Barely a week after receiving the highest civilian award of the United Arab Emirates, the Order of Zayed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is honored with Russia’s highest state decoration, the Order of St Andrew the Apostle, on Friday.
A statement released by Russian Embassy said PM Modi has been given the award for “exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between the Russian Federation and the Republic of India and friendly relations between the Russian and Indian peoples”.
The award was instituted by Tsar Peter I in honour of Apostle Andrew the First Called in the 17th century. Following the October revolution of 1917, the then Soviet Union had abolished all awards established by the Russian empire, but revived it in 1998, as the highest state award.
The other recipients of this award include former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev, and China’s President Xi Jinping.
With this award, Narendra Modi has received seven international awards after he became Prime Minister in 2014. The awards he was honoured with earlier are:
- Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud, the highest civilian award by Saudi Arabia in April 2016
- State Order of Ghazi Amir Amanullah Khan, the highest civilian honour by Afghanistan in June 2016
- Grand Collar of the State of Palestine, the highest honour granted to foreigners by Palestine in February 2018
- Seoul Peace Prize 2018 for “Modinomics” that helped reduce social and economic disparity between rich and poor in October 2018
- UN Champions of the Earth Award 2018, the highest environmental honour of the United Nations in October 2018
- Philip Kotler Presidential Award for his outstanding leadership for the nation in January 2019.