Russia has conferred Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the highest civilian honour, the Order of the Holy Apostle Andrew. A statement from Russian Embassy said that President Vladimir Putin has signed the decree to award PM Modi for his “or exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between Russian and India.”


Prime Minister in a tweet thanked Russian President Putin and the people of Russia  after receiving the prestigious award. He also called Putin a ‘source of great strength’ for India-Russia friendship.

This is the eighth international honour for Modi during his tenure as prime minister. Last week, UAE honoured PM Modi with Zayed medal, the country’s highest civilian order. He was awarded with this medal as a symbol of appreciation for his efforts to boost bilateral ties with the UAE.

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According to the Russian government, the Order of St Andrew the Apostle was established in the 17th century by Peter the Great around 1699 and is the oldest of Russia’s state decorations.

The Order of St Andrew the Apostle is both the highest and the oldest state decoration of Russia. The order was abolished in the erstwhile Soviet Union in 1918 and was re-established in 1998.

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