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4th of July
Ian Mitchell

n 4th July the United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Mr John Beyrle (pictured right), and Ms Jocelyn Green hosted a party at the Ambassador’s Residence, Spaso House in Spasopesovskaya Square, to celebrate the 235th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the thirteen rebel states of north American from the Kingdom of Great Britain. That event, one of the most significant unlawful acts of modern history, was first marked two years later by General George Washington, who gave his troops a double ration of rum. Perhaps it was therefore fitting that your correspondent celebrated the day, which has been a public holiday in the United States since 1938, by gratefully accepting the generous helpings of “Gentleman Jack” whiskey which Ambassador Beyrle offered him indirectly through his large team of Russian barmen. Like the original, it was a day to remember.

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