State award ceremony taking place at Kremlin
MOSCOW. Nov 21 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is bestowing state awards for outstanding achievements in culture, medicine, sports and manufacturing at the Kremlin's St. Catherine Hall on Thursday.
Most of the recipients are well known in Russia.
Thus, the Star of the Hero of Russia has been given to Damir Yusupov and Georgy Murzin, the captain and co-pilot of a Ural Airlines plane which safely crash-landed in a cornfield outside Moscow in September of this year.