the highest state decoration of Russia. It was established by Peter the Great around 1699 and is the oldest of Russia’s state decorations. The order was abolished in 1918 and re-established in 1998 by an Executive Order of the President of Russia.
The Order of St Andrew the Apostle is awarded to outstanding politicians and public figures, as well as other citizens of Russia, for exceptional services contributing to the prosperity, might and glory of Russia. The Order can be awarded to heads of foreign states and governments for distinguished merits to the Russian Federation.
The order includes a badge, a star, and a light blue silk moire ribbon.
Those receiving the award for distinction in combat are presented with the badge and the star of the Order of St Andrew with swords.