The Second Annual Silver Archer-USA prize, which is awarded in five categories for the promotion and development of bilateral ties, was presented at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. this week.

The clear favorite in the Culture category was the Musical Olympus Fund, which annually organizes a charity ball in St. Petersburg  with some of the best musicians from Carnegie Hall and assists young aspiring artists all over the world.

The New Review magazine, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary and has been a venue for world-renowned writers like Ivan Bunin, Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Josef Brodsky, took the top prize for Communications. Organizers credited Editor-in-Chief Marina Adamovich with maintaining the magazine as an intellectual center for the Russian Diaspora in all 32 countries where it is published.

An international team of scientists from the U.S.A. and Russia won the Science and Education award for proving that legendary Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov was the first to discover Venus’ atmosphere with his telescope in 1761. Meanwhile, Onexim Sports and Entertainment won the Business, Technology and Innovation prize for developing the ambitious Barclays Center as a home venue for the Mikhail Prokhorov-owned New Jersey Nets.

The Renova group took the top prize in the Charity category for its extensive restoration work at Fort Ross in California for the Russian settlement’s 200th anniversary. Finally, this year’s top Persona was named Rinat Dosmukhamedov, the Russian Federation’s permanent trade representative in the United States.

“It’s not a secret that people make history, especially when this involves intergovernmental relations. They make it through their work, the world they create around themselves, how they interact with society, how they communicate – from all this comes the history of international relations not only in politics, but also in economics,” commented jury member and RBTH publisher Eugene Abov.