Mansur Gizatulovich Abdulin worked as a gold miner before the war. After the attack of Nazi Germany on Soviet Union, he entered the army as a volunteer. He fought in the Battle of Stalingrad, the Battle of Kursk, and battles on the Dniepr River, where he was wounded and later demobilized. He served as a mortar crew and an infantryman and received an Order of the Red Star. After the war, he returned to the mining and lives in Orenburg Oblast. Artem Drabkin is an author and historian.