Vladimir Yulin — an active U.N. Peacemaker
Born on 15 July 1931 in a schoolteachers'
family in Tula, Russia. His childhood coincided with the years
of the Great Patriotic war (1941–1945). His father was
called up for military service and the family was
evacuated to Siberia where Vladimir, then a ten-year-old boy,
learned how hard is a peasant's work. Upon the return from
the evacuation he worked some time as a turner apprentice
in a weapons repair workshop of an artillery regiment
of the infantry division where his father served
as an officer. At an early age he learnt how
difficult was a soldier's life although he was never on active
military service. His own destiny desposed in a different way.
Having graduated from a secondary school
with honors, in 1949 he entered the Institute
of International Relations in Moscow. He graduated from
the Institute in 1954 and joined a diplomatic
service. As a diplomat (and later as a U.N.
Staffer) Vladimir had long term assignments to Great Britain,
United States, Switzerland, India, Chile and other countries.
In London he combined diplomatic work with the studies
in London School of Economics. In 1965 he graduated
from External Postgraduate School of the Institute
of International Relations and received a scientific
degree of a candidate of economic sciences
(an equivalent to a Ph.D (Econ) degree
in the Western Higher Educational Establishments).
In 1973–1985 as a Senior Research
Fellow he worked in the Institute of U.S.
and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy
of Sciences. He is an author of several books and over
300 articles on political and economic subjects. Was
active as a lecturer on international affairs.
In 1985 he joint the United Nations
Secretariat in New York as Deputy Director
of Administrative Management Service. From 1986 to 1991
worked as Director of Technological Innovations (Computer)
Participated in several United Nations
Peace-keeping operations, including two missions in Cambodia:
United Nations Advance Mission in Cambodia (UNAMIC)
as a member of the Group assigned to form United
Nation Administration in this country and United Nations
Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) as Director
of the U.N. Provincial Administration in the Province
of Kampong Spue. Later in 1994 he participated in United
Nations Observers' Mission in South Africa (UNOMSA)
as U.N.Observers' Team Leader in North-Western Provinces
of the South African Republic.
Upon his retirement from the United Nations
in 1994 Vladimir joined the Organization of United
Nations Volunteers. From 1996 to 2001 as a U.N.
Volunteer he served as an Electoral Observer under
the auspice of the Organization of Security
and Co-operation in Europe to verify the preparations
and conduct of elections in the Federal Republic
of Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Croatia. Twice he was assigned
to work in Kosovo (1997 and 1999–2001).
In 1999–2000 he worked with United
Nations Peace-keeping Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) as Senior Core
Supervisor assigned to ensure co-operation and security
of U.N. personnel operating in the District
of Northern Mitrovica, one of the most volatile places
in the UNMIK Area of Responsibility. In 2001
as OSCE Election Officer he was responsible for the preparation
of the elections to the Kosovo Assembly in the Serbian
Municipalities Zvecan and Zubin Potok of Northern Mitrovica
District. Before leaving Kosovo in December 2001 he
worked for several months as OSCE Democratization Officer
in the Albanian-Serbian Municipality of Lipljan.
His experience and sound judgement was
an asset stimulating his younger colleagues to find
an optimal solution to the most complicated situations
of confrontation between belligerent groups in Kosovo.
Back in Moscow on the completion
of his last mission Vladimir Yulin generously shared his experience
and knowledge which he accumulated during his diplomatic
and peace-keeping activities.
Presently he is very active in restoring
the historic memory of celebrated families of Russian
Nobility-namely the Chichagov clan. He supports the view that
addressing their patriotism, loyalty to Motherland in fulfilling
their military and civic duties and upholding spiritual values
of Christianity will no doubt serve to promote Russia's
prestige in the world as a great peacekeeping power
and Russia's spiritual ressuraction. It is in this context
that the Chichagov's Noble Family Charity Foundation and its
President Vladimir Yulin have as a primary aim.