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Grachya Pogosyan awarded with the mark of distinction “For beneficence”

On September 5,  St. Petersburg philanthropist, President of the Charity Fund Grachya Pogosyan was awarded with the state award  the mark of distinction “For beneficence”. The award was signed by Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin on August 9, 2019.
The award ceremony took place in the assembly hall of Smolny. Representatives of various professions of the city, who made a significant contribution to the prosperity of St. Petersburg, gathered here.
Acting Governor Alexander Beglov handed over the awards on behalf of the President of Russia.
     Petersburg is rich in talented people. You are our most important asset. Not by words, but by deed and attitude towards people, you show how a man should live, how a man should love our country and our city, which we all serve. I am proud that such people live in our city,  said Alexander Dmitrievich in his words.
He presented the state awards of the Russian Federation and encouragements of President of the Russian Federation to the best Petersburgers for their labor achievements, long-term conscientious work and courageous deeds to loud applause from the audience.
    Grachya Misakovich Pogosyan was the only one in St. Petersburg awarded this year with the mark of distinction “For beneficence” and the thirtieth person according to Wikipedia. Since 2012 this award has been presented for active work in the field of charity and social activities, the result of which is an increase in the moral development of citizens, etc.
 
Having received the award, Grachya Pogosyan expressed his gratitude to the President of Russia Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin for the confidence given as well as to the temporarily in charge governor of the city, Alexander Dmitrievich Beglov, for high appreciation of his work. He especially noted the support of the St. Petersburg society the “Residents of the besieged Leningrad” and the public organization of the Leningrad war and military service veterans  brothers in arms in implementation of many of his projects as well as constant support. And then he congratulated all the awarded with such a high appraisal at a state level.  
 
It is worth noting some symbolism in the fact that the award coincided with a holiday  International Charity Day, celebrated exactly on September the 5th.
 
After the awarding ceremony, a celebratory banquet was organized by Grachya Pogosyan. Friends and family members, colleagues and honored guests came to congratulate him. Among them, the head of the representative office of the Russian Foreign Ministry in St. Petersburg, Vladimir Zapevalov; Advisor to the Vice Governor of St. Petersburg Arfeniy Ter-Minasov; Advisor to the Deputy Secretary General of the IPA CIS Hayk Chilingaryan; Deputy commander of the Western military district Valery Kuznetsov; deputy Commander of the troops of the Leningrad Military District from 1998 to 2006, Lieutenant General Vyacheslav Sukharev; Major General of Justice Lyudmila Kuleshova; Chairman of the society “Residents of the besieged Leningrad” Elena Tikhomirova; Chairman of the Society of Leningrad War Veterans and Military Service Veterans Vasily Gladyshin; Abkhazian military leader and politician, chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Abkhazia (2003-2010), Colonel General Anatoly Zaitsev; grandson of the famous marshal of the Soviet Union L.A. Govorov  Leonid Govorov; Director of the Military History Museum of Artillery, Engineering and Signal Corps Vladimir Krylov; First Vice-President of the North-West Branch of the Cosmonautics Federation of Russia Oleg Mukhin; one of the compilers of the “Who is who in St. Petersburg” guide Yuri Svetov; Honorary Citizen of St. Petersburg and Honored Teacher of Russia  Larisa Listova; clergy of the Russian Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic Churches  church warden of the Cathedral of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God Ivan Raevsky, Hieromonk Pogos Vardanyan, the spiritual pastor of the Armenians of St. Petersburg and the North-West region  as well as many others were also among the guests.
 
Grachya Misakovich Pogosyan began his charity work more than 20 years ago. And more than 100 objects of spiritual, cultural and historical significance were established (restored, renovated) over these years on his initiative and at his own expense: 36 monuments were dedicated to the heroes and events of World War II, a dozen of books and magazines, as well as documentaries of various subjects, have been published, 19 monuments and memorial plates were opened on the territory of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region. He also touched on the 1000-year history of Russia and Armenia.
 
On the whole, the good deeds realized by Grachya Pogosyan and his charity foundation cover almost all spheres of our life and are carried out with the blessing of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill; Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II. His work was highly appreciated at various levels of government, both in Russia and in other countries where his projects were implemented. Grachya Pogosyan was awarded with various departmental and public awards. He has the highest award of the Armenian Apostolic Church as well as medals and orders of various degrees of the Russian Orthodox Church. 
His extensive charity work was worthy presented in the form of photo exhibitions, which took place in January 2017 in the Tauride Palace of St. Petersburg under the name “NINE YEARS, NINE COUNTRIES AND HUNDREDS OF GOOD STORIES” with the support of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS member states, dedicated to the anniversary of the complete lifting of the fascist blockade of Leningrad; in June 2017, in the “House of Moscow” in Yerevan under the name “WITH LOVE FOR ARMENIA AND RUSSIA”, with the support of the Embassy of Russia in Armenia and the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia, dedicated to the Day of Russia and long-term friendship between the Armenian and Russian peoples; in November 2018 in the State Duma of the Russian Federation in the city of Moscow, under the name “MEMORY THROUGH TIME”, dedicated to the Day of National Unity, with the support of the State Duma Committee on Labor, Social Policy and Veterans Affairs and the “Veteranskiye vesti” (“Veterans News”) News Agency. Deputies of all Duma factions took part in the opening ceremony.  
Now his charity work covers 13 countries: Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, Mongolia, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Kazakhstan, France, Israel.



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