Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has been awarded a top Russian honour recognising his love of the country and its literature.
Dr Williams, who has written a book on Dostoyevsky, received the Order of Friendship at a ceremony in London.
He was given a volume of his own poems translated into Russian. It was nearly blocked by a Moscow customs official who mistook it for explosives.
Dr Williams said he was "delighted and rather overwhelmed" by the award.
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