Receivers of the Honorary Gold Badge of Public Recognition, established by an eponymous foundation, were named in Moscow Thursday. This year's winners are presidential envoy to the Southern Federal District, Victor Kazantsev, elder statesman and member of the State Duma Yevgeny Primakov, Federal Border Guard Service Director Konstantin Totsky, First Deputy Director of the FSB domestic security service Vladimir Pronichev, member of the State Duma Nikolai Ryzhkov, Secretary General of the Russian Journalists' Union Igor Yakovenko, and a range of known executives and academics. The annual public prize will this year be given for a sixth time in a row. All told, some 300 individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to their respective professional fields have received the prize in the past.
Russian small missile ships - the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Great Ustyug - set off for a mission to the Mediterranean Sea
President Vladimir Putin has not released an official statement yet about his position on the issue of the pension reform in Russia