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Modi receives Russia’s highest civilian award from Putin, dedicates it to people of India

Modi is the first Indian leader to be honoured with this award and it was announced in 2019.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi being conferred Russia’s highest civilian award — Order of St Andrew the Apostle — by Russian president Vladimir Putin, in Moscow, Russia, on July 9, 2024. (PTI Photo) (VIA @NarendraModi)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi was on Tuesday (9) officially conferred the Order of St Andrew the Apostle, Russia’s highest civilian award, by president Vladimir Putin for his contribution to fostering bilateral ties between the two countries.

In a special ceremony in St. Andrew Hall in the Kremlin, Putin conferred the award on the visiting leader. The award was announced in 2019.

Modi is the first Indian leader to be honoured with this award, which was established in 1698 by Tsar Peter the Great in honour of Saint Andrew, the first apostle of Jesus and patron saint of Russia.

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While accepting the award, the prime minister dedicated it to the people of India and to the traditional bonds of friendship between India and Russia. He further stated that the recognition illuminates the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between the two countries, said a statement issued by India’s ministry of foreign affairs.

“I am heartily grateful to you for conferring me with the highest civilian honour of Russia. This honour is not just mine, this is an honour of 140 crore (1.4 billion) Indians. This is an honour of the centuries-old and deep friendship and mutual trust between India and Russia,” Modi said after receiving the award.

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He said under Putin’s leadership, India-Russia relations have strengthened in all directions and have scaled new heights.

“The foundation of strategic ties between the two nations that you had laid has only further strengthened with the passing of time. Our mutual cooperation, based on people-to-partnership, is becoming the hope and guarantee of a better future of our people,” he added.

Later in a post on X, Modi said, “Honoured to receive the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle. I dedicate it to the people of India.”

Earlier, Putin congratulated Modi for the highest Russian award and wished him good health, success and all the best.

(With PTI inputs)

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