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  1. WOW! Now there's something you don't see everyday!!
  2. My bosses would L-O-O-O-O-V-E to get a phone call from the Russian consulate informing them I was being decorated by them... I'd probably lose my security clearance and get water boarded! Oh by the way... Have a looksee here: CLICK HERE TO WIKI PAGE Actually, it's pretty much the same in the USA... Look at the different service awards then add all of the states' National Guard awards, ROTC, etc... Those 2 countries really do love their bling!
  3. I'll be honest with you... I almost started crying when I saw this... I'm seriously considering going back to collecting beer labels!
  4. A preview of more to come, these are the new long service awards for 10, 15 and 20 years of service within the new Russian National Guard. A few more... Left - Medal "For Valour" 2nd class (the 1st class is gilt and with a single central red stripe in the blue half of the ribbon. Center - Medal "Veteran of Service" for 25 years of service. Right - Medal "For the Promotion of the National Guard"
  5. I just secured 6 of the new awards... They'll be in the mail tomorrow.
  6. It was just a matter of time. Following the dissolution of the Internal Troops (VV MVD) and establishment of the Russian National Guard on April 5, 2016 by decree of the President of the Russian Federation № 157, new departmental awards were created by Order of the National Guard of Russia № 50 of February 14, 2017. I'm presently translating the lenghty document and am already at work producing a new Wiki page. Here's a teaser below... Above - Honoured Fellow of the National Guard of Russia (highest departmental award). Left - Medal "For Distinction in Combat". Center - Decoration "For Distinction in Service". Right - Medal "For Service in Strengthening Law Enforcement".
  7. Ah! You haven't seen anything yet! Have a looksee at my latest update... And those are the ones I'm 100% sure of. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awards_and_emblems_of_the_Ministry_of_Defence_of_the_Russian_Federation#Decorations_.22For_Merit.22
  8. It seems every department of the Defence Ministry is now awarding decorations "For Merit" (to WOs and officers) and "For Distinction" (to Cpls, Sgts and M/Sgts). Here are my last 2 arrivals from the Armoured Automotive Management. Established in February 2014. They might look a bit plasticky, but are all metal and enamels.
  9. Well... Not only have I found the establishment order... I actually received some decorations... See photo below. The 2 lower ones (also in my previous post) are Decorations "For Merit in the Destruction of Chemical Weapons", bronze and silver grades. Established on 24 July 2004 by order 131 of the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation. I have still to find the integral order. The coloured beads seem weird for an official military award but heh... I wonder if the colours have any significance to chemical weapons' disposal? White-blue-red... Any ideas out there?
  10. They have very few Army Generals (4 star US equivalent)... Even defense minister Shoigu is only an Army General... The service commanders are only colonel-generals (Lt-Gen)... For a few years the commander of the air force was only a major-general.
  11. Very nice work!
  12. OMON to the National Guard? How incredibly odd! It's the equivalent to SWAT...
  13. I'd even go as far as to say it was a wartime confection. Post war, the commemorative medal(s) would've appeared in between these two.
  14. Wow! How on Earth did I miss that? No more VV MVD... Dang... Is OMON going into the Ministry of Justice or the FSB? OMG I hadn't thought of that... They'll produce new awards... Megan'll l-o-v-e that!