World Russian People's Council bestows award on Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has won the first award of the World Russian People's Council for preservation of Russia's great power statehood.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia, who heads the World Russian People's Council, presented the award statue and diploma to the chief of state on Monday.

The award statue depicts the Millennium of Russia Monument, which was unveiled in Novgorod in 1862.

Members of the Council, which was defined by the Patriarch as one of the mightiest public organizations in the country, place a special emphasis on great power statehood.

"The great power statehood of our country is a subject close to the hearts of the Council members. The great power statehood implies a strong state, which respects itself and is respected by all the others," Patriarch Kirill said.

"We know that you did more than anyone else in the end of the 20th century to make Russia a great power and to restore its position," he told Putin.

The struggle for a commendable place of Russia amongst other nations continues, especially in the context of the latest developments around Syria and "the peacekeeping efforts made by you personally and our homeland," he said.

The president assured the patriarch that the monument's statue would take a worthy place in the Presidential Library.

He also thanked the patriarch for his support to the annual exhibitions "Orthodox Rus" and the Russian Orthodox Church's assistance in the national development.

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