Earlier the President sent a congratulatory telegram to Daniil Granin, which among other things, said the following:
“As a talented author whose work ranks among the classics of Russian literature, and as a prominent essay writer, you have written many outstanding and profound works, which are a spiritual asset not just to Russia but to the whole world. Your books, created by the hard work and great gift of a true master, raise difficult themes that are relevant to people’s lives, and that is why they are so dear to readers of all generations. You have become not just a recognised master of fiction, but also as an authoritative public figure. Your sense of social duty – the sincerity with which you have worked to restore the tradition of mercy and charity in Russia – is worthy of profound respect.”
The head of state decreed that Daniil Granin be awarded the order of Saint Andrew the Apostle in recognition of his overwhelming contribution to the development of national literature, his creative work which spans many years, and his social activity.