On December 12, in the Kremlin, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin presented national awards for outstanding achievements in human rights and charity work.
Chairman of the National Society of People with Disabilities Mikhail Terentyev received the human rights award for 2018. The award for achievements in charity work was presented to Lev Ambinder, president of Rusfond Charity Fund for Seriously Ill Children, Orphans and Disabled Persons.
The Executive Order establishing the awards was signed more than three years ago. Since then, the President has presented them twice: in 2016, to Yelizaveta Glinka and Director of the Children’s Hospice Alexander Tkachenko; and in 2017, to Lyudmila Alekseyeva and chairman of a charity fund for children with leukaemia in the Republic of Tatarstan Vladimir Vavilov.
According to the President, public opinion, the active participation of citizens in the life of the country, an active civil society "represent a tremendous force whose importance for Russia’s steady progress and its consolidation, the consolidation of our people, is, without exaggeration, decisive".