Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko and presidential aide Igor Levitin presented state awards to the silver and bronze medalists of the Beijing Winter Olympics, TASS reports. The award ceremony took place today, April 26, in the Kremlin.
Irina Avvakumova, Irma Makhinya, Evgeny Klimov and Danil Sadreev (all ski jumping), Ruslan Zakharov, Daniil Aldoshkin and Sergey Trofimov (all speed skating), Timur Bilyalov, Alexander Samonov, Alexander Nikishin, Sergey Telegin, Damir Sharipzyanov, Vladimir Tkachev, Vadim Shipachev, Vyacheslav Voinov, Stanislav Galiev, Artur Kayumov, Arseniy Gritsyuk, Kirill Semyonov, Nikita Gusev, Alexander Yelesin (everyone is hockey), Ilya Burov, Sergey Ridzik ( both freestyle), Semyon Elistratov, Konstantin Ivliev (both short track), Irina Kazakevich, Svetlana Mironova, Ulyana Nigmatullina, Kristina Reztsova (all biathlon), Alexandra Trusova (figure skating), Ivan Yakimushkin (cross-country skiing).
The winners of the bronze medals of the Olympics were awarded medals of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, second degree, including Vic Wilde (snowboarding), Angelina Golikova (skating), Tatyana Ivanova (luge), Eduard Latypov, Alexander Loginov and Karim Khalili (all – biathlon), Anastasia Smirnova (freestyle) and Alexander Terentiev (cross-country skiing).
In addition, biathlete Maxim Tsvetkov, who became a bronze medalist, received a medal of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, first degree, and figure skaters Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, who won silver medals, received medals of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, second degree.