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Putin Honors Birthday Boy Medvedev With Order for Service to the Fatherland

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev with the Order for Service to the Fatherland, according to a decree published on the government's official documents website.

Medvedev has been decorated “for outstanding service to the state, [and] a great contribution to the social and economic development of the Russia Federation,” according to the decree, published Wednesday.

The decree was signed on Sept. 14, but published a month later, according to the government website.

Medvedev, 50, celebrated his birthday on Sept. 14.

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