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Russian Jew Receives Legion of Honor

A Russian Jewish leader has been awarded France’s Legion of Honor in recognition of his contribution to culture and the media.

Vladimir Gusinsky, 43, a businessman and founder of the Russian Jewish Congress, received the award last week at a Paris ceremony.

Gusinsky is the third Russian to receive the honor. Mstislav Rostropovich, a cellist and conductor, and Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel Prize-winning author, are also recipients.

The Legion of Honor was created in 1802 by Napoleon for recognition of distinguished military or civil service.

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