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Russia Day honors Kaspersky and first woman in space
« on: June 18, 2009, 09:16:00 AM »
President Dmitry Medvedev gave awards to 12 people during a ceremony June 12, Russia Day,  in the Kremlin's Georgiyevsky Hall, including the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, and Yevgeny Kaspersky, the founder of the eponymous anti-virus software.

Tereshkova, who became the first woman in space in 1963, dedicated her award to Russia's space program, while Kaspersky called for improvements to the national education system in order to churn out more talented engineers.

"It is possible that this will require 10 to 15 years of hard work, but there is no other way for Russian companies to be competitive in Western and Eastern markets," Kaspersky said, RIA-Novosti reported.

Russia Day marks the date in 1990 that the Congress of the People's Deputies of the Soviet Russian Republic adopted a declaration of independence from the Soviet Union.

First called Independence Day in 1991, the June 12 holiday was renamed the Day of the Declaration of the Sovereignty of the Russian Federation by then-President Boris Yeltsin in 1994. In 2002, then-President Vladimir Putin gave the holiday its current name, Russia Day.