Fact Check: 2019 Report Of PM Modi Receiving Russia’s Highest Civilian Honour Resurfaces As Recent

Amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, several social media users are sharing a post claiming Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received Russia’s highest civilian award – Order of St Andrew the Apostle.

The post in Malayalam reads: “റഷ്യയുടെ പരമോന്നത ബഹുമതി ആയ ‘ഓർഡർ ഓഫ് സെയിന്റ് ആണ്ടു ഇന്ത്യയുടെ പ്രധാന മന്ത്രി നരേന്ദ്ര മോദിക്ക് ഈ പുരസ്കാരം നേടുന്ന ആദ്യ ഭാരതീയൻ ആണ് നരേന്ദ്ര മോദി.” (English translation as done by Google, “Narendra Modi is the first Indian to receive this award from Russia”s highest honour, the Order of Saints, the Prime Minister of India.”)

The link to the post can be seen here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be misleading.
We ran a search with the appropriate keywords and found a report published by The Times Of India on April 12, 2019, according to which “Moscow had awarded Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Russia’s highest state decoration, Order of St Andrew, for exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries.”
Bloomberg Quint had also reported about the event on April 12, 2019.
On April 12, 2019, Russian Embassy in India also Tweeted about PM Modi being decorated with the Order of St Andrew the Apostle. The Tweet read, “On April 12, Narendra Modi was decorated with the Order of St Andrew the Apostle for exceptional services in promoting special & privileged strategic partnership between and friendly relations between the Russian and Indian peoples.”
Hence, with the findings, it can be established that the post in circulation is pertains to an event which happened in 2019 and is being shared with a misleading context.

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