Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the order of Friendship of the Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica. The decree on awarding was published on the official website of legal information.

“For significant contribution to strengthening friendship and cooperation between peoples, the preservation and promotion of Russian language and culture abroad award the order of Friendship of Emir Kusturica – Director of the limited liability company “Rasta international” citizen of the Republic of Serbia”, – stated in the decree of the President.

Emir Kusturica directed the film “Black cat, white cat”, “life is a miracle”, “the Covenant”. His paintings are award-winning major film festivals, including two “Golden palm branches” at the Cannes film festival. 61-year-old Director is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Chevalier of the French Legion of honor. In addition to working in film, Kusturica known as a member of folk rock band the No Smoking Orchestra.

In recent years, he has repeatedly spoken in support of the Russian authorities and personally President Vladimir Putin. Last year Emir Kusturica was banned from performing in Ukraine because Pro-Russian position.

In April, the press quoted the words of the Director, allegedly stating that his film “On the milky way” has not got to the program of the Cannes film festival because of his support for Putin. Later, however, Kusturica denied this information, explaining that he does not have time to finish the film by the beginning of the festival.

In addition Kusturica Putin awarded the order of Friendship citizen of the United States, the President of the company “Lerman LLS” Susan Elizabeth Lerman and citizen of China, Director of China’s state Bolshoi theater Chen ping.

Putin awarded Emir Kusturica with the order of Friendship 27.10.2016

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