|Medal of Pushkin|
Medal of Pushkin (obverse)
|Awarded by Russian Federation|
|Eligibility||Citizens of the Russian Federation and foreign nationals|
|Awarded for||Achievements in the arts and culture, education, humanities and literature|
|Established||May 9, 1999|
|Next (higher)||Medal of Nesterov|
|Next (lower)||Medal "Defender of a Free Russia"|
Ribbon of the Medal of Pushkin
The "Medal of Pushkin" (Russian: «Медаль Пушкина») is a state decoration of the Russian Federation awarded to its citizens for achievements in the arts and culture, education, humanities and literature. It is named in honour of Russian author and poet Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin.
The Medal of Pushkin was established on May 9, 1999 by Presidential Decree № 574, its statute was amended on September 7, 2010 by Presidential Decree № 1099 which completely revamped the awards and honours system of the Russian Federation.
The Medal of Pushkin is awarded to citizens of the Russian Federation with at least 20 years in socio-humanitarian activities for achievements in the arts and culture, education, humanities and literature, for great contributions to the study and preservation of the Russian cultural heritage, in the rapprochement and mutual enrichment of cultures of nations and peoples, for the creation of highly artistic images.
The Medal of Pushkin is a circular 32mm diameter silver medal with raised rims on both the obverse and reverse. The obverse bears a self-portrait (line drawing) of Pushkin's left profile. On the reverse center the horizontal relief signature of Pushkin himself. The signature takes most of the total width of the medal. Under the signature near the lower rim of the medal, the letter "N" in relief and a line reserved for the award serial number. The medal hangs from a standard Russian pentagonal mount by a ring through the medal suspension loop. The mount is covered by an overlapping 24mm wide azure silk moiré ribbon with a 2.5mm golden stripe situated 5mm from the ribbon's right edge.
- Number of awards of the Medal of Pushkin to date:
- Natalia Y. Borodin, director of the Pushkin school in Novomoskovsk, Tula Region, received two Medals of Pushkin - 1999 and 2000.
- The Medal of Pushkin was also awarded to citizens of the following states: Abkhazia, Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, South Ossetia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Syria, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, USA, and Vietnam.:
- Many heads of state were also awarded the Medal of Pushkin.
- "Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of May 9, 1999 No 574" (in Russian). Commission under the President of the Russian Federation on state awards. 1999-12-15. http://award.adm.gov.ru/doc/u574.htm. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
- "Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of September 7, 2010 No 1099" (in Russian). Russian Gazette. 2010-09-07. http://www.rg.ru/2010/09/15/nagrady-dok.html. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
- "Statute of the Medal of Pushkin" (in Russian). Commission under the President of the Russian Federation on state awards. 2010-09-07. http://award.gov.ru/pushkin_medal.html. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
- "Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of December 16, 2011 No 1631" (in Russian). Russian Gazette. 2011-12-16. http://graph.document.kremlin.ru/page.aspx?1593594. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
- Based on information from the site of the President of the Russian Federation and the legal systems' reference web sites of "Consultants", "Garant", and "Codex"
- (Ukrainian) Регіонали удостоїлися медалі Пушкіна Regionals were awarded medal Pushkin, TSN.ua (19 February 2013)
- Based on information from the site of the President of the Russian Federation
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