Part I of my article, I
wrote about the engagement of an American guy and a Buryat gal who
were brought together through my research to make a Soviet Gold Star
Medal "talk." Part II now covers the journey of the American
wedding party to Ulan Ude in Russia's Western Siberia in August 2003.
|Pravda Buryat Weekly.."The Star of Khantaev".."Hero's family receives decoration after a decade"
in the hands of a collector in America?!!"
Luckily, my friend Natalya Poupysheva intervened and together, the two women went over to the government building and met the irate officer and Lt/Col Vasily Yemelyanov, the military affairs advisor for the government of the Buryat Republic. The two men sat in stony silence as the women began to explain the situation. Finally, Natalya added
that although I was a collector, I had returned a Hero Star a year earlier to the family of Uzbek HSU Mookhudin Umurdinov, and showed them the Internet article. She also explained that I donate money to the children's orphanage in the city on a regular basis.That clenched it. The two men made a 180 degree turn in attitude and said, "We will welcome him to Buryatia! Leave everything to us."