Reindeer Herder Awarded by President Medvedev
President Dmitry Medvedev awarded the reindeer herder Vitaly Kemlil (pictured on the left with the President at the Kremlin last week) a special award at the Presidents annual awards for Russians who have made a special contribution to the nation. The award is entitled ‘Order of Merit of the Fatherland IV degree’ – the same as the tennis player Elena Dementieva, who won gold for Russia in Beijing (!).
Vitaly was born in 1967 and lives in the village of Nizhnekolymskiy in the Kolyma district of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). He was awarded the medal in recognition of his efforts to save his reindeer from the attacks of a bear – he managed to save his reindeer and not kill the bear, which of course is a sacred animal. Watch the video below – Vitaly and his reindeer are at 2.31