U.S. Ambassador to Russia
Ambassador of the United States of America to the Russian Federation 
James Franklin Collins took the oath of office as Ambassador of the United States to the Russian Federation on September 2, 1997, following his nomination by President Clinton and confirmation by the Senate of the United States. 

A career diplomat with extensive experience in Russian affairs, Ambassador Collins is returning to Moscow for the fourth time following a Washington assignment as Senior Coordinator and then Ambassador-at-Large and Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for the New Independent States. 

Mr. Collins twice before served at the American Embassy in Moscow: from 1990 to 1993 as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d'Affaires and from 1973 to 1975, as Second Secretary. Academic study and research brought Ambassador Collins to Moscow for the first time from 1965 to 1966, as an Exchange Fellow at the History Faculty of Moscow University. 

In addition to his diplomatic postings in Moscow, Ambassador Collins has held several management positions in the Department of State in Washington and has served on the staff of the National Security Council. 

Mr. Collins received the Secretary of State's Award for Distinguished Service in January, 1993, the Department of State's Distinguished Honor Award in October 1993, and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service in December, 1995. He is also the recipient of several meritorious and Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State. 

Ambassador Collins has been married for 34 years to Dr. Naomi F. Collins, a writer, scholar, and non-profit leader, who has served as Executive Director of the Maryland Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and as Executive Director of NAFSA, an association of international educators headquartered in Washington. They have two grown sons, Robert and Jonathan. 

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