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Yefim Stolyarsky, who fought to preserve the legacy of Russian-speaking veterans, die

RIP Yefim Stolyarsky

Born in 1923 in Brovki Pervyye, a small town west of Kiev in the then-Soviet republic of Ukraine, Stolyarsky served 30 years in the Red Army.

During World War II, he served as a division commander and a squad leader, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was twice wounded as he battled to help prevent the Nazis from seizing St. Petersburg, then known as Leningrad, during an 872-day siege of the city. He lost two ribs.

He received several decorations and awards for his service during the war.


After retiring from the military in the late 1960s, Stolyarsky worked in a meat factory and later organized an agricultural cooperative, which grew crops and produced honey.

With his wife Ala, Stolyarsky immigrated to the U.S. in 1991 as a refugee from the former Soviet republic of Moldova, where Russians and Jews faced hostility and discrimination after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

“There was a lot of tension,” Stolyarsky’s son said. “It became too dangerous for Russians. We decided we had to move.”

While many older Soviet emigres tended to “relax” once they arrived in the U.S., for Stolyarsky it was an opportunity to continue what he loved most — being active.

Among other things, Stolyarsky joined the Los Angeles Assn. of Veterans of World War II, a West Hollywood-based group that was inaugurated in 1977 by a handful of Russian-speaking veterans as a social group and support network.

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RIP Yefim Stolyarsky......
Thanks for sharing this. I wish the link had more info on the "tension" inside the Soviet Union that forced them to move. I'll have to research that. I sure do remember the collapse and when the wall came down but never read any literature on the years leading up to the collapse or the reverberations from it in the years to come.

God bless Lt. Colonel Stolyarsky and may he rest in peace.....

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Moldavia once belonged to Romania. There are a number of ethnic groups there that are not friendly to each other. A lot of
Moldavans wanted to join with Romania. The Russians came in to Transneistria which is across the Prut to keep the peace and are still there.

Since the Veteran moved to Moldavia after he retired from the Red Army, maybe some of his ethnic neighbors wanted him to go back to the Ukraine or Russia?

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Thanks for sharing this. I wish the link had more info on the "tension" inside the Soviet Union that forced them to move. I'll have to research that. I sure do remember the collapse and when the wall came down but never read any literature on the years leading up to the collapse or the reverberations from it in the years to come.

God bless Lt. Colonel Stolyarsky and may he rest in peace.....

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The link does have excellent info(the testimony of Stolyarsky) on the tension that Jews and Russians faced after the collapse of the USSR.
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