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This acquisition from today's show is a puzzler.

Major Vasily Petrovich Sergeev is attested (undated) at Dzerzhinsky RVK in the city of Moscow. He survived the Great Purge of 1937-38 (1938 "Jubilee" Medal for service since 1918). Whatever branch he was in (not specified in the notation) all that he got during the Great Patriotic War were two long service Orders-- a February 1945 Lenin for 25+ years, and its predecessor the November 1944 Red Banner for 20+ years.

So obviously (duh) he had 25+ years of service, right?

That seems to have been the merest, most routinely nominal requirement--as we see when research comes back--to have been retired "with permission to wear the former uniform of his rank."

So.... :unsure:

why didn't Order of Lenin, Order of the Red Banner holder, Comrade Major Sergeev GET permission to wear his Pogoni? :speechless1::rolleyes:

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