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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Medal for Neizvestny

MOSCOW () -- President Boris Yeltsin on Tuesday ordered former Soviet dissident sculptor Ernst Neizvestny be awarded the Services to the Fatherland order of the third class, Interfax reported the president's press service as saying.

The award coincides with Neizvestny's 70th birthday, the agency said.

Yeltsin also sent a letter to Neizvestny, saying the sculptor's works "have long been ranked with the creations of the great sculptors of the past."