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      Theodorakis given honorary doctorate at Crete University,
      during event for his 80th birthday

      Internationally-renowned Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis was given an honorary doctorate of Philosophical and Social Studies by the University of Crete on Monday, during continuing celebrations of his 80th birthday in Hania.

      During events organised in the city on Sunday night, meanwhile, Theodorakis was presented with the ‘Dialogue of Civilizations’ prize, which is given by the "St. Andrew the First-Called Foundation", a Russian non-governmental organisation.

      Attending the award ceremony was Russian Ambassador to Athens Andrei Vdovin and Russian officials from St. Andrew The First-Called and other Russian NGOs.

      According to the foundation – which is linked to the also-Russian NGOs World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations and the Centre of National Glory of Russia – Theodorakis was awarded the prize "for his hard work and example of creative service to his homeland", as well as his endeavours in music.

      The International St. Andrew the First-Called Prize is a non-governmental, non-party, non-church and non-political award, presented each year since it was first established in 1992.

      Among its winners are Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia, Patriarch Paul of Serbia, Iranian President Mohammad Hatami, Metropolitan Anthony of Surozh, Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov, Latvian President Valdas Adamkus, former Indian Prime Minister Kumar Gudjal, actor Vassiliy Lanovoy and others.

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