Moscow man in from cold

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

A MAN who worked in the Bri­tish Em­bassy in Moscow dur­ing the Cold War has spo­ken of his in­ter­est­ing and var­ied career on his re­tire­ment.

Rus­sell Hart­ley, 67, of Mere­side Close, Macclesfield, spent more than 35 years work­ing in the mil­i­tary, mostly with the Royal Navy and later with the Min­istry of De­fence.

His role as fi­nance and HR of­fi­cer took him all over the world on HMS Nor­folk, Brighton, Phoebe and Pres­i­dent.

He also served over­seas in Malta, Hong Kong and Bri­tish Em­bassies in Moscow, War­saw and Helsinki.

But is was his time in Moscow that Rus­sell claims was the most ‘in­ter­est­ing’ as po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary ten­sion be­tween the East and West was at its height.

He said: “Work­ing in Moscow at that time was very in­ter­est­ing and prob­a­bly the most mem­o­rable part of my career.”

But it wasn’t all work. Rus­sell found time to ex­plore his love of re­mote area mo­tor­ing in a four wheel drive ve­hi­cle, even man­ag­ing to drive from Moscow to the UK and back again. Af­ter 25 years in the Royal Navy, rising up the ranks to chief petty of­fi­cer, Rus­sell joined Daniel Ash­worth & Booth So­lic­i­tors in Macclesfield as prac­tice sec­re­tary.

Then in 2002 he got a job as a per­sonal ad­vi­sor for the Depart­ment of Works & Pen­sions in Macclesfield and later as the Dis­abil­ity Em­ploy­ment Ad­viser for the area be­fore mov­ing back to the mil­i­tary, work­ing for the Min­istry of De­fence’s Busi­ness Ser­vices Unit at Chea­dle Hulme.

In 2011 he moved to the Bri­tish Em­bassy in Amman, Jor­dan, where he re­mained for five years be­fore work­ing for the Home Of­fice as a Use of Force Risk An­a­lyst at Manch­ester Air­port.

Rus­sell, who is mar­ried to Mar­garet and has one daugh­ter and two grand­chil­dren, is now ad­just­ing to re­tire­ment.

He said: “I had a long a var­ied career and don’t regret a thing.

“I’m now look­ing for­ward to spend­ing more time with my fam­ily, and fol­low­ing my other pas­sions Manch­ester United, and mil­i­tary and fam­ily history.”

●● Per­form­ers in Cir­cus Starr at Macclesfield

●● Rus­sell Hart­ley from Macclesfield.

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