On January 13, 2011 in the Colombo "Galle Face Hotel" the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Sri Lanka
held a function that was attended by ministers, parliamentarians, notable public figures, activists of the Sri Lanka –
Russia Friendship Society and the Association of Sri Lankan graduates from Soviet and Russian universities. H.E.
Ambassador of the Russian Federation Vladimir P. Mikhaylov congratulated Dr. Saman Weerasinghe, the cordial friend of
Russia, Vice-president of the Russia – Sri Lanka Friendship Society and International secretary of the Sri Lanka –
Russia Friendship Society, on his appointment for the high post of advisor to H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of the
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.