Traders of Hero of the Soviet Union stars were arrested in Moscow
During the investigation the MIA officers arrested two suspects in the trafficking of stolen awards in Moscow. They robbed heroes of the USSR and Russia, stealing state awards, including “The Gold Medal of the Hero”.
During the search were seized more than fifty awards and medals.
As the MIA’s official representative, Irina Volk said, at first they detained one the suspects in the center of Moscow. Prior to the detention, a 42-year-old man tried to sell the medals of the Hero of the Soviet Union, Ivan Ermolaevich Ryzhkov.
During the search in the flat of the suspect were found plaques and certificates of the Hero of the Soviet Union, belonging to A.F. Kolomeitsev.
Later, investigators found out and arrested his accomplice, the seller of antiques from the Moscow Region. A search in his apartment gave even more significant results.
In addition to the two Hero stars along with the awards documents for names V.I. Andrianov and I.I. Korchagin, there were discovered more than 50 stolen state awards. According to the MIA’s representative, the awards will be handed over to the relatives of the owners and traders will go on trial.
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