Pushkin's last direct descendant receives Russian award

On his 70th birthday celebrated on Sept. 10 2012, Alexander Pushkin, the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin's last direct descendant, who is also head of the Russian Nobility Union in Belgium, a co-chairman of the Pushkin charitable foundation and a prominent figure in the Russian community in Belgium, received the Russian Foreign Ministry's Badge for Contribution to International Cooperation.

The award was presented to him by Russian Ambassador to Belgium Alexander Romanov, who congratulated him on his own behalf and on behalf of the Russian embassy on the award, conferred on him by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and thanked him for his efforts to preserve the cultural roots and original identity of the peoples of Russian," the Russian embassy's press officer Georgy Kuznetsov told Interfax on Monday.

The Russian ambassador made special mention of the Pushkin family's chartable activities for the sake of Russian sick children and citizens with disabilities. "These outstanding people have been patronizing patients of the children's deparatment of the Professor Petrov Oncology Research Institute in St.Petersburg since 2000," Romanov said.

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