World War II veteran Constantine Kanakis was presented with the medal “For the Defence of Sevastopol” in Athens on Tuesday by the Russian Ambassador in Greece Andrey Maslov and Defence Attaché Alexander Prykhodko.
“He is now 97 years old, and he fought in the Soviet army against the fascist occupiers. In 1941, when he was 18 years old, he was drafted in the Soviet army and until March 1942 participated in the defense of Sevastopol as member of the 136th army regiment. Seventy-seven years later, the medal has been presented to its recipient,” the Russian embassy said in a statement.
The medal was awarded to Kanakis by the presidium of the USSR’s Supreme Soviet in December 1942.
Medal “For the Defence of Sevastopol”
The Medal “For the Defence of Sevastopol” (Russian: Медаль «За оборону Севастополя») was a World War II campaign medal of the Soviet Union established on December 22, 1942 by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR to reward the participants of the defence of the port city of Sevastapol against the armed forces of Nazi Germany.
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