Tatu to run for a national Order of Friendship

Time of publication: 16.11.2005 (17:08)
A controversial lawmaker from the ultra-nationalist LDPR party proposed Wednesday to award singers from the world-famous pop duo Tatu with Orders of Friendship.

"I request that the committee on culture reviews the possibility of awarding singers from the world-famous Tatu pop group with Orders of Friendship," member of LDPR faction in the State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, Alexei Mitrofanov said during a plenary session.

In his opinion, the singers, who have topped the charts all over the world, deserved the state honors and he urged deputies to support his initiative. The Order of Friendship is awarded to figures who have made a substantial contribution to strengthening ties with other countries.

"Yulia Volkova and Eelena Katina have visited dozens of countries and have given thousands of interviews to the media," said Mitrofanov. "Even Prince Charles swore he would learn Russian before TV cameras during a meeting with them."

Source: RIA News
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