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YEREVAN, October 5 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev has become the first holder of Armenia’s new state Order of Glory, Armenia’s presidential press service reported on Wednesday.
Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan said in his decree of October 4 that Dmitry Medvedev is decorated with the order “for his big personal input in strengthening of traditionally friendly relations between the peoples of Armenia and Russia, deepening and expanding of strategic partnership relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Russian Federation, as well as for keeping peace and international security.”
The Order of Glory is awarded for outstanding contribution to the strengthening and development of interstate relations, peace and international security, human rights and fundamental liberties, and activities aimed at the enhancement and development of economic ties, preservation of spiritual and cultural values.
The Order of Glory in conferred on the leaders of foreign states and governments, heads of international organizations, religious leaders.
The order is gilded Maltese cross, which bears the Republic of Armenia’s state emblem. Like most state orders of Armenia, it is produced at the St. Petersburg mint. The basis of the Order of Glory repeats France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour.
Initially, Armenia used the Order of Honour, which was adopted in 2000, but following introduction of the Order of Glory, its statute was changed, and now the country decorates its citizens with the order, too.