Stepan Neustroev (1922-1998) was a commander of the 1st Rifle Battalion of the 756th Rifle Regiment (150th Idritsa Order of Kutuzov Second Class Motor Rifle Division, 3rd Shock Army of the 1st Belorussian Front), captain.
Stepan Neustroev was born in 1922 in the village of Talitsa, Sverdlovsk region. He finished 7 grades of school and then worked as a metalworker in the mine. He was in the army since June 1941. In November of the same year, he graduated from the Cherkassy Military Infantry School (in Sverdlovsk), received the rank of lieutenant and was allotted to the 423rd Rifle Regiment of the 166th Rifle Division of the North-Western Front. From April of 1943 to the end of combats, he fought in the composition of the 756th Rifle Regiment of the 150th Rifle Division. Captain Neustroev's battalion took part in the liberation of the Baltic States and Poland, in the combat assault of Eastern Pomerania, in the Vistula-Oder offensive operation and in the battles for Berlin, as well as in taking by storm of the Reichstag main entrance and in raising the Victory Banner on its dome. On May 8, 1946, by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, Captain Stepan Neustroev was granted the title of Hero of the Soviet Union and awarded the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star Medal for the successful operation to hoist the Victory Banner on the dome of the Reichstag.
After the war, he continued to serve in the units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Urals, and since 1953, Lieutenant-Colonel Stepan Neustroev was in the reserve.
Stepan Neustroev was awarded the Order of Lenin, the Order of Alexander Nevsky, the Orders of the Patriotic War, First and Second Class, the Order of the Red Star, and medals.
The postage stamp features a portrait of Stepan Neustroev and a Gold Star medal.
In addition to the issue of the postage stamp, JSC Marka produced First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow and Sevastopol.
Design Artist: R. Komsa.
Face value: 45 rubles.
Stamp size: 30×42 mm, sheet size: 140×153 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins (4×3) with 10 stamps and a coupon.
Quantity: 120 thousand stamps (12 thousand sheets).