The Russian government has decided to confer its
highest civilian award, the “Order of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First,” on
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Indian PM will receive the award in appreciation
of his contribution to the development of a strong strategic partnership between
Russia and India and friendly ties between the Russian and Indian peoples.
The Order of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First
is awarded to prominent government and public figures, prominent
representatives of science, culture, art and various sectors of the economy for
their great contribution to Russia.
It was first awarded by former Russian Tsar
‘Peter the Great’ in 1698. It was abolished under the Soviet Union but
re-established in 1998 erstwhile President Boris Yeltsin.
Earlier in April, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
had awarded Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Zayed Medal, the
highest civilian award granted by its government. He was awarded as a mark of
appreciation for his efforts to boost bilateral ties between India and UAE.