The Russians received a high award for their contribution to world culture.
The legendary ballerina Maya Plisetskaya and the general director of the Bolshoi Theater Anatoly Iksanov will be awarded the French Order of the Legion of Honor. In addition, Russian director Pavel Lungin was presented to the high award. Lungin himself believes that this was due to his collaboration with French cinema.
Regarding the awarding of Plisetskaya and Iksanova, the head of the press service of the French Embassy in Moscow, Tom Buffen, said: “The decision was made by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in connection with the great contribution of Mr. Iksanov and Mrs. Plisetskaya to world culture.”“As for Maya Plisetskaya, it’s surprising that so far she hasn’t had this award,” the Twitter users immediately commented on the event.