Moscow, February 22, 2017
The Russian Red Cross has decided to posthumously award Elizaveta Petrovna Glinka, “Dr. Liza,” the beloved doctor and founder of the charitable “Fair Aid” Foundation, who died in the Tu-154 plane crash near Sochi on December 25 last year.
The chairman of the organization Raisa Lukuttsova announced that Dr. Liza would be given the “Golden Heart” award. The site for the Golden Heart International Award states that the “Golden Heart is given for service to the higher ideals of mankind and is not a state or political award. The motto of the award is: HONOUR, DIGNITY, NOBILITY. The goal of the award is establishing the higher ideals of the humanity—kindness, philanthropy, nobility, ability to self-sacrifice for the sake of others.” Dr. Liza’s life demonstrates that she is truly worthy of such an award.
A memorial to Dr. Liza, timed to her birthday, was held on Monday in the Moscow Library of Foreign Literature, at which the award was given. The evening was attended by her loved ones and colleagues.
“The Russian Red Cross has decided to award Elizaveta Petrovna Glinka the highest award—‘The Golden Heart’—for adoption of the ideals of humanism and mercy,” Lukuttsova stated at the ceremony.
Dr. Liza was a Russian philanthropist, intensive care doctor, specialist in palliative medicine, and executive director of the “Fair Use” Foundation. She was also on the president’s council for the development of civil society and human rights and several times traveled to Eastern Ukraine and to Syria to offer aid to the afflicted there. She died with ninety-one others when her plane, bound for Syria to bring Christmas joy and donations, crashed near Sochi on December 25, 2016.
The Russian Red Cross is a public charity that is a member of the International Red Cross Federation.