RUSSIA AWARDS 2 MACEDONIANS
Russian Ambassador to Macedonia Vladimir Solotsinsky on behalf of the Federation President presented the prestigious Medal of Aleksandr Pushkin to Maksim Karanfilovski - Dean of Skopje Faculty of Philology, and Ivan Popovski - Macedonian Culture Ambassador to Russia and director at the Moscow Theater 'Masterskaya P.N.Fomenko'.
Karanfilovski and Popovski are being awarded for their contribution to boosting the Russian-Macedonian cooperation and promotion of the Russian culture.
It is conventional to say that such recognition is bringing more responsibility. All of my life I have been working motivated by my love for Macedonia, Russia and other countries, contributing to the development of cultural, scientific ties and bringing the nations together. I'll keep doing it as my love is not fading away but growing stronger, Karanfilovski said.
The award is especially significant for Popovski as it bears the name of his favorite writer Aleksandr Pushkin.
Such awards present yet another contribution to further development of the good bilateral relations, particularly in the spheres of culture and education, Culture Minister Elizabeta Kanceska-Milevska said at the awarding ceremony.
Two Macedonian academicians - Milan Gjurcinov and Gane Todorovski respectively - are also this year recipients of the Pushkin Medal. Their awarding ceremony took place on February 2.
Both ceremonies are part of the observance of the 15th anniversary of the establishment of Russian-Macedonian diplomatic ties.
The Pushkin Medal, given by the Russian government, recognizes extraordinary contributions to Russia in the sphere of Russian culture and education. Established in 1999 by (former) Russian President Boris Yeltsin, the award commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Pushkin.