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Russia – Soviet: A Fine Anti-Espionage Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class Group to Lieutenant Colonel Vasily Alekseyevich Merinov, Chief of the 1st Section of the Smersh Department, Transbaikal-Amur Military District for rousing his staff to expose and detain spies during the Russo-Japanese Conflict.

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Russia – Soviet: A Fine Anti-Espionage Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class Group to Lieutenant Colonel Vasily Alekseyevich Merinov, Chief of the 1st Section of the Smersh Department, Transbaikal-Amur Military District for rousing his staff to expose and detain spies during the Russo-Japanese Conflict.

Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class, type 2, flatback reverse, numbered 713700; Medal for Combat Merit, an numbered post war issue; Medal for the Victory Over Japan.

Condition: Good very fine

Lieutenant Colonel Vasily Alekseyevich Merinov, was born in the village of Shevnino, Kirov Oblast in 1908. He served with the NKVD/Smersh from 1930 onwards. His wartime service led to him being awarded the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class on 28th October 1943, and the Medal for Combat Merit on 3rd November 1944, this award of the Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class was by Order of the Trans-Baikal Front on 9th September 1945:

‘Throughout the Patriotic War Lieutenant Colonel Merinov was actively involved in combating the enemies of the motherland.

During the war with the Japanese invaders he honourably performed his duty towards the motherland. He roused his staff to expose and detain spies and achieved impressive results.

He is dedicated to the cause of the Party of Lenin and Stalin and the socialist motherland. He deserves the Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class.’

He was also awarded the Medal for the Victory over Japan and an Order of the Red Star, the later on 6th November 1945.

A resident of 77 Volochayevskaya Street, Khabarovsk, he was acting as the Chief of the 1st Section of the Smersh Department, Transbaikal-Amur Military District at the time of the award.

Scarce confirmed Smersh award.