Test pilot Vyacheslav Kritsky and cosmonauts Yury Lonchakov and Mikhail Tyurin were decorated with the Hero of Russia award, and Boris Petrovsky, the honorary director of Academy of Medical Sciences’ surgical research center was awarded the highest state award – the Order of the Holy Apostle Saint Andrew the First-Called.
President Vladimir Putin presented 55 state awards to cosmonauts, cultural and scientific figures and regional leaders in the Kremlin’s St. Catherine Hall. The President said that these awards are being presented to people united by their lofty aim to bring about Russia’s renaissance and make it a strong and prosperous country. Mr Putin thanked the recipients of the awards for their constant creative energy and their active position as citizens. “It is a great honour for me to work together with you,” the President said
President Putin presenting the Order of Andrew the First Called to Boris Petrovsky, Honorary Director of the National Scientific Surgery Centre of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences.