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Executive Order establishing the Order of St Catherine the Great Martyr and the Distinction For a Good Deed

Dmitry Medvedev established the Order of St Catherine the Great Martyr and the distinction For a Good Deed in order to further improve the state award system of the Russian Federation.

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The Order of St Catherine the Great Martyr will be awarded to Russian and foreign citizens well-known for their high moral values and compassion for their outstanding contribution to peacekeeping, charity, humanitarian activities and the preservation of cultural heritage.

The distinction For a Good Deed will be awarded to Russian and foreign nationals for:

- major charity efforts to support children’s homes, nursing homes, orphanages, hospices and medical facilities in Russia;

- active public work aimed at improving the level of morality and tolerance in society, promoting human values and human rights, and combating the spread of dangerous diseases and habits;

- the contribution to the development of Russian science, culture, education and healthcare;

- assistance to NGOs and religious organisations in implementing socially significant measures;

- activities aimed at strengthening the institution of marriage and family.

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