Viktor Zakharchenko awarded Hero of Labour title 2020-10-15 13:40:00 Vladimir Putin signed Executive Order On Awarding the Title Hero of Labour of the Russian Federation to Viktor Zakharchenko. Under the Executive Order, the title Hero of Labour of the Russian Federation is awarded to Viktor Zakharchenko, head of the Kuban Cossack Choir, for special merits in developing Russian culture and arts and for the substantial contribution to popularising, preserving and multiplying the cultural and historical heritage of Russia. Viktor Zakharchenko has headed the State Academic Kuban Cossack Choir since 1974. The choir was founded in 1811 and is the oldest national Cossack company in Russia. Its repertoire includes Kuban Cossack, Russian and Ukrainian folk songs as well as songs with lyrics by Russian and Ukrainian poets. Viktor Zakharchenko composed over 200 pieces of music and over 1,000 covers of folk songs.