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  1. He seems to be no longer active in the field of Soviet awards, but he is on social media if you're looking for him.
  2. Russia seems to have manufactured a number of Soviet awards to be issued to veterans who were awarded a decoration during the Soviet era (generally during WW2), but never received it for some reason or another. I have seen images of recent award ceremonies during which Red Stars were issued. I presume they also had some former Soviet stock lying around which they could have issued in the 1990s. The other former Soviet republics seem to have presented the veteran only with the paperwork, not the award itself. I actually researched a Red Star this week which was awarded by a rifle division
  3. Smersh citations are often not on Podvig Naroda, but most of them are stored in the Central Archives and therefore they are not that difficult to locate. The NKVD archives, as you say, are a whole other story... Заградслужба is an abbreviation of заградительная служба, but the more commonly used term is заградотряд / заградительный отряд. It's also frequently translated as 'blocking unit'.
  4. Much research can be done online these days (GPW-era citations, war diaries, maps, KIA lists, etc.), but you still need a researcher to link a serial number to a specific recipient and to obtain documents other than GPW-era citations (pre-GPW and post-GPW citations, service records, personnel files, etc.). I don't do translations anymore, but you can contact me for the research.
  5. 'Russia Great Patriotic War'? Do you mean an Order of the Patriotic War? Can you post an image so we know what we are discussing? If it's a real one it can be researched, but my experience with Russian flea markets is that they don't sell original orders and medals, for the simply reason that such trade is prohibited in Russia by law.
  6. I'm pretty sure these are two different pieces. Just compare these details:
  7. Are you sure both images show the same piece? The hammer and sickle emblems are certainly two different pieces, and the edge of the sabre looks different as well on both orders...
  8. Well, technically the Red Banner is a higher award than the Orders of Kutuzov, Suvorov, Khmelnitsky, etc., even though those are much rarer.
  9. The hammer and sickle emblem is heavily polished and the entire piece is severely tarnished, making it not the most attractive piece out there, but it seems to be an original one.
  10. I don't think so, the order is on eBay currently. A final chance to get this one for a fair price ;-)
  11. I don't have anything relevant to add, just wanted to remark that both photos show a lovely cloth version of the Mongolian pre-1961 enamel ribbon for the Order of the Red Banner (near the center on the first photo and bottom left on the second photo). Compare to this enamel one: http://gmic.co.uk/topic/16721-enamel-ribbon-bars/?tab=comments#comment-162557
  12. That's about right. They have some wound award decrees from the early 1950s though, but this 1972 award won't be on the website.
  13. It's a little linguistic joke; if you were to pronounce the word 'copy' as if it were Cyrillic it would sound like 'soru'. But all jokes aside, the order is fake unfortunately. Yes, they did make fakes in the 90s.
  14. The buyer must have realized his mistake, because it's back: https://www.ebay.com/itm/282970027524
  15. The center medallion has just been polished quite rigorously I think. They even did a bit of the rim, as the last photo shows. The serial number in particular is absolutely textbook, it's very hard to fake that.
  16. Yes, I had found that service record too. Quite unusual indeed! I also requested his service record from the archives, which turned out to be a different, albeit very similar one. I had not yet dug through Pamyat Naroda, so thank you for that map and the war diary pages! I'm still amazed sometimes at how much information can be found online nowadays. The research for some of my award groups and single awards comprises no less than hundreds of pages, all found by digging through that treasure trove. One of my groups is to a war experience officer, and I was able to find dozens of analyses
  17. As the new custodian of this order, I thought I’d dig up this nearly 11-year-old topic and present some additional research I did on this brave officer. Stepachov was born in the Smolensk Province in 1905. He joined the Red Army in March 1942, was sent to the front in July 1942, and was commissioned in 1943. He started out as a rifle platoon leader, but before long he was given command of a company. He served in the Stalingrad area, fought at Belgorod right at the height of the battle of Kursk and was awarded an ORS there, advanced through Ukraine and Romania, and then moved northwest tow
  18. It's the Badge for Loyal Service under the Flag.
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