Russian President Vladimir Putin today handed the Order of Friendship to the honorary consul of Russia in the Balearic Islands, Sebastià Roig i Montserrat, who has important ties with this country and has dedicated part of his life to promoting the reception of children Russians with problems.
The order, which was instituted in 1994, is a recognition to foreigners who have worked in favor of improving relations with Russia.
Roig i Montserrat traveled to Russia for the first time in 1985 and since then the country "has changed a lot, largely thanks to you," he addressed Putin at the ceremony to deliver the order.
The honorary consul of Russia in Majorca since July 11 began his relationship with Russia when he was general director of Interior with the Government of Gabriel Cañellas i Fons and after several visits to the country he founded in the 1990s the NGO Infants del Món, work for which he has received the order.
The former mayor of Campos and editor stressed before the Russian president that "from Mallorca we have been able to accommodate more than 1,300 Russian children with problems."
"We are proud of the Mallorcan and Spanish families" who welcome Russian children in need of affection and orphanages every year, stressed Roig.
Some of these children suffer the consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear accident (Ukraine) in 1986, according to their story on Channel 4.
Roig has an adopted son from Russia, Paralympic sailing champion.
The ambassador of Russia in Spain, Yuri Korchagin, proposed him as honorary consul in the Balearic Islands, destination of more than 160,000 Russians a year.
Before Roig received the Order of Friendship the professor of Russian Philology Rafael Guzmán (2017), the former ambassador of Spain in Russia Ignacio Carbajal (2016) and the singers Plácido Domingo (2011) and Montserrat Caballé (1997).