Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree presenting more than 3,000 World War II Northern Convoy veterans from the United Kingdom with Ushakov medals.
Between 1941 and 1945, the Arctic, or Northern, convoys transported more than four million tonnes of supplies to the Soviet Union. There were 77 such convoys over this period.
In the past he has been involved in the creation and sponsoring of various Russian art exhibitions. His foundation has also played a great role in the Belfast project, dedicated to the restoration of a famous ship, symbol of Russia-UK cooperation in World War II. He was instrumental in organising the UK acceptance of the Ushakov medal, an international award for Arctic convoy veterans.
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