Nikolay Ryzhkov awarded the title of hero of Armenia

titleMember of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Nikolay Ryzhkov awarded the title of National hero and medal of honour of the National Assembly of Armenia, reports "Interfax".The decree of the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan signed on 7 December, the day of the 20th anniversary of the Spitak earthquake of 1988.Thus were awarded for the Senator in front of the Armenian people. In 1988 Ryzhkov, who served as Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, led the rescue and recovery work after the earthquake in Armenia.Sunday Ryzhkov arrived in the country as part of the Russian delegation to participate in the ceremonies, in particular the opening of the monument to the victims of the earthquake. Telegram with the words of sympathy and sorrow was sent by the President and Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin.The earthquake of 7 December 1988, completely destroyed the city of Spitak in the North of Armenia. The strength of the quake in the city was 10 points, in Leninakan (now Gyumri, Armenia) - 9 points, Kirovakan (now Vanadzor) - 8 points.According to official figures, the earthquake has killed 25 thousand, 140 thousand were wounded and about 500 thousand people lost their homes. Source: Nikolay Ryzhkov awarded the title of hero of Armenia.



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