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U.S. Tour of Duty

Part One: In Search of the Russian Soul Coin

Part One: In Search of the Russian Soul Coin

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This is the original challenge coin—the one that started it all! Built around a 26-day, 12-city tour in support of the publication of Scott Ritter’s book, Disarmament in the Time of Perestroika, in Russia, this coin helped promote the underlying notion of “one handshake at a time”—the idea that every American is a goodwill ambassador who can help repair relations between the United States and Russia simply by taking the time to get to know the Russian people and befriend them “one handshake at a time.” The challenge coin phenomenon began with the issuance of this coin, meant to serve as a token of the author’s appreciation for the friendship and hospitality of the Russian people. Each coin is uniquely numbered and comes with a card containing QR codes that link to updates and exclusive content for supporters of the project. 

Date of the trip: April 30-May 25, 2023

Each coin is engraved with a unique serial number, acknowledging the fact that there is only a limited number of each coin in circulation. While the original intent of the Waging Peace Challenge Coin was to provide a representational token of appreciation from Scott Ritter to the Russian people he met while in Russia, the popularity of the concept was such that some of the coins have been made available for sale to the public, with the proceeds from the sale going to help fund the costs associated with the making of a three-part documentary film, Waging Peace, which covers the three journey’s undertaken by Scott Ritter in his search for the Russian soul and the “real” Russia. Each coin can be bought separately, or as a set.

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