Russia honours PM Narendra Modi with its highest civilian award

Russia honours PM Narendra Modi with its highest civilian award

Prime Minister Narendra Modi honoured with Russia’s highest state decoration, the Order of St Andrew the Apostle.

The award has been given to PM Modi for “exceptional services in promoting a special and privileged strategic partnership between the Russian Federation and the Republic of India and friendly relations between the Russian and Indian peoples.

This is the seventh award conferred on PM Modi by a foreign country.

The award was established at the end of the 17th century by Tsar Peter I in honour of Apostle Andrew the First-Called.

The award has been given to only 18 people, including weapons designer Mikhail Kalashnikov; writers Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II; doctors Valery Shumakov and Boris Petrovsky; singers Lyudmila Zykina and Irina Arkhipova; choreographer Yuri Grigorovich; and former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev.