Medal of dishonor: UK bars WWII vets from receiving Russian award
Between 1941 and 1945, the convoy formed an important supply route from Britain and North America to the northern Soviet ports of Murmansk and Archangel SK. Royal British naval vessels and aircraft carriers escort merchant ships. In April of this year President Medvedev signed a decree granting foreign veterans the Ushakov Medal-named after the experienced Russian Admiral Fyodor Ushakov-in recognition of their Under British law, citizens are allowed to obtain foreign medals only if the British government gives citizens permission and only if the award is relevant to the recipient\'s activities over the past five years On May 2012, Moscow formally applied to London. The Russian embassy in the UK forwarded 813 letters from veterans to the British Foreign Ministry detailing their public activities over the past five years. The embassy\'s press release said the foreign ministry rejected the request, saying the information provided \"did not describe any related services specific to Russia in the past five years \". If the Russian foreign ministry provides detailed information on veterans who meet the five-year standard, the decision may be reconsidered. \"However, it is hard to imagine that people in their 80 s and 90 s will do something similar to what they did during the war 70 years ago, the Russian embassy wrote in a statement. \"Our gratitude for their common cause of fighting against Nazism and for keeping Europe and humanity as a whole safe from this existential threat has not diminished at all,\" the embassy said . \". Moscow also promised to contact every British veteran who won the award.