Outgoing Russian President Vladimir Putin will award the country's Badge of Honor to Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yitzchak Kogan, director of Moscow's Bronnaya Synagogue Agudas Chasidei Chabad, for helping to stop a knife-wielding assailant in a January 2006 attack at the synagogue, according to Russia's Interfax news agency.

Student Yosef Kogan, the rabbi's son, will also receive an honor from Putin for wrestling 20-year-old Alexander Koptsev to the ground after he ran through the synagogue, attacking and injuring nine people.

Tried in the Moscow City Court on charges of attempted murder and incitement of ethnic hatred, Koptsev was sentenced in September 2006 to 16 years imprisonment.