Copies" of the Gold Star Medal. The final word.
to the Regulation on State Awards of the Russian Federation, adopted
by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation, dated March 2,
1994, No. 442, in case of loss of decorations, medals, or breastplates
to the honorary title holders in field conditions, or in the course
of natural calamity or other circumstances, when there was not any opportunity
to prevent the loss of the state awards, that upon the decision of the
Commission on State Awards under the President of Russian Federation
the award recipients can be issued duplicates of the state awards or
the mulyazh. Furthermore, the document indicates that "according
to our practise (it's became customary that) at present the Heros of
Russian Federation upon receiving the Golden star Medal simultaneously
receive mulyazh for permanent use. As far as the USSR Heros is concerned,
the legal regulations on issuing mulyazhes of Gold Star Medal have not
ever been issued.
Signed, A. Tyashev"
This means that there was never an official regulation issued for official duplicates for the Gold Star Medal for Hero of the Soviet Union. Below is a copy of the letter received. The blurred out area is simply the return address of the researcher.
The author wishes to thank