MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Churkin died in New York on February 20. The diplomat would have turned 65 on Tuesday, February 21.
"For selflessness, perseverance and high professionalism shown at the post of Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations in New York… award the Order of Courage to Churkin Vitaly Ivanovich (posthumously)," the decree says.
Vitaly Churkin was born in Moscow in 1952. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1974, beginning his decades-long career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shortly.
Vitaly Churkin was awarded the Order For Merit to the Fatherland of IV degree in 2012.
He is survived by his wife and two children.