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Sir Rodric Quentin Braithwaite, GCMG (born 17 May 1932) is a British diplomat and author.

Sir Rodric Braithwaite

British Ambassador to Russia
In office
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byBrian Fall
British Ambassador to the Soviet Union
In office
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
John Major
Preceded byBryan Cartledge
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Personal details
Born17 May 1932 (1932-05-17) (age 87)
Spouse(s)Jill Braithwaite
RelativesWarwick Braithwaite (father)
Nicholas Braithwaite (brother)
Joseph Braithwaite (grandfather)
John Braithwaite (uncle)
Rewi Braithwaite (uncle)
Roderick Braithwaite (uncle)
David Braithwaite (cousin)

Braithwaite was educated at Bedales School and Christ's College, Cambridge. After his military service, he joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1955. His diplomatic career included posts in Indonesia, Italy, Poland, the Soviet Union, and a number of positions at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. From 1988 to 1992 Braithwaite was ambassador in Moscow, first of all to the Soviet Union and then to the Russian Federation. Subsequently, he was the Prime Minister's foreign policy adviser and chairman of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee (1992–93), and was awarded the GCMG in 1994.

Braithwaite was married in April 1961 to the former Gillian Mary Robinson (15 September 1937 – 10 November 2008 London), better known as the archaeologist and Roman face pottery expert Jill Braithwaite. They had several children, including three sons and one daughter - Richard, Katharine, Julian (whose twin brother, Mark, died in 1971) and David.[1]


  • Across the Moscow River: The World Turned Upside Down. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press. 2002. p. 371. ISBN 978-0-300-09496-1. LCCN 2001007277. OCLC 48450825. LCC DK510.763 .B73 2002
  • Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press. 2002. p. 446. ISBN 978-1-86197-759-5. LCCN 2007277027. OCLC 63137298. LCC D764.3.M6 B73 2006b
  • Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979–89. New York: Oxford University Press. 2011. p. 417. ISBN 978-0-19-983265-1. LCCN 2011015052. OCLC 768329528. LCC DS371.2 .B725 2011
  • Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation. Profile Books. 2017. ISBN 978-1781257197.


  1. ^ "Ambassador's wife turned archaeologist" Financial Times, 24 January 2009. Other obituaries appeared in The Independent (15 January 2009), and The Guardian (3 December 2008). Braithwaite's Guardian tribute to his late wife lists their five children.

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