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Vladimir Putin Awards Russian State Medal to Mstislav Rostropovich
Russian President Vladimir Putin has honored Mstislav Rostropovich with the Order of Service to the Fatherland, First Degree. The head of state signed a decree on Monday paying tribute to the cellist and conductor for his "outstanding contribution to the development of world music and many years of creative activity," according to the Associated Press.
Rostropovich, who celebrates his 80th birthday one month from today, was admitted to a Moscow hospital earlier this month. Two Russian newspapers reported that he is a patient at the country's premiere cancer clinic, though his spokesperson has not confirmed any details whatsoever relating to his illness.