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Moscow School Principal awarded Order of British Empire
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LONDON, October 10 /from RIA Novosti's Sergei Kudasov/ - Teodor Shanin, principal of Moscow's School of Social and Economic Sciences, has been awarded an order of the British Empire, in the Buckingham Palace.
Mr Shanin is a professor with Manchester University. In 1995, he founded a non-profit school in Moscow to train legal experts, political scientists, teachers and managers for Russia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, CIS. The royal decree of Queen Elizabeth II on bestowing on Mr Shanin the title of the Knight of the British Empire, came as acknowledgement of his considerable contribution to the development of higher education in Russia.
Teodor Shanin's life was not a bed of roses. A Jew of Polish extraction, he was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. He spent most of his childhood in Siberia, where he and his mother were exiled to after his father was imprisoned for anti-Soviet activities. Then Mr Shanin moved to Britain to return to Russia in the early 1990s. Today, he spends most of his time in Moscow cherishing his brainchild, the school of social and economic sciences.
The Order of the British Empire, 2nd class, was conferred on guitarist Eric Clapton, Hollywood star Joan Collins, American Robert Carrier and French Albert and Michel Roux, masters of cooking art, track and field athlete Denis Lewis, Formula I racer Alain Prost and many other world famous celebrities.
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