Patriarch Kirill Matvienko presented the signs of the honourable citizen of Petersburg

© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikova in fotoreceptor of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko and Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. Archival photoPatriarch Kirill Matvienko presented the signs of the honourable citizen of Petersburg© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikovite the image Bank

The speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko and Patriarch Kirill received the insignia of honorary citizen of St. Petersburg in the Legislative Assembly of the Northern capital, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

The candidacy of Matvienko nominated public organization «Citizens of blockade Leningrad», the Council of rectors of St. Petersburg — the nomination of the Patriarch. Also among the candidates was the choreographer Boris Eifman, the singer Edita, Director Alexander Sokurov, mathematician mark Bashmakov, honored coach of Russia Elena Lozko, physicist Mikhail Miroshnikov, neurosurgeon Boris Rachkov, President of the Union of Industrialists and entrepreneurs of St. Petersburg Anatoly Turchak.

«The people we are today given the insignia of Honorary citizen of St. Petersburg, are among our most distinguished contemporaries. They are the creators of Russian history, the history of the world. Their names are known and respected not only in our country but throughout the world. His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill – a shepherd of great strength of mind… Valentina Matvienko is one of the most famous women in the world. Her professionalism, vast managerial experience, the ability to bring the complex case to the result, great performance, creative energy and tremendous responsibility has won the respect and esteem of the people of Leningrad, St. Petersburg and all Russian citizens», — said at the ceremony speaker of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg Vyacheslav Makarov.

The ceremony was attended by St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko, members of the Federation Council and the government, deputies, representatives of the clergy, judge of the constitutional court, public figures and honorary citizens of St. Petersburg. The sign is a piece of granite of the fortress in a silver wreath formed by two branches of Laurel disposed at its circumference with small cubic Zirconia.

Honorary citizen of St. Petersburg — the honorary title, awarded for the big contribution to culture, science, the economy of St. Petersburg. Assigned once a year before the celebration of the founding of St. Petersburg on may 27. Candidates for the rank of the honourable citizen of St.-Petersburg making the Governor, the President of the city Parliament, public associations and organizations, or other honorary citizens of the city. From this list of candidates the city Parliament approves two. The title was launched in 1993, and today it is worn 39.