Prof. PhD Kolotov V.Nikolaievich, Director of the Ho Chi Minh Institute of the St. Petersburg State University, was presented with a Vietnamese State Friendship Order for his contributions to Vietnam-Russia friendship and cooperation, in Hanoi on November 24.

Addressing the ceremony, President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations, Vu Xuan Hong, said that Kolotov, who is also Chairman of St. Petersburg’s Russia-Vietnam Friendship Association, has always expressed his support for Vietnam through many scientific reports and speeches at regional and international seminars, as well as interviews to Russian and international news agencies.

Expressing his gratitude for the noble honour, Kolotov said that he will continue supporting Vietnam and make every effort to boost the two countries’ friendship.

Prof. PhD Kolotov, born in 1969, is a founder of the Ho Chi Minh Institute. He has delivered reports and lectures on the history of Vietnam in many countries, including Finland, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Denmark and the Republic of Korea.-VNA