The ceremony was held after
Paulo Bezerra de Azavedo has translated into Portuguese more than three dozen works of Russian literature, from Dostoevsky to Solzhenitsyn. For many years he taught Russian in major Brazilian universities.
Galina Shevchuk has lived in Brazil since 1964, and is artistic director of the choir Melody, an outfit dubbed one of the most noteworthy features of Russian community life in the state of Sao Paulo.
Medvedev stressed that not only economic relations link the two countries, but also ties in the cultural and humanitarian spheres.
Voice of Russia, TASS