Sunday, August 31, 2014


Kremlin announcement --

The President of the Republic of Belarus, Chairman of the Supreme State Council of the Union State of Russia and Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has been awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky for his great personal contribution to the development of traditional friendly ties between Russia and Belarus, to deepening bilateral cooperation in the political, defence, economic and social spheres.

Among Alexander Nevsky's titles are Grand Prince of Kiev. He also cut deals with Russia's eastern neighbours at the expense of good relations with the west.

Vladimir Putin never misses an opportunity to send a message, in this case using an award that goes back to Catherine I.