RFE/RL’s Moldovan Service Chișinău Bureau Chief Vasile Botnaru has been given the Government of Romania’s highest civilian honor.
Romanian President Klaus Johannis conferred Botnaru with the Ordinul Naţional “Serviciul Credincios” (National Order of “Faithful Service”) with the rank of Commander for his journalistic work. The distinction recognizes his contributions to strengthening community, language, and social ties across the Romania-Moldova border. President Johannis’ official decree states that the honor is a sign of appreciation for the significant contribution to the promotion of democracy on both sides of the Prut River.
The Order was officially presented to Botnaru by the Romanian ambassador in Chișinău, Daniel Ionita, on December 22, 2016.
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