Kobzon came home from the hospital on the award «Faith and loyalty»

© RIA Novosti / Olesya Potapovich Kobzon. Archival photoKobzon came home from the hospital on the award «Faith and loyalty»© RIA Novosti / Olesia Potapova

People’s artist of the USSR Joseph Kobzon, undergoing treatment in a hospital, on Monday evening arrived at the ceremony to award the international prize of St. Andrew Foundation (FAP) «Faith and loyalty» in the State Kremlin Palace and opened her song «I love you, life».

Iosif Kobzon this year was 80 years old, he became one of the laureates of the award of the MOS.

«Joseph Davydovich came to us from the hospital, he is treated. He came to speak the first number, because that’s his job, and wasn’t sure that I could stay with us to receive the award. But his work was of primary importance», — said at the ceremony after the performance Kobzon, the head of the Board of Trustees of FAP Vladimir Yakunin.

Iosif Kobzon, Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the honored coach of the Russian synchronised swimming Tatyana Pokrovskaya and the famous traveler Fyodor Konyukhov protoierey become this year’s winners of the international public award «Faith and loyalty».

This was announced at the briefing before the awards ceremony at the State Kremlin Palace, the names of the laureates were announced Vladimir Yakunin. The award was presented on Monday evening for the 25th time.

As said the founders of the award, Iosif Kobzon received the award «for Patriotic citizenship, selfless and dedicated service to the art for the benefit of Russia and its people,» Sergey Lavrov «for his outstanding contribution to the preservation of the peace and security of peoples, self-sacrificing activity in the international arena on the protection of national interests of Russia», Tatyana Pokrovskaya – «for the creation of a unique national school of synchronized swimming and the outstanding global achievements of its pupils», Fedor Konyukhov – «for the creation of the heroic Russian people, the courage and fortitude of the winner.»

In addition, among the winners are the Chairman of the Union of writers of Russia Valery Ganichev («for the creation of highly artistic literary images that perpetuate examples of service to Faith and Fatherland, tireless social and educational activities»), a military reporter of the VGTRK Evgeny Poddubny («for heroism and personal courage in the performance of the professional duty of journalist») and the General Director of the company «Borisfen» Peter Kononenko («for outstanding contribution to strengthening the spiritual basis and unity of the Slavic peoples»).

Established by Andrew in 1992, the international award «for Faith and loyalty» is traditionally awarded in December at the State Kremlin Palace is, as noted in the FAP, «a symbol of recognition by the society of merit for the Fatherland».

The Committee on awards headed by pilot-cosmonaut, hero of the Soviet Union Oleg Atkov. The winners will receive a diploma, moire ribbon, signs award — «Blue star» and «Saint Apostle Andrew», hand-written icon of the Apostle.