The ceremony took place in Vladikavkaz. Vladimir Shelikhov, Deputy Head of the Federal Communications Agency; Major General Nikolai Dolonin, Deputy NorthCaucasus District Commander for Moral Affairs of the National Guard Troops of the Russian Federation; Major General Roman Ignatenko, the Commander of the 49 th Independent Operational Purpose Brigade of the National Guard Troops of the Russian Federation; Boris Albegov, Mayor of Vladikavkaz; and Colonel General Anatoly Shkirko, Member of the Board of Association of Combat Veterans of Internal Affairs Agencies and the Internal Troops of Russia, took part in the event. Souvenir frames with cancelled envelopes were officially presented to the mother and sister of Pvt. Vadim Yermakov
A title of the Hero of the Russian Federation was awarded (posthumously) to Pvt. Vadim Konstantinovich Yermakov, a gunner of the military unit 3724 of the North-Caucasus District of the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, for courage and heroism shown during a special operation. An assault team was tasked with eliminating guerillas in a health retreat in Chernorechye on August 10, 1996. Vadim Yermakov was captured by the militants in spite of fierce fighting and tough resistance. During a cruel interrogation, he managed to seize a grenade from one of the bandits; he set it off blowing up the enemy and himself.
The postage stamp features a portrait of the Hero of the Russian Federation and the Gold Star Medal
“The Federal Communications Agency together with Joint-Stock Company “Marka” annually has been issuing stamps dedicated to Heroes of the Russian Federation. For us, immortalizing the memory of people, who performed a heroic deed at the expense of their lives, is a very important and honorary task. The stamp’s printrun is 145,000 copies. This unique stamp will forever retain the memory of the today’s event and become a philatelic rarity among collectors of the whole world”, said Mr. Shelikhov.
Design: R. Komsa.
Face value: 19 RUB.
Size of stamps: 42×30 mm; size of sheets: 104×110 mm.
Form of issue: sheets with illustrated margins of 5 (2×3) stamps and a coupon.
Circulation: 145,000 stamps (29,000 sheets each).