The Russian government equated the survivors of the siege of Stalingrad to war veterans
The government has approved a bill that classifies people awarded the "Inhabitant of the besieged Stalingrad" badge as veterans of the Great Patriotic War. This was reported on the website of the government of the Russian Federation.
Thus, the draft Federal Law "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation" has been approved and will be submitted to the Russian parliament in the prescribed manner.
People awarded with the badge "Inhabitant of the besieged Stalingrad", after the final approval of the amendments, will be classified as veterans of the Great Patriotic War. Consequently, they will be subject to social protection measures, which are provided to those awarded with the signs "Inhabitant of besieged Leningrad" or "Inhabitant of besieged Sevastopol."
The day before, the head of the Russian Cabinet, announcing the prepared amendments, noted that "these people deserve the most respect, because they survived the most cruel and bloody war in world history." “The state is obliged to provide them with due attention.” Mikhail Mishustin emphasized.