Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram to sculptor, USSR national artist, Russian Academy of Arts Vice-President Lev Kerbel, congratulating him on his 85th birthday, reported the Russian president's press service.
The telegram reads in particular: "The contemporary of a whole epoch in the country's life, you have preserved for future generations the memory of its heroes, most important events and dates. Your remarkable works embodied the picturesque characters of many outstanding figures. Now these monumental works are rightfully considered an inalienable part of our national artistic legacy."
Russia will complete the operation of the Soyuz booster rocket already in 2019. It goes about the booster, which Russia currently uses for manned space flights to the International Space Station