Order of St. Alexander Nevsky
|Order of St. Alexander Nevsky|
Star of the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky
|Awarded by the Russian Empire|
|Motto||"For services and Fatherland"|
|Established||21 May 1725|
|Next (higher)||Order of Saint Catherine|
Ribbon of the Order
The introduction of the Imperial Order of St. Alexander Nevsky was planned by Emperor Peter I of Russia. It was established by Empress Catherine I of Russia on 21 May 1725 in memory of the deeds of Saint Alexander Nevsky in defending Russia against foreign invaders.
The order was originally awarded to distinguished Russian citizens who had served their country with honor, mostly through political or military service.
After the 1917 Russian Revolution the order continued to be bestowed by the heads of the House of Romanov. Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia claims to be the current Grand Mistress. On January 27, 2006, she bestowed the order on Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk (later Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow).
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- "Биография Святейшего Патриарха Московского и всея Руси Кирилла". Official Website of the Moscow Patriarchate. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
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