Head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen signed Executive Orders On the Person of the Year in the Republic of Karelia in 2013 and On Laureates of the Year in the Republic of Karelia in 2013.
Poet, member of the Union of Writers of Russia, head of Karjalaine Sana literary institution, People's Writer of the Republic of Karelia Alexander L.Volkov is named person of the year in 2013. He was given this title for his substantial contribution to preservation and development of Karelian language, national culture and literature of Karelian people.
42 citizens of Karelia that have become known it their fields and have made great advances were recognized Laureates in 2013. Among them there are employees of education, health, culture, science, and industrial enterprises of the republic.
The tradition to distinguish people that had made a valuable contribution to Karelia's development was established in 1998. Tiles of Laureates of the Year in the Republic of Karelia and the Person of the Year in the Republic of Karelia are awarded in order to increase labour and public activity of citizens, reward them for their service to the republic, for fruitful personal contribution to scientific, cultural, social and economic development of the region and high professional skills.