The ex-mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov, who came to the Kremlin on awarding the order “For merits before Fatherland of IV degree”, said he considers the award a sign of the end of the disgrace into which it has been for the past few years.
photo: Natalia Gubernatorova
Yuri Luzhkov with his wife Yelena Baturina
Luzhkov told the journalist Dmitry Smirnov that his award had learned even before the formal announcement about this in the media: “I got a call from the administration (the President — ed.) are good people and said, congratulated”.
“Any award is a great joy. I think this reward are linked, and some such moments are moral and ethical,” commented giving him awards Luzhkov.
Luzhkov noted that the wording with which he was dismissed in 2010 by then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in connection with loss of trust” — is not compatible with his current award. “It’s very important for me, for my attitude sign. Not just rewarding the very high government award, but also the return from such a state, where I stayed for several years”, — said the former mayor.
— Dmitry Smirnov (@dimsmirnov175) 22 Sep 2016.
We will remind that on Wednesday, Luzhkov was 80 years old. The presidential award he received with the words “For active public activities”.
He already is a knight and the other degrees of the order “For merits before Fatherland”: the first, in 2006, “for outstanding contribution to strengthening Russian statehood and socio-economic development of the city” and the second, in 1995, “for merits before the state, his great personal contribution to the implementation of reforms aimed at restructuring the economy of the city, the successful holding of works on reconstruction of the historical centre of the capital, the restoration of churches, construction of the memorial Victory complex on Poklonnaya hill”.
Read the interview Luzhkov MK.