Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with Russia’s highest state honour 'Order of St Andrew the Apostle' for exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India. The award was extended on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin. This is overall seventh international award that PM Modi has been honoured with.
Order of St Andrew the Apostle
- It is awarded by Russian Government to prominent statesmen and public figures and representatives of science, culture, the arts and various industries for their exceptional services in promoting the prosperity, greatness and glory of Russia.
- It is also awarded to foreign heads of state for outstanding services to Russia. It was established in 1698 by Tsar Peter the Great, in honour of Saint Andrew, the first apostle of Jesus and patron saint of Russia.
- Among the foreign awardees are President of China Xi Jinping, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Azerbaijan Geydar Aliev. The ceremony for award is usually held at St Andrew Hall of Grand Kremlin Palace.
- The most recent person who was decorated with this honous is Valentina Matvienko, Chairperson of Federation Council of Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. She was awarded with this order in March 2019