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Relics From the Past

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I bought these two Soviet-era medals from a Russian WWII veteran at a market in Vilnius, Lithuania a few years ago. I got the impression that the large Russian population generally was treated like second-class citizens, without the right to pension or other social benefits. There were many elderly Russians at the market trying to sell the few things they had of value as a mean to survive. Some of them, widows of war veterans in particular, were also seen begging in the streets. Really sad story.

The medal to the left marks 80 years of the VLKSM (Youth Communist Organisation), and the one to the right is the Veteran of Labour Medal, USSR.


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Date Taken
Mar 5, 2011, 6:50:43 PM
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