VORONTSOV Yuly Mikhaylovich (07.10.1929 – 12.12.2007) was born in a family of a man-of-war's man in Leningrad. In 1952 after graduation from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) he was sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR. In 1954 he went to the USA where he worked for a few years as an attaché in the Permanent Mission of the USSR to the United Nations, later as a counselor of the Embassy of the USSR in the same country, in 1963-1965 as a counselor in the Permanent Mission of the USSR to the United Nations. From 1970 to 1977 he was the Minister-Counselor in Washington.
From December, 1977 to January, 1983 Y.M.Vorontsov was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USSR in India. His activities promoted stronger relations between the USSR and India. He guided the preparation for L.I.Brezhnev’s historical visit to India and Indira Gandhi’s visit to the Soviet Union. From 1983 to 1986 – the Ambassador in France. In 1987 Vorontsov became the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR. In 1988 he headed the Soviet Embassy in Afghanistan. From 1990 to 1994 he served as the Permanent Representative of the USSR and Russia to the United Nations and the UN Security Council. From 1994 to1998 he was the Ambassador of Russia to the USA. From 1998 to 2000 – the adviser to the President of the Russian Federation on foreign policy. In 1999 after completion his diplomatic mission in the USA he moved to the UN apparatus and assumed the office of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General. In the last years of his life Y.M.Vorontsov was the President of the Russian–US Council of Business Cooperation, a participant of the public dialogue «Russia – US: prospects».
J.M.Vorontsov is well-known not only as a prominent diplomat, but also as a public figure of culture. From 1989 to1990 he took part in the creation of the International Center of the Roerichs (ICR) and was a co-founder of the Nicholas Roerich Museum initiated by S.N.Roerich. Only due to his efforts and assistance the legacy of the outstanding Russian family was successfully transferred home and laid the ground for the Nicholas Roerich Museum. In November, 1999 Y.M.Vorontsov was elected the President of the International Center of the Roerichs.
Awards: the Order for Services to the Fatherland III degree, the Order of Honour, the Order of Lenin, the Order of the October revolution, two orders of the Red Banner of Labour, the order of Badge of Honor. In May, 2008 Y.M.Vorontsov was posthumously awarded with the highest state order of India for foreigners ‒ Padma Bhushan ("the Award of Lotus"). On June, 30th, 2008 Y.M.Vorontsov was posthumously awarded with the public award – the order "Pride of Russia".