Russian artists, scientist, ex-Deputy of the state Duma and the President of the International Sambo Federation was awarded one of the highest awards Japan Order of the rising sun.

This order of seniority is second only to the chrysanthemum, which is awarded only to members of the Imperial family, the crowned heads of other countries and heads of States as well as the Order of the Paulownia flowers.

The decision of the government, which publishes the newspaper Mainichi, stated that in honor of the Day of culture Order of the rising sun awarded by the rector of the Petersburg University Nikolay Kropachev, the Chairman of the arts Council of ballet troupe of the Bolshoi theatre Boris Akimov whistleblower “crooks” of the “United Russia”, ex-the Deputy of the state Duma Boris Reznik, the national actor of the USSR, ballet dancer and choreographer Vladimir Vasiliev and President of the International Sambo Federation Vasily Shestakov.

The order of the rising sun was established in Tokyo in 1875, and until 2003 was awarded only to men. This award was for about 50 citizens of the USSR and Russia – mostly figures of science, art, researchers in Japan. Among them musicians Mstislav Rostropovich and Valery Gergiev, the composer Robert Christmas, President of the State Museum of fine arts (GMII) Pushkin Irina Antonova and the Director of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky, the Director Yury Lyubimov and kinorezhiser Alexander Sokurov, animator Yuri Norstein, ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, writer Boris Akunin, researcher grammar of the Japanese language Ivan Golovnin.

The first Russian to be awarded this order, were Ivan Zarubin – mechanic armored frigate “Pallada”, wrecked 28 September 1914 a German submarine and sunk about 19 km from the Japanese Hanko. No 598 crew members survived. Also, this award was presented to captain 1-St rank on the legendary cruiser “Varyag” to rear Admiral Vsevolod Rudnev.

Just this year, in total, the Japanese government awarded 4151 people, including a record number of foreigners – 96 from 48 countries, notes TASS. In Tokyo felt that they made the greatest contribution to world culture, science and sports movement, as well as to the development of relations of their countries with Japan.

Five Russians awarded the Japanese Order of the rising sun 03.11.2016

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