The title of Hero of Turkmenistan was awarded to the Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations Axoltan Ataeva and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko

At a meeting of the Halk Maslakhaty (People's Council) of Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a decree on conferring the title of Hero of Turkmenistan with the award of the Altyn Ay (Golden Moon) medal to Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the UN Axoltan Ataeva.

The head of state praised her diplomatic activities, noting the merits to the Turkmen state and people, her great personal contribution to strengthening the country's international authority.

The head of state also signed a decree on conferring the title of Hero of Turkmenistan with the presentation of the Altyn Ay medal to the Russian cosmonaut, a native of Turkmenistan Oleg Kononenko.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with great respect spoke about the highest professionalism of his fellow countryman, who made four expeditions to the ISS and five times went into open space.

Source: Turkmenistan.ru