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For the contribution to the strengthening of friendship and cooperation with Russia, the citizens of Japan and Korea were awarded
President of Russia Vladimir Putin 4 November presented state awards to foreign citizens for their contribution to strengthening friendship and cooperation with Russia, preserving and popularizing the Russian language and culture abroad. As reported on the website of the Kremlin, among the awarded - a citizen of Japan and Korea.
Thus, the Order of Friendship was awarded to a public figure and philanthropist from Japan, Yoko Nagae Cheskina, and the General Director of the Russian Cultural and Educational Center "Pushkin House" in the Republic of Korea, Son Myung Kim, was awarded the Pushkin Medal. Vladimir Putin congratulated the awardees.
“I would like to say once again that you are making a huge, really invaluable contribution to the development of relations between peoples, making your contribution to mutual relations and mutual understanding. Only with the help of culture, only with the help of literature, music, history can we help people better understand each other in order to live in peace and prosperity, "the head of the Russian state emphasized.