OREANDA-NEWS. December 26, 2012. Vladimir Putin presented orders, medals and honorary title certificates to outstanding Russians.

The ceremony for presenting state decorations was traditionally held at the Kremlin's St Catherine hall.

Orders, medals and certificate conferring honorary titles have been awarded to prominent figures from the culture and arts world, education professionals, scientists, lawyers, skilled labour workers and representatives of other professions.

In particular, the medal For Courage has been awarded to Rossiya TV channel employees. According to the President, their courage, honest and fair coverage of the events made it possible for millions of people to learn the truth about the Middle East hot spots.

The Order of Honour has been awarded to the Russian Investigative Committee’s officers for investigating a number of complex criminal cases, including corruption-related cases.

About 40 state decorations have been awarded.