Order of Friendship

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Order of Friendship
Order of Friendship (obverse)
TypeSingle grade order
Awarded forStrengthening friendship and cooperation between peoples
Presented by Russian Federation
EligibilityRussian nationals and foreign nationals
Established2 March 1994[1]
Ribbon of the Order of Friendship
Next (higher)Order of Honour
Next (lower)Order of Parental Glory
RelatedOrder of Friendship of Peoples
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge being awarded the Order of Friendship by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on 22 November 2011 at the Moscow Kremlin.
Manfred Schmidt, Head of the Department for Crisis Management of the German Interior Ministry, being decorated with the Order of Friendship by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on 13 October 2010 at the Moscow Kremlin.
Prince Michael of Kent receives the Order of Friendship from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on 4 November 2009 at the Moscow Kremlin. He later returned the honour in the aftermath of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Order of Friendship (Russian: Орден Дружбы, Orden Druzhby) is a state decoration of the Russian Federation established by Boris Yeltsin by presidential decree 442 of 2 March 1994[1] to reward Russian and foreign nationals whose work, deeds and efforts have been aimed at the betterment of relations with the Russian Federation and its people. The design of order was created by Alexander Zhuk. Its statute was later amended by presidential decree 19 of 6 January 1999,[2] presidential decree 1999 of 7 September 2010,[3] presidential decree 1631 of 16 December 2011,[4] and presidential decree 308 of 16 March 2012.[5] The Order of Friendship is the direct successor of the Soviet Order of Friendship of Peoples and like the latter, its insignia was similarly designed by Alexander Zhuk.

Award statute[edit]

The Order of Friendship is awarded to Russian and foreign nationals for special merit in strengthening peace, friendship, cooperation and understanding between nations, for fruitful work on the convergence and mutual enrichment of cultures of nations and peoples; for the active conservation, development and promotion of the cultural and historical heritage of Russia; for great contribution to the implementation of joint ventures with the Russian Federation, major economic projects and attracting investments into the economy of the Russian Federation; for broad charitable activities.[5]

Award description[edit]

The badge of the Order of Friendship is made of gilded silver and enamels. It is a pentagonal star created from diverging golden rays. On the obverse at the center of the star is a terrestrial globe, with the oceans covered in blue enamel. The globe is surrounded by a green enamelled wreath of olive branches. On the reverse is the inscription "Peace and Friendship" (Russian: "Мир и дружба") and the etched serial number of the individual award. The distance between opposite tips of the star is 44 mm.[1]

The badge of the order is connected by a ring through the suspension loop to a standard Russian pentagonal mount covered with an overlapping 24 mm wide green silk moiré ribbon with 6 mm wide light blue stripes along its edges.[1] When worn in the presence of other Orders and medals of the Russian Federation, the Order of Friendship is located immediately after the Order of Honour.[6]

Notable recipients (partial list)[edit]

The following individuals were awarded the Order of Friendship:[7]

President Vladimir Putin presented US actor Steven Seagal with his new Russian passport and congratulated him on receiving Russian citizenship.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 6 January 1991 No. 19" (in Russian). Commission under the President of the Russian Federation on state awards. 15 December 1999. Archived from the original on 18 February 2001. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 7 September 2010 No. 1099" (in Russian). Russian Gazette. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 16 December 2011 No 1631" (in Russian). Russian Gazette. 16 December 2011. Archived from the original on 31 March 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 16 March 2012 No. 308" (in Russian). Consultants, legal library of Russia. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 12 April 2012 No. 433" (in Russian). Russian Presidential Executive Office. 12 April 2012. Archived from the original on 5 August 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Compiled from the site of the President of the Russian Federation" (in Russian). Kremlin News. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  8. ^ "PM receives Russia's highest award". The Star. 6 August 2003.
  9. ^ a b "Медведева, Загитова, Большунов, Спицов удостоены Ордена Дружбы". sports.ru (in Russian). 28 February 2018.
  10. ^ a b Vladislav Dunaev (19 April 2001). Консульство в Сан-Франциско чествует исследователей - Энтузиасты Русской Америки получают ордена Дружбы [Consulate in San Francisco celebrates researchers - Enthusiasts of Russian America to receive the Order of Friendship] (in Russian). Nezavisimaya Gazeta. Archived from the original on 14 January 2005. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  11. ^ Berthiaume, Lee (5 March 2014). "From Russia with Love: Chretien gets friendship award from Moscow". o.canada.com.
  12. ^ Srna (2012-01-09). "Dodiku uručen Orden Družbe". Nezavisne novine (in Serbian). Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  13. ^ "Bridges between UK and Russia must be rebuilt — Order of Friendship laureate". TASS. 21 November 2021. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  14. ^ "Путин наградил главу МИД Венгрии Сиярто орденом Дружбы - Газета.Ru | Новости". Газета.Ru (in Russian). Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  15. ^ "Sdp kääntyy kohti Natoa". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 20 March 2022. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  16. ^ "Meeting with Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch and All The East". Eng.news.kremlin.ru. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  17. ^ Wroe, Nicholas (16 July 2010). "Victor Hochhauser: 'My great stroke of luck came when Stalin died'". Retrieved 24 March 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  18. ^ Sumsky, Victor; Hong, Mark; Lugg, Amy (2012). ASEAN-Russia: Foundations and Future Prospects. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. p. xv. ISBN 978-981-4379-57-1.
  19. ^ "Cambodian PM awarded with the Order of Friendship from Russian President Putin". Khmer Times. 26 July 2021. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  20. ^ "WATCH: Vladimir Putin gives FIFA president Gianni Infantino a medal after World Cup praise".
  21. ^ "Jayakanthan awarded Order of Friendship award".
  22. ^ "Jayakanthan awarded Order of Friendship".
  23. ^ Petit, Stephanie (4 March 2022). "Queen Elizabeth's Cousin Prince Michael of Kent Returns Russian Honor Amid Invasion of Ukraine". People. Retrieved 5 March 2022.
  24. ^ Hoe, Yeen Nie (16 November 2009). "Russia, S'pore move towards closer ties with new governmental body". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 6 December 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  25. ^ "Former Vatican Ambassador to Russia is decorated with Order of Friendship". interfax-religion.com. 18 February 2010.
  26. ^ The Rotarian. Rotary International. May 1998. pp. 54–55.
  27. ^ Adam Sweeting (16 March 2011). "Riccardo Muti: a profile". The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  28. ^ "God Nisanov WJC Vice-President". World Jewish Congress. Archived from the original on 9 February 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
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  30. ^ "Russia honours BrahMos chief with 'Order of Friendship' award". Business-standard.com. Press Trust of India. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  31. ^ "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 29.01.2016 г. № 29". kremlin.ru (in Russian). 29 January 2016.
  32. ^ Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 22.09.2015 г. № 469 - О награждении государственными наградами Российской Федерации иностранных граждан [Presidential Decree of 22.09.2015, the № 469 - On conferring state awards of the Russian Federation on foreign citizens] (in Russian). Kremlin.ru. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  33. ^ Filipov, David (13 December 2016). "Analysis: What is the Russian Order of Friendship, and why does Rex Tillerson have one?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  34. ^ "Dr Rowan Williams is honoured for work on Russia". BBC. 12 March 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  35. ^ "Vladimir Putin awards Order of Friendship to Mehriban Aliyeva | Vestnik Kavkaza". vestnikkavkaza.net. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  36. ^ "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 10 февраля 2020 года № 102 «О награждении государственными наградами Российской Федерации»" [Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 10.02.2020 № 102 - "On rewarding with state awards of the Russian Federation"] (in Russian). pravo.ru. 14 February 2020.
  37. ^ "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 10.04.2017 № 160 ∙ Официальное опубликование правовых актов ∙ Официальный интернет-портал правовой информации". publication.pravo.gov.ru. Retrieved 2021-06-11.
  38. ^ Illés, Szurovecz (2021-12-30). ""Barátságért" kitüntetést kapott Szijjártó Péter az orosz külügyminisztertől". 444 (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2022-03-12.
  39. ^ https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230227-putin-decorates-us-actor-seagal-with-friendship-award

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