovich Moostafabeyly who was appointed as Consul General twice, in 2003-2005 and 2010-2013 did huge work in order to restore the former magnificence of the Consulate General.

 Now the Consulate General continues to protect Russian citizens in the provinces of the Consular district (Isfahan, Yazd, Kerman).

Entrance to the Russian Imperial Consulate in Isfahan

View on the Imperial Consulate in Isfahan

Building for visitors of the Imperial Consulate in Isfahan (left wing)

View on the Imperial Consulate in Isfahan from stable

Chagharbagh Bridge (Si-o-Se Pol) which was restored by initiative of Russian Consul P.Bogoyavlensky

Consul General in Isfahan V.Tardov (in the center) with the personnel of the Consulate General; March, 1922

Consul General in Isfahan V.Tardov (in the center) with the personnel of the Consulate General; March, 1922

Personnel of the Soviet Consulate and Persians

Delegation of craftsmen and workers near the pavilion of V.Lenin during a meeting devoted to May,1st in the garden of the Soviet Consulate; 1923-1924

Members of the Soviet delegation at the head of chairman of board of ministers of the USSR A.Kosigin (at the first row in the center) on the ceremony of laying of the foundation stone of the Isfahan Metallurgical Plant; April 5, 1968

Ceremony of laying of the foundation stone of Isfahan Metallurgical Plant. There are the head of the Soviet delegation A.Kosigin (in the first row, rightmost), Soviet Ambassador in Iran (V.Yarofeyev); April 5, 1968

Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of USSR N.Podgorny visits the Isfahan Metallurgical Plant. N.Podgorny is in the center, first deputy of Economical Cooperation Committee I.Archipov -to the left, begind of him and to the right deputy of chairman of board of ministers of the USSR N.Tikhonov, to the right from Podgorny is Iranian Prime-Minister Amir Abbas Hoveida; March 28, 1970

Visit of chairman of Executive Committee of of Council of Moscow V.Promislov. In the first row from left to right: Soviet Ambassador in Iran V.Yarofeyev, V.Promislov, employee of the Consulate General D.Rurikov, Mayor of Tehran Nikpey; December 26, 1970

Meeting of Soviet Ambassador V.Vinogradov with the personnel of the Consulate General. There is Consul General N.Pertsev in the left; March 14, 1977

Trip of Soviet Ambassador V.Vinogradov to the Bafq iron-ore area. From left to right: Soviet Consul General in Isfahan N.Pertsev, head of the unit and counsellor of the Soviet Embassy E.Ostrovenko, V.Vinogradov; November 30, 1977

New city of Ariashahr which was built by the Soviets for the personnel of the Isfahan Metallurgical Plant; March, 1978

Visit of Soviet Ambassador V.Vinogradov of the Isfahan Metallurgical Plant. In the first row in the center: V.Vinogradov, Plant Manager A.Shibani, Soviet Consul General in Isfahan I.Pogrebnoy. In the second row behind V.Vinogradov: employee of the Embassy E.Ostrovenko, in the right employee of the Consulate General A.Mariasov; March, 1978

Personnel of the Soviet Embassy in Iran near the monument to A.Griboyedov. From left to right: counsellor on economics V.Shamovsky, Consul General of the USSR in Isfahan I.Pogrebnoy, counsellor Plakhty, Ambassador V.Vinogradov, military attache Khrisanov, minister-counsellor E.Ostrovenko, counsellor N.Kozirev, secretary of party committe S.Kovrigin, director of hospital D.Sirak