Veteran: Russian Arctic Convoy medals mean a lot
18 June 2013 Last updated at 09:49 BST
Hundreds of Arctic Convoy veterans are to receive a Russian bravery medal.
The government has decided to let the veterans wear the Ushakov Medal after previously saying it broke rules in foreign decorations, because veterans had already received a UK medal for their service.
But an exception has been made and President Putin awarded the first of those medals earlier this week.
Len Dibb-Weston was a merchant seaman who spent three weeks in the Arctic during World War II.
Speaking to the Today programme, he said: "It's full recognition by the Russians. It means a lot and we're very proud to wear the Russian medals."
First broadcast on the Today programme on Tuesday 18 June.