Since Zinaida’s death five years ago, the old man and father of three lives alone in a small apartment in Novoberezovsky, near Yekaterinburg.
In 2005 he was made Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest decoration, after his story was made public for the first time.
The only survivor of the Drome Maquis group, Vasenin said he will live at least until he sees Jeanne again.
“Je t’aime” [I love you] are the only words he still remembers in French, but “it will suffice,” he said.
Will his life have a fairytale ending? It remains to be seen. However, his friends and relatives have already made contact with the French authorities in the hope of reuniting him with Jeanne once more.