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  1. Established by order 342 on 18 June 2015 (I completely missed this one)... The gold badge is awarded to the winner of the annual contest "Best Young Scientist of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation", the silver badge goes to the two second place winners and the bronze to the three third place winners.
  2. Apparently this trend is here to stay... A new Defence Ministry medal for being part of a parade, this time, for a naval review. Just established in 2017 by ministerial order 360, Medal "Participant in the Main Naval Parade" (Медаль «За участие В Главном военно-морском параде»). Minister Shoigu is reviving the large anual naval reviews, this year's gatherings of warships will take place on July 30th (Day of the Navy) in multiple port cities of the Russian Federation. (LINK TO REF)
  3. 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".
  4. I usually try to avoid such comments but the last few months have shown me such personal restraint is stupid... The 4 latest medals of the Russian Defence Ministry are made for generals... - 24 Nov 2016 - Order 770 - Medal "Veteran of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation" for 25 years of service if previously awarded higher ministerial or state decorations (not specifically for senior and flag officers but they'll all get it). - 30 Nov 2016 - Order 780 - Medal "Marshal of the Soviet Union A.M. Vasilevsky" awarded specifically to officers of the General Staff... - 10 May 2017 - Order 222 - Medal "Army General Shtemenko" awarded to officers of the General Staff and to military and civilian personnel of the organs of organisational mobilisation... - 24 May 2017 - Order 250 - Medal "100 Years of the Moscow Higher Combined Arms Command School" awarded to cadre personnel and people who assisted the school (wait for it, half the general staff will get it). Also of note: the ribbon of the Medal "Veteran of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation" has been modified to only include a single black stripe in the yellow field vice the 2 original ones usually reserved for commemorative awards. The Medal "100 Years of the Moscow Higher Combined Arms Command School", although clearly a commemorative piece, has a single black stripe in the yellow field of its ribbon. You can see these latest additions here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awards_and_emblems_of_the_Ministry_of_Defence_of_the_Russian_Federation#Medals
  5. So I should stop divulging my research and let the CIA err? I don't think it'll be necessary, Trump will probably abolish it any day now...
  6. Absolutely stunning|
  7. WOW! Now there's something you don't see everyday!!
  8. 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!
  9. I'll be honest with you... I almost started crying when I saw this... I'm seriously considering going back to collecting beer labels!
  10. 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"
  11. I just secured 6 of the new awards... They'll be in the mail tomorrow.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. Federal Agency for Safe Storage and Destruction of Chemical Weapons. A department of the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation. Medal for Strengthening the Brotherhood of Chemical Disarmament. I am still searching for the ministerial order and award criteria, if anybody knows where I can find them, please advise. All I've been able to discover so far is that it was instituted in 2007.
  15. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. Very nice work!
  18. OMON to the National Guard? How incredibly odd! It's the equivalent to SWAT...
  19. Ministerial orders 989 of October 31, 2012 and 602 of August 6, 2013 have completely reformed MVD awards. The earlier creating new awards, the latter abrogating the older ones. The current medals of the MVD of Russia are: Medal "For Valour In Service" (Медаль «За Доблесть В Службе») Medal "For Military Valour" (Медаль «За Воинскую Доблесть») Medal "For Explosives Disposal" (Медаль «За разминирование») Medal "For Courage During a Rescue" (Медаль «За смелость во имя спасения») Medal "For Merit in Service in Special Circumstances" (Медаль «За заслуги в службе в особых условиях») Medal "For Military Cooperation" (Медаль «За Боевое Содружество») Medal "For Labour Valour" (Медаль «За трудовую доблесть») Medal "For Impeccable Service in the MVD" (Медаль «За безупречную службу в МВД») Medal "For Distinction In Service" 1st, 2nd & 3rd classes (Медаль «За Отличие В Службе» I, II и III степени) Medal "For Contribution to Strengthening the Rule of Law" (Медаль «За вклад в укрепление правопорядка») UNSURE ABOUT STATUS: Medal "For the Promotion of Interior Troops" (Медаль «За Содействие ВВ МВД») Medal "85 Years of Police Patrols and Sentry Services" (Медаль «85 Лет Патрульно-постовой службе милиции») Jubilee medal "100 years of international police cooperation" (Юбилейная медаль «100 лет международному полицейскому сотрудничесву») All other medals have been abrogated. The current decorations of the MVD of Russia are: Decoration "Honoured Fellow of the MVD" (Нагрудный знак «Почетный сотрудник МВД») Decoration "For Distinguished Service in Special Circumstances" (Нагрудный знак «За отличие в службе в особых условиях») Decoration "For Excellent Service in the MVD" 1st & 2nd classes (Нагрудный знак «За отличную службу в МВД» I и II степени) Decoration "For Distinction in Service of Interior Troops of Russia" 1st & 2nd classes (Нагрудный знак «За отличие в службе ВВ МВД России» I и II степени) Decoration "Excellent Police" (Нагрудный знак «Отличник полиции») Decoration "For the Promotion of the MVD" (Нагрудный знак «За Содействие МВД») Decoration "Participant in Combat Operations" (Нагрудный знак «Участник боевых действий») All other decorations have been abrogated.
  20. 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.
  21. 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!