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Russian Orthodox Church gives award to Putin for making country "powerful and strong"

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Russian Orthodox Church gives award to Putin for making country "powerful and strong"

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The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has presented President Putin with an award for his policies intended to make Russia a leading world power.

The Patriarch of Moscow said the prize was to honour Putin’s efforts to turn Russia into “a powerful and strong country that has self-respect and is respected by others”.

The award was established earlier this year by the World Russian People’s Council, an organisation linked to the Church.