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Andrey Filatov, founder of the Art Russe Foundation, senior coach of the Russian men’s national chess team and President of the Russian Chess Federation, has been awarded with the Order of Friendship for “successful performance of the Russian team at the World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2018 in St. Petersburg.”
Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 140 of April 1, 2019 “On Awarding State Awards of the Russian Federation” has been published on the official legal information website.

For many years Filatov has been involved in chess-related projects. He helped to restore the Chess Museum on Gogol Boulevard in Moscow and organize chess tournaments in the framework of the international program “Chess in Museums”. He currently serves as President of the Russian Chess Federation and Senior Coach of the Russian men’s national chess team.
The Order of Friendship is not the only award received by Andrey Filatov. In 2016, by a presidential decree of the Russian Federation he was awarded with the Medal of the Order for Merit to the Fatherland, 2nd Degree, for achievements in the area of development of physical culture and sports. For his contribution to international cooperation in the field of culture and efforts to preserve historical heritage, he received the UNESCO award and the title of holder of the Order of the Legion of Honour (France).

The Russian Chess Federation (RCF) is a public non-profit organisation bringing together individuals and chess federations of republics, districts, regions, cities of federal significance, autonomous regions and autonomous districts of the Russian Federation. The activities of the RCF are aimed at developing and popularizing chess in the Russian Federation. The RCF was founded on 15 February 1992. The management bodies of the RCF are the Congress and the Supervisory Board of the RCF. The Board of Trustees of the RCF is the collegiate body for deliberation and consultation acting on a pro-bono basis.
The RCF is the organizer of the annual All-Russian Children’s Championship, the tournament “Belaya Ladya” among educational institutions, the Championship of Russia, and other chess competitions. Since 2012, the programme “Chess in Museums” has been implemented in Russia at the initiative of the RCF together with the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko.
The RCF develops and implements programmes for the development of chess, including chess for children, and assists in expanding the network of chess clubs and leagues in the regions of the Russian Federation. It organises individual and team competitions in Russia, as well as participation of Russian chess players in international competitions. It assists in strengthening the positions of Russian chess players in the international arena, and develops relationships with international chess federations and other national and international organisations, including FIDE.
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Led by entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrey Filatov, ART RUSSE was founded in 2012 with the aim of developing a greater awareness and understanding of Soviet and Russian cultural contributions. In particular it focuses on collecting and increasing international awareness of Russian art dating mainly from the period 1917 – 1991. The aim of ART RUSSE is to increase appreciation for this art period through supporting exhibitions, lending to international museums and galleries, and publishing books and catalogues on key artists and artefacts.