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Winners of The “Faith and Loyalty” International Award of the Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called in 2018

In 2018 The “Faith and Loyalty” International Prize has been awarded to the following people: Yurius Trakshialis, Chairman of The Institute of Military Heritage (Lithuanian public organization); Sergey Gautier, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of The Academician V.I.Shumakov Federal Research Center of Transplantology and Artificial Organs; monk Cyprian (Burkov) with secular name of Vladimir Burkov, Hero of the Soviet Union; Anatoly Torkunov, Rector of MGIMO MFA of Russia, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Count Peter Sheremetev, editor of The Serge Rachmaninoff Russian Conservatoire of Paris, Chairman of the Russian Music Society in Paris named after Serge Rachmaninoff, Chairman of the Presidium of the International Board of Russian Compatriots; Irina Wiener-Usmanova, Hero of Labor of the Russian Federation, head coach of the Russian national team of rhythmic gymnasts, President of the All-Russian Federation of Gymnastics; Konstantin Khabensky, a charity founder, a film and theatre actor, a film director, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation.

Yurius Trakshialis

Over 18 years ago Yurius Trakshialis, a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania, founded “The Institute of Military Heritage” public organization with its mission to revive and preserve the memory about heroic acts of Russian and Soviet soldiers who were fighting and killed on the territory of present-day Lithuania.

After the tragic demolition of “the soldier in bronze” in Tallinn in 2008 Trakshialis did his best to prevent similar things from happening to buried Soviet soldiers in his country. There was a lot to do to find buried soldiers, 45,000 last names were checked. Many people found places where their relatives and friends had been buried, so they could come to commemorate their names. Over 300 monuments to soldiers of the Patriotic War 1812, WWI and Great Patriotic War have been restored.

Yurius Trakshialis uses his own means to take care of monuments to keep them in good condition. He organizes large-scale international conferences and exhibitions. He publishes books.

This remarkable man is sure that one can create peaceful future only if one remembers the hard war times, with the heroic past of those years to be the foundation for long-term friendship in the future.


Sergey Gautier


Sergey Vladimirovich Gautier was born to a family of doctors and considered this profession to be his mission in life.

As soon as he graduated from The First Medical Institute Gautier worked as a surgeon. At the end of 1980s he started working in transplantology.

Sergey Gautier was the first doctor in our country to make successful transplantations of “heart-lungs” complex, multi-organ transplantations (liver and kidney, liver and pancreas), first relative organ transplantations of liver fragments. Gautier’s patients live long and happy lives, including women who have managed to give birth to absolutely healthy children after the operation and professional sportsmen who have become champions afterwards. Only in 2017 alone The Shumakov Center of Transplantology with Academician Gautier in charge carried out over 500 transplantations of different organs.

Sergey Gautier established his scientific school. He invests a lot of efforts and power to educate specialists in transplantology, the field of high-tech medicine which is necessary to preserve our people.


Monk Cyprian (Burkov) – Valery Burkov to be the secular name, Hero of the Soviet Union

Since he was a child Valery Burkov had been dreaming of following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a military pilot. When he finished a higher military institution he flew in the Far East as an air navigator on a missile carrier aircraft of the Far East Aviation Force and he was going to join his father and go to Afghanistan to serve there. But pulmonary tuberculosis, the terrible disease, interfered with the pilot career and the trip. When a year later Burkov senior was killed in Afghanistan Valery wrote a new formal request with the following words: “I request to send me to….I would like to be worthy of my father’s name…”. A year later his request was approved.

In Afghanistan he was ordered to perform one of the most dangerous war actions – to be a forward air controller, to manage the aviation over a battlefield and to direct helicopters and planes to the ground targets under enemy fire. During an operation in the mountains at a height of 3 km captain Burkov tripped a mine. In a hospital doctors managed to keep him alive while the injured had to survive three clinical deaths. As a result, he lost his legs and had his arm severely wounded. But Valery Burkov learnt to walk without a cane, he succeeded to get his arm back to normal and managed to stay in the Army. Another thirteen years he was serving in Military Forces. He flew, jumped with a parachute, got married, had a family, raised a son.

Whether he was in the army or a civilian, Valery did his best to be useful for people. He helped the disabled, solved their problems, helped other people with deteriorated health. He did it as Advisor to President of Russia, as a deputy. At his initiative General Assembly of the UN declared December 3 as the International Day of People with Disabilities. But eventually he had another calling: in 2016 Valery Burkov became monk Cyprian. Now he says the following: “Monks’ great deeds are harder than those of others”.


Anatoly Torkunov

In 1992, twenty years after he had graduated from the faculty of international affairs, Anatoly Vasilyevich Torkunov was appointed Rector of MGIMO.

Amid the complicated transition times Torkunov managed to consolidate the higher-education teaching personnel and cope with difficulties related to poor financing. Though he received several interesting proposals for his career, Anatoly did not give up on the actions he had started and focused on reformation program for the university.

When the new millennium started, MGIMO proved to be not only the talent pool for diplomats but also the unique multi-discipline international university, the profound study and expert think tank. Anatoly Torkunov has managed to create the particular atmosphere in MGIMO that helps its graduates become people our country is proud of: broad-minded experts with profound knowledge and firm convictions, who are ready to stand up for national interests of Russia.


Peter Sheremetev

His Grace Count Peter Petrovich Sheremetev is a descendant of ancient Rurik dynasty and the Romanoffs who speaks several foreign languages since childhood and who had always felt to be a Russian person only.

Sheremetev studied in France and became a successful architect who was offered a job in many countries all over the world. As a result, at the end of 1970s Peter Sheremetev came to the Soviet Union for the first time.

Since then Peter Sheremetev visits Russia on a regular basis, following the charity traditions his ancestors had started. He has created Sheremetev culture centres in Ivanovo-Voznesensk, Nizhny Novgorod, Tomsk and Yaroslavl. He organizes concerts, festivals of church music and lectures. Also, Peter Sheremetev became a co-founder of “Girl’s Institution” in the Ivanovo region, “Arts Gallery” in Ivanovo and a Cadet School.

For 37 years already Peter Sheremetev has been Rector of The Russian Conservatoire in Paris which had been established by Shalyapin, Glazunov, Cherepnin and Grechaninov, the graduates of the Russian Emperor’s Conservatory in Saint-Petersburg.

Also, Sheremetev is a co-founder and President of the International Union of Russian Compatriots who live abroad. Today the Union represents and stans up for the rights of 40,000,000 people.

All the deeds of Peter Sheremetev are filled with the words that can represent the life motto of this remarkable person: “I try to be useful for Motherland, to be the one who I am, and to serve selflessly for the sake of Russia – just like a true patriot with 10 centuries of history behind my back”.



Irina Wiener-Usmanova

Irina became a rhythmic gymnast when she was 11 years old. She was a champion of Uzbekistan three times, Uzbekistan being the place where her family lived. After graduation of the Institute of Physical Culture she worked as a coach and trained the national Uzbekistan team of rhythmic gymnasts. In 1992 Irina became the head coach of the Centre of Olympic Training in Moscow; in 2001 she became the head coach of the national team of Russia and since then she has raised the entire pool of champions. Her famous trainees include Olympic champions and prize-winners of the Olympics such as Alina Kabayeva, Margarita Mamun, Yana Kudryavtseva, Yevgeniya Kanayeva, Yulia Barsukova, Daria Dmitriyeva, Irina Chashchina, current world and European champions like Dina and Arina Averina, as well as many other renowned rhythmic gymnasts.

Since the year 2000 within five Olympic cycles sportswomen of Irina Wiener-Usmanova take the highest place on top the awards stand both in individual performance and group exercises, winning the competitions from the Sydney Olympics to Rio-de-Janeiro Olympic Games. They also take the lead in World and European Championships for almost 20 years.

Young sportswomen call their coach “mom”. Many of them visited Irina’s home. She helped many of them to get their own place to live. No doubt, most of her trainees, after they had finished their sports career, could not leave Irina and became her colleagues to continue their collaboration. According to Irina, the key elements for a sportsperson’s success include the state of mind, the coach, the family and of course love for one’s Motherland which inspires and gives the opportunity to raise the Russian flag high above arenas of the largest world competitions.


Konstantin Khabensky

Konstantin Khabensky was born in the Northern capital. He graduated from the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema.


Khabensky succeeded in completely different roles acting on the most famous theatre stages and in films: his characters were strong and vulnerable, tragic and funny, unhappy and happy ones. Audience loved Khabensky as a symbol of our epoch. According to “Kinopoisk” internet-resource data, he became the most popular actor in Russia during the first 15 years of the XXI century.


In 2010 Konstantin Khabensky created 11 artistic workshops for gifted children and teenagers who had been dreaming of acting in theatre and films. Each of the workshops united hundreds young talents.

In 2008 Khabensky founded a charity to help children with brain tumor. Along with his team Khabensky gives hope to the children and their parents and, what’s most important, they gain confidence that they will not be abandoned in such a hard moment.

This year the charity has about 700 children to take care of. And over 7,000 families have already received different kind of support.

According to the founder, primarily the charity is necessary for providing such a simple thing like a person’s faith in people.


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