The Order of St Andrew is the highest order in Russia that was established by Peter the Great in 1698 and reintroduced by President Yeltsin in 1998.
Since then fifteen people became members for promoting prosperity, grandeur and glory of Russia.
Ordinary russians know only eight of them.
Here are the chevaliers of Russian Federation:
Gorbachev Michael Sergeevich – President of USSR
Nazarbaev Nursultan Abishevich- President of Kazakhstan
Aliev Geidar Alirza ogly- President of Azerbaijan
Ridiger Alexey Mikhailovich – Patriarch of Moscow
Kalashnikov Michael Timofeevich – weapons designer
Shumakov Valery Ivanovich – doctor
Petrovsky Boris Vasilevich – doctor
Lihachev Dmitry Sergeevich – writer
Gamzatov Rasul Gamzatovich – writer
Alieva Fazu Gamzatovna – writer
Zykina Ludmila Georgievna – musician
Arhipova Irina Konstaninovna – musician
Mihalkov Sergey Vladimirovich – musician
Granin Daniil Alexandrovich – musician
Solzhenitsyn Aleksandr Isaevich – writer (refused the award)
Stand At Ease!