By Feature Editor Kim Hyung-dae
President Lee Sang-kyun of the Korea-Russia Culture and Arts Society, concurrently president of the Seoul Cyber University in Seoul, was awarded with a Pushkin Medal on March 24, 2021. The presentation was made on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of formation of diplomatic relations between Korea and Russia on March 24 this year.
Awarding the Medal, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation said, “It is a great honor for me to fulfill an honorable mission and to present the Pushkin Medal to Lee Sang-kyun, President of the Korea-Russia Culture and Arts Society, for his major contribution to the cause of promoting Russian culture and the Russian language in the Republic of Korea.”
Then he said: “We know you as an active and consistent advocate of expanded humanitarian cooperation between our two countries. You have become a worthy follower of the cause of your father, Mr. Lee Se-ung, the Honorary President of the Korea-Russia Culture and Arts Society and a great friend of Russia whom we are very happy to see in this hall together with you.”
Congratulatory remarks by Foreign Minister Lavrov follow:
“I would like to note the fact that an entire group of enthusiasts who love and are acquainted with the culture of Russia, as well as its history, customs and language, has come to be around your family.
“This facilitates greater mutual understanding and friendship between states and also at the level of civil societies and ordinary people. It is quite symbolic that you are receiving this honorary and well-deserved award at a ceremony dedicated to the opening of the Year of Mutual Exchanges between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Korea.
“The ceremony also marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries.
“Allow me to cordially congratulate you once again and to wish you and everyone present here good health, and every success in all your undertakings. All the very best.”