The award ceremony of the State Prize of the Russian Federation 2018 took place in the Georgievsky Hall of the Kremlin on June 12. Among the winners of the award are member of the Ethnographic Commission of the Russian Geographical Society, full member of the Russian Geographical Society Vitaly Naumkin and director of the Kenozersky National Park Elena Shatkovskaya. The prize was presented to laureates by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Vitaly Naumkin was awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation in the field of science and technology for his outstanding contribution to Oriental studies (Arabic and Islamic studies). In turn, Elena Shatkovskaya was awarded a prestigious award in the field of literature and art for her contribution to the preservation of Russia's historical, cultural and natural heritage.
Vitaly Vyacheslavovich Naumkin - Doctor of Historical Sciences, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Scientific Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His scientific research makes a significant contribution to the development of the social and human sciences, especially Russian oriental studies. Vitaly Naumkin is widely known in our country and abroad as a researcher of Arabic and Soqotri languages. He collected and translated into Russian a large number of Soqotri texts, providing them with deep and interesting commentaries relating to the everyday life, political and religious life of the Socotrans. Vitaly Naumkin discovered in the archives and introduced unknown and little-known documents into the scientific circulation, in the context of which the historical events of the past and the present receive new, sometimes unexpected coverage.
Elena Flegontovna Shatkovskaya - Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation (2013), the first and only director of the Kenozersky National Park, located in the south-western part of the Arkhangelsk region at the junction of the Plesetsk and Kargopol administrative regions. Monuments of the Neolithic era, Medvezhiy Ostrov 1 and Kositsyno 2, related to the Kargopol archaeological culture (2nd half of the 4th millennium BC), were found on the territory of the Kenozerye. On the territory of the park, more than 40 monuments of wooden architecture of the Russian North of the XVIII - beginning of the XX century are preserved, restored and accessible to residents and guests. The Kenozersky Park was included into the World Network of Biosphere Reserves of UNESCO in 2004 on the initiative of Elena Shatkovskaya, and Elena has been a candidate for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2014.
State Prize of the Russian Federation is a prize awarded by the President of the Russian Federation since 1992. The award is presented annually for outstanding achievements in the field of science and technology, literature and art and humanitarian activities. Composer Rodion Shchedrin, pianist Nikolay Lugansky, writer Pavel Basinsky, surgeons Vladimir Porkhanov, Vladimir Parshin and Vladimir Kharchenko, as well as scientists Valery Mitrofanov, Vladislav Pustovoit and Efim Khazanov also became its owners this year.