Russian President ladimir Putin lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow (file photo) (epa)
November 21, 2006 -- Russian authorities have asked the British auctioneer Sotheby's to cancel a planned sale of Soviet medals.
The Federal Agency for the Protection of the Cultural Heritage (Rosohrankultura) says the buying and selling of state medals is forbidden in Russia and that the medals may have been taken out of the country illegally.
Several top Soviet state medals are due to go under the hammer when the auction is held on November 28.
(RIA Novosti, Interfax)
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