ORDER OF ST ANDREW THE APOSTLE (Syllabus: GS Paper 1 – Awards)

News-CRUX-10     10th July 2024        

Context: In recognition of his efforts to strengthen bilateral relations, the Prime Minister of India has been awarded Russia’s highest state honor, the ‘Order of St Andrew the Apostle’.

Order of St Andrew the Apostle

  • About: It is the highest state decoration of Russia, established by Peter the Great, the first Emperor of Russia, around 1699.

o This makes it the oldest of Russia’s state decorations.

  • Abolishment and Re-establishment: The order was abolished in 1918 following the Russian Revolution and was later re-established in 1998 by an Executive Order of the President of Russia.
  • Purpose of the Award: This prestigious award is presented to outstanding politicians, public figures, and other citizens of Russia for exceptional services that contribute to the prosperity, might, and glory of the country.
  • Components of the Award: It includes a badge, a star, and a light blue silk moire ribbon.

o For those recognised for distinction in combat, the badge and star are adorned with swords.

  • Notable Recipients

o Former President of Azerbaijan:

o First President of Kazakhstan:

o President of China

o Prime Minister of India is the first Indian leader to be conferred with this prestigious award.