The message reads, in part:
“Your bright and original works, which reflect the entire continent’s contrasting traditions and cultures, have helped many Russian readers to learn and grow to love Latin America. Without exaggeration we can say that your work resonates in the hearts of millions of people around the world.
You remain faithful to the true vocation of literature: to raise vital and pressing philosophical issues and to promote the ideals of goodness and justice. You have succeeded in full, both and as a writer and as a public figure. Your active civil position and commitment to universal values are a worthy reference for all those who think in broad categories, see the future and care about the fate of the modern world.”
For his contribution to strengthening friendship between the peoples of Russia and Latin America, Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been awarded the Order of Honour by the Russian President’s Executive Order.