SPC President Awarded Two Russian Medals

SPC's President Kuttler is awarded two medals in ceremonies at the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC.

St. Petersburg, FL, June 14, 2009 --(PR.com)-- St. Petersburg College announced today that its president, Carl M. Kuttler Jr., has been awarded two medals at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., one “For the Contribution to the Cause of Friendship” and another celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Consular Service of Russia.

The medals were awarded to Kuttler by Sergey I. Kislyak, Ambassador of Russia to the United States, for Kuttler’s 20-year commitment to fostering relations between sister cities St. Petersburg, Russia and St. Petersburg. He also was cited for solidifying the friendship between Russia and the U.S.
Besides Kuttler and Kislyak, also present were such ranking embassy officials as Cultural Attache Natalia Batova, General Consul Sergey Ovsiannikov, and Director of the Russian Cultural Centre Evgeny Agoshkov.

Kuttler was named Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation to the state of Florida in 2004, as recommended by President Putin, the Russian prime minister, and the Russian ambassador to the U.S. It was approved by the U.S. State Department. Kuttler manages an active Honorary Consul office for Floridians.

Kuttler’s 20-year relationship with the Russian people has resulted in many partnerships. He has supported numerous business, educational and political leadership initiatives, has given numerous interviews on Russian national television, and has received a number of invitations, awards and recognitions from Russian universities and institutions.

In 1989, Kuttler hosted a delegation from the Soviet Union and began his Russian exchange with a 10-day program in which Vladimir Putin, then an associate vice president at St. Petersburg State University (formerly Leningrad State University), was his daily host and traveling companion. Since then, Kuttler has made two additional visits that involved Vladimir Putin, who by that time worked for the Mayor of St. Petersburg.

Kuttler hosted about 300 Russian leaders in the U.S., including CEOs of auto manufacturing companies and airlines, journalists, state Duma officials, the Russian judiciary and other Russian representatives.

Also, he conferred with President Putin and Russian Ambassador Yuri Ushakov during Putin’s visit to Washington, D.C. in October 2001; established a scholarship fund named after Putin and Ushakov for Russian students in the U.S.; and participated in 2003 on President Putin’s international law panel that included German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and French President Jacques Chirac.

In 2004, Kuttler received the Russian Gold Medal of Service, presented by the Russian Ambassador on President Putin’s behalf, for co-chairing the 300/100 anniversary celebrations of St. Petersburg, Russia, and St. Petersburg, Florida.

St. Petersburg College
Bill Frederick