(www.irna.ir) вЂ" The Russian newspaper `Sovetskaya Rossiya' awarded its 2006 `Speech to the Nation' prize to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
In a special ceremony held in Moscow on Thursday, the prize was handed to a representative of the Iranian embassy in Moscow.
The citatation said the prize was awarded to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a letter he wrote to US President George W Bush, reports Trend.
The prize has been awarded annually by the daily to political and cultural figures of Russia and foreign states since 1992 who have been outstanding news subjects.
So far, 102 outstanding figures, including Cuban President Fidel Castro and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, have received the prize.