His Excellency Mr. Jean-Maurice Ripert, Ambassador of France to Russia, presented Andrey Filatov, Art Russe Founder, with the National Order of the Légion d'honneur, France’s highest decoration. The award ceremony took place in Russia’s first chess museum at 14 Boulevard Gogol in Moscow.

The decree conferring the title of Knight of the National Order of the Légion d'honneur to Andrey Filatov was earlier signed by the President of the French Republic, François Hollande. Andrey Filatov received the distinction for his contribution to the development of bilateral relations between Russia and France. He became the first representative of the Russian sports world to be awarded the title.

His Excellency Mr. Jean-Maurice Ripert said he was “pleased to present the award, which symbolises France’s appreciation for an individual working on the rapprochement between our countries and our peoples. The Order of the Légion d'honneur is the most prestigious award, established to reward eminent merit for the French nation, and you rightfully deserve this distinction. Your personal and professional life testifies to this.”

“This is a great honour for me”, said Andrey Filatov. “I am deeply grateful for this distinction and I am aware that it is above all a reward for projects in the field of culture and sports. Therefore, I am also very grateful to all those who were essential to the implementation of those projects: my colleagues at the Russian Chess Federation and the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the staff of the Embassy of France to Russia, representatives of the French authorities, as well as organisations that provided immense support in hosting the Alekhine Memorial in the Louvre, the chess tournament in Normandy and many other projects. This prestigious distinction rewards our work and creates a strong incentive to develop new projects in the fields of sport, culture and economy.”