World Bulletin / News Desk
Churkin's family, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and foreign ministry staff attended a memorial for the former diplomat at Moscow's Central Clinic Hospital.
Churkin died "suddenly in New York on Feb. 20, a day ahead of his 65th birthday,” according to a statement issued by the Russian foreign ministry.
President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order awarding Churkin the Order of Courage, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.
Churkin had served as UN ambassador from April 2006.