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Presentation of Russian Federation National Awards

June 12, 2017, The Kremlin, Moscow

On Russia Day, Vladimir Putin presented the 2016 Russian Federation National Awards for outstanding achievements in science and technology, literature and the arts, and humanitarian work.

The 2016 Russian Federation National Award in science and technology has been awarded to:

Yury Baturin, Vladimir Bogdanov and Anatoly Nuryayev for the creation of rational systems for the development of oil, oil-and-gas and gas-and-oil fields in Western Siberia;

Amiran Revishvili, Alexander Karaskov and Yevgeny Pokushalov for scientific substantiation and introduction into clinical practice of a new concept for reducing morbidity and mortality among patients with heart rhythm abnormalities;

Nikolai Shakura and Rashid Sunyaev for developing a black hole accretion disk theory.

The 2016 Russian Federation National Award in literature and the arts has been awarded to:

Eduard Artemyev for his contribution to the development of Russian and global music;

Yury Grigorovich for his contribution to the development of Russian and global ballet;

Mikhail Piotrovsky for his contribution to the preservation of the national and world cultural heritage.

The 2016 Russian Federation National Award for Outstanding Achievements in Humanitarian Activity has been awarded to Daniil Granin. The ceremony for presenting the national award to Daniil Granin took place earlier, on June 3 in St Petersburg.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Laureates, friends,

Congratulations to you and all Russian citizens on Russia Day.

Today, by tradition, we hold the National Awards ceremony. This is always a special and memorable event, for we honour extraordinary, wonderful and truly outstanding people. Their brilliant achievements are a great contribution to our country and they deserve public recognition.

The scientific and cultural communities have a lot in common. They share an ambition to understand the world and to bring about its harmonious transformation. Science and culture unlock the boundless potential of human beings and humanity in general; they cultivate the values of patriotism, dignity, freedom, honour and decency in society.

Science has played a huge role in Daniil Granin’s life and writing career. His books on the lives of scientists, their breakthroughs and moral quest, have become classics of Russian literature and, along with his journalistic and educational work, they have had a great impact on the worldview of entire generations, and fostered in them the ideals of justice, humanism and compassion. Mr Granin is being recognised for his outstanding cultural achievements. He received his prize on June 3 in St Petersburg.

Dear friends, Peter the Great offered a definition of culture and scientific discovery that has stayed with us forever. He said, “Once the Fatherland is secure and protected from enemies, we must achieve glory through the arts and science.” This year’s winners have fully realised their gifts and talents, and have affirmed their noble mission of service to society and the public.

Their commitment to their work paved the way for the successful cooperation of the creators of the unique hydrodynamic models that laid the foundation for the efficient systems used to develop West Siberian deposits.

The visionary behind their creation, Doctor of Engineering Yury Baturin, has been working on this subject since the beginning of the region’s exploration. Vladimir Bogdanov, Doctor of Economics, has been heading Surgutneftegas for more than 30 years. He and his deputy Anatoly Nuryayev have been actively involved in scientific research as well. The results of their work have made a significant contribution to the advancement of energy-saving technologies and to the development of Russia’s strategic raw materials capacity in general.

Friends, we have a popular saying: “A born doctor.” This is a testament to the high level of knowledge, professionalism, and competence of a doctor, their care and empathy for patients. For our laureates Amiran Revishvili, Akexander Karaskov and Yevgeny Pokushalov, selfless service to people is the guiding principle of their lives. They are internationally renowned scientists, leaders in modern arrhythmology and cardiology, medical theoreticians and practising surgeons. Their mission is to fight a widespread, live-threatening ailment – cardiac arrhythmia. Dr Revishvili said in one of his interviews that you need to be 100% accurate in hitting the target when identifying the causes of complex arrhythmia. The proven diagnostic methods resulting from the work of our award winners have brought us closer to achieving this goal and saving the lives of thousands of people, hundreds of thousands of people.

Black holes and neutron stars are the field of research of Russian Academy of Sciences member Rashid Sunyaev and Doctor of Physics and Mathematics Nikolai Shakura. They chose this field of astrophysics more than 40 years ago and, as young scientists, developed a theory that brought them international renown. They made their discovery even before the advent of X-ray astronomy. The phenomena predicted by our award winners have been confirmed by extremely powerful orbital observatories and ground-based telescopes. It is difficult to disagree with Mr Sunyaev that we are living in a time that rivals the era of the great geographical discoveries. The only difference is that modern scientists are making their way to the unknown on the scale of the entire universe.

Dear friends, each of you has your own extraordinary story in science or the arts. You have often followed untrodden paths in pursuit of your calling and talent, overcoming all difficulties and proving that you can reach the summits of intellectual and artistic achievement.

Composer Eduard Artemyev is one of the founders of a new direction in electronic music. Being a pioneer is always difficult. Such people face many obstacles, but the Mr Artemyev’s dedication and artistic courage won out over more established approaches to art. Today he is a recognised master, an explorer of electronic music. He is called an architect and poet of sound. Eduard Artemyev is the author of works diverse in both style and genre, including music for films and stage productions. He has worked with the most famous directors around.

Yury Grigorovich burst into the art world with striking and original ballet productions. Freedom has always been important for him and he managed to achieve it through his remarkable talent and tremendous work. His groundbreaking ballet productions are truly perfect. We have all grown up watching them. Mr Grigorovich represents an entire era, and not only in national choreography. He and his art have made a significant contribution to the development of world ballet.

The National Award was presented to Mikhail Piotrovsky, whose name, personality, guiding principles and cultural code are inseparable from the Hermitage. However, scholars know Mr Piotrovsky as a respected expert in Arab studies, an Orientalist. Despite an extremely busy schedule, he finds time for research in the field. Mikhail Piotrovsky, as he acknowledges, takes a conservative approach in his work. For instance, if works of modern world art are exhibited in the Hermitage, they are shown only in combination with acknowledged classics, but this does not prevent the museum from being innovative and integrating the latest technologies. Mr Piotrovsky strongly believes that the Hermitage is a symbol of Russia’s openness. This is the special mission of this great museum, whose development its director has done so much for.

Dear friends, I would like to sincerely thank every one of you and offer you my heartfelt congratulations on becoming laureates of the National Award.

Good luck to you!


Vladimir Putin: Dear friends,

As you may know, there are three types science: applied, fundamental and theoretical. However, one of your colleagues present here in the hall recently reminded me of something very interesting. In fact, all science is applied; it is just that the application of the results of so-called fundamental science by humanity is delayed for quite a long time until people know what to do with the scientific discoveries.

Almost all of our laureates spoke of the future to some extent today. However, the future is created today by the efforts of all of our people and by leaders like today’s winners in each of the fields that they represent so brilliantly.

Thank you very much.

June 12, 2017, The Kremlin, Moscow