Russia awards PM Narendra Modi with highest civilian honour

Moscow: Russia has conferred Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Order of St Andrew the Apostle, the highest order of the Russian Federation.

The Russian Embassy in India said in a tweet that Modi was awarded the order for “exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between” Russia and India.

The Order of St Andrew the Apostle is both the highest and the old state decoration of Russia. The order was abolished in the erstwhile Soviet Union in 1918 and was re-established in 1998.

The Russian government said the Order of St Andrew the Apostle was instituted in the 17th century by Peter the Great around 1699 and is the earliest of Russia’s state awards.

According to the Russian government, “The Order of St Andrew the Apostle is awarded to outstanding politicians and public figures, as well as other citizens of Russia, for exceptional services.”

In 2017, Chinese president Xi Jinping was conferred with the Order of St Andrew the Apostle.

With the Russian award, PM Narendra Modi has now been honoured with around seven top global awards. PM Modi was previously honoured with the United Arab Emirates’s top honour as well as of countries including Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Afghanistan, and Palestine. PM Modi has also been awarded a United Nations honour.