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The XXI century will be a сentury either of total all-embracing crisis or of moral and spiritual healing that will reinvigorate humankind. It is my conviction that all of us - all reasonable political leaders, all spiritual and ideological movements, all  faiths - must help in this transition to a triumph of humanism and justice, in making the XXI century a century of a new human renaissance.
 

     
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Awards and honors

Mikhail Gorbachev's Decorations

 

State decorations of the USSR 

 

  • Order of the Red Banner of Labor (1948),
  • Three orders of Lenin
  • Order of October Revolution (1987),
  • Order "Badge of Honor" (1967)
  • medals and institutional awards of the USSR СССР

 

International state decorations

 

  • Polish Sejm Silver Medal for outstanding contribution to international cooperation, friendship and interaction between Poland and the USSR (Poland, June 1988)
  • St. Agatha Grand Cross (San Marino, 1994)
  • Grand Cross of Freedom (Portugal, 1995)
  • Grand Cross, special class of the Order of Merit (Germany, November 1999)
  • Order of the White Lion with a ribbon (Czech Republic, 1999)
  • Order of Christopher Columbus with Grand Gold Cross (the Dominican Republic, July 2001) 

 

 

International and national awards: 

 

  •  Nobel Peace Prize  (October 15, 1990) 
     
  • 1987 Indira Gandhi Award (conferred on November 19, 1988, India)
  • Golden Dove of Peace for contribution to peace and disarmament (the pacifist organization Italian Center of Documentation on Disarmament and the National League of Cooperatives, Rome, November 1989)
  • Albert Einstein Award for contribution to peace and mutual understanding among peoples (Washington, D.C., June 1990)
  • Historic Leader Award by the US influential religious organization, Appeal of Conscience Foundation (Washington, D.C., June 1990)
  • 1991 Martin Luther King International Peace Award "For a Non-Violent World" for contribution to world peace and human rights (Washington, D.C., June 1990)
  • Fiuggi International Award (Fiuggi Foundation of Italy); as "a personality whose political and public activity sets an outstanding example of work to promote human rights" (Italy, 1990)
  • Albert Schweitzer Award, Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation (USA, 1992)
  • Benjamin M. Cardoso Award "For Democracy" (Yeshiva University of New York, USA, 1992)
  • Sir Winston Churchill Award to recognize contribution to peace in the Middle East (UK, 1993)
  • La Pleiade Award (Piacenza, Italy, 1993)
  • International Journalist and Literary Award (Modena, Italy, 1993)
  • Hero of the Year Award by the Association of Small and Medium Businesses of Bologna (Bologna, Italy, 1993)
  • Golden Pegasus International Award (Toscana, Italy, 1994)
  • University of Genoa Award (Italy, 1995)
  • King David Award (USA, 1997)
  • Enron Award by the Baker Institute for outstanding service to society (Houston, USA, 1997)
  • Wecha Award by "Politika" weekly (Poland, 1997)
  • Budapest Club Award (Frankfurt, Germany, 1997)
  • Komet Award (Germany, 1998)
  • International Women's Zionist Organization (Miami, USA, 1998)
  • National Liberty Award for effort against oppression (Memphis, USA, 1998)
  • Terracina City Award (Institute of Russian Language and Culture, Terracina, Italy, 1999)
  • Reconciliation National Award (Friends for Reconciliation, Italy, 1999)
  • Giorgio La Pira Award for Culture and Peace (Italy, 1999)
  • Ritualis Award (Italy, 1999)
  • Marsala Association for Cultural Studies “Piano Friends” Award (Marsala, Italy, 1999)
  • Russian National Olympus award with the highest public title "The Era Man" granted (2000)
  • Aleksandr Men’ Award (2000)
  • St Valentine’s Award (Italy, 2001)
  • Carlos V award (Yuste Monastery, Spain, June 3, 2002)
  • Steiermark for Humanism Award (Austria, 2003)
  • EUROPA TOUR Award (Bonn, Germany, 2003)
  • Civil Award for Peace-enforcement (San Diego, USA, 2004)
  • Global Leadership Award (USA, 2004)
  • BILD-OSGAR Award (Leipzig, Germany, 2005)
  • Radio Roegenbogen  Award (Germany, 2005)
  • Checkpoint Alpha Award (Ehrfurt, Germany, 2005)
  • Augsburg Peace Prize (Augsburg, Germany, 2005)
  • Athenagoras Award (New York, USA, 2005)
  • Dr. Friedrich Josef Haas Award (Berlin, 2007)
  • "Prominence" Award (2008)
  • Moscow International European Award in the category "Politics and Civil Society" (2008)
  • Quadriga Award (Berlin, 2009)
  • Dresden Award (Germany, 2010)
  • ITA Publishers Golden Bridge Award (2010)
 
 
 

Awards from  international and national public organizations

 

  • Memorial Golden Medal of Belgrade (Yugoslavia, March 1988)
  • Memorial Medal of Sorbonne (Paris, July 1989)
  • Memorial Medal of Rome Municipality (November 1999)
  • Vatican Memorial Medal (December 1, 1989)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Liberty Medal (Washington, D.C., June 1990)
  • Hero Star, Ben Gurion University (Israel, 1992)
  • Gold Medal, Prometheus National Technological University of Athens (Greece, 1993)
  • Gold Medal of Thessaloniki (Greece, 1993)
  • Philadelphia Council for World Problems, International Statesman Award (USA, 1993)
  • Gold Badge, University of Oviedo (Spain, 1994)
  • Simon Bolivar Grand Cross for Unity and Liberty, Latin American Unity Association in Korea (Korea, 1994)
  • Memorial Medal "Gate of Freedom" to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Jewish emigration from the former USSR (Israel Bonds Corporation, New York, 1998)
  • Induction into the International Academy of Achievement (2000)
  • Netania Academic College Award (Tel Aviv, Israel, 2003)
  • World Georgaphic Society awards (Barcelona, Spain, 2004) 

 

Honorary academic degrees

 

  • Autonomous University of Madrid (Madrid, Spain, October 1990)
  • Complutence Unviersity (Madrid, Spain, 1990) 
  • Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Ph.D in political sciences (Moscow, 1991)
  • Stanford University (USA, 1992)
  • University of Buenos Aires (Argentina, 1992)
  • University of Cuyo (Mendoza, Argentina, 1992)
  • C. Mendes University (Brazil, 1992)
  • University of Chile (Chile, 1992)
  • University of Anahuac (Mexico, 1992)
  • Bar Illan University (Israel, 1992)
  • Ben Gurion University (Israel, 1992)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, USA, 1992)
  • University of VIrginia (USA, 1993)
  • Jepson School of Leadership Studies (Richmond, USA, 1993)
  • Pandyon University (Pyreus, Greece, 1993)
  • Institute of International Law and International Relations, Aristotelian University (Thessalonike, Greece, 1993)
  • School of Law, Aristotelian University (Thessaloniki, Greece, 1993)
  • University of Bristol (UK, 1993)
  • University of Calgary (Canada, 1993)
  • Carlton University (Canada, 1993)
  • Soka Gakkai International (President Ikeda) (Japan, 1993)
  • Kung Khi University (Korea, 1995)
  • University of Durnham (UK, 1995)
  • Modern University of Lisbon (Portugal, 1995)
  • Soka University (Japan, 1997)
  • University of Tromso (Norway, 1998)
  • Russian State Humanitarian University (Moscow, 2001)
  • Dubling Trinity College (Ireland, Dublin, 2002)
  • University of Sofia (Bulgaria, Sofia, 2002)
  • Brown University (Providence, USA, 2003)
  • Nihon University (Japan, 2003)
  • University of Las Vegas (USA, 2004)
  • Westphalian Wilhelms-University of Munster (Munster, Germany, 2005)
  • Bethany College (Lindsburg, USA, 2005) 

 

Mikhail Gorbachev is an honorary citizen of:

 

  • Berlin (West Germany, 1992)
  • Aberdeen (UK, 1993)
  • Piraeus (Greece, 1993)
  • Florence (Italy, 1994)
  • Sesto San Giovanni (Italy, 1995)
  • Kardamyla (Island of Chios, Greece, 1995)
  • El Paso (Key of the City) (USA, 1998)
  • Terni (Italy, 2001)
  • Dublin (Ireland, 2002)
  • Quito (Ecuador, 2004)