Putin awarded billionaire Yuri Kovalchuk with the Order of Merit for the Fatherland
Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded businessman Yuri Kovalchuk the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, IV degree.
Kovalchuk received an award “for his great contribution to the implementation of socially significant projects in the Republic of Crimea.”
In addition, Putin awarded Anna Kuznetsova, an empowered child rights officer, with the Order of Friendship.
Investigator Roman Vidyukov, who was in charge of the affairs of the former Minister of Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev and the former head of the Serpukhov District Alexander Shestun, also received the medal of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, II degree .
Yuri Kovalchuk is the main shareholder of Rossiya Bank; Forbes estimates his fortune at US $ 3.3 billion. Kovalchuk has been closely acquainted with Putin since the 1990s; he is one of the co-founders of the Ozero dacha cooperative.