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  1. Might I suggest that before you do visit, drop an e-mail to the regimental museum, they might have info on your uncle. I've seen a few buddies of mine return from their visit with a treasure of previously unknown info on relatives including photos. It is an older model lapel pin from the American Fraternal Order of Eagles.
  2. Nice stuff, great family history. If you haven't yet visited the R22R museum in the Quebec citadelle, I urge you to do so in the future. When you do, bring your uncle's items, especially photos and the note books, I guarantee you the curator will be interested. The medal collection at the citadelle is the largest I've seen to date.
  3. I haven't seen any official numbers at all. I'll ask on a few Russian forums but don't hold your breath... They kind of lost control on numbers in the 90s. Add to that the fact these were also produced and bestowed in Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Armenia...
  4. Just got this puppy in. I find it one of the most attractive badges in the quite extensive Russian inventory. Breast badge "210 Years of Russian Courier Communications"
  5. Russian Federation Miscelaneous

    Part of my Russian collection, all post 1991. This album contains awards from the state and smaller ministries and departments.
  6. Russian National Guard

  7. Been a long time since I found a real state award for sale... And actually winning the auction... Jubilee Medal "100 Years of the Trans-Siberian Railway" 1901-2001. Awarded to employees of the railways who worked flawlessly in the industry for 20 years or more, as well as other citizens who have made a significant contribution to the development of the Trans-Siberian railway.
  8. Just learned from an expert it's probably a fake... The maker's mark on the suspension loop is a bit off...
  9. 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
  10. Medals for generals...

    On the way from Moscow
  11. Another medal for a parade

    On the way from Moscow.
  12. 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)
  13. 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.
  14. Medal"Veteran of Chemical Disarmament"' Medal "For Active Participation in Chemical Disarmament"' Medal "For Contributions to Chemical Disarmament"'
  15. The following Russian Defense Ministry medals, although not yet seen by the author , have been approved by ministerial orders: Medal "Chief Marshal of Aviation Kutakhov" Medal "Signal Corps Marshal Peresypkin" Medal "For service in naval surface forces" Medal "Artist Grekov" Medals "All-Army competition" 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Medals "World Championship tank biathlon 2014" 1st, 2nd and 3rd place All hang from the standard Russian pentagonal mount. Sorry for the tiny image, this is as good as it gets for now... All approved Defense Ministry medals (pentagonal mounted ones). NOTE: and yes, I darn near fell off my chair...
  16. 6 new Defense Ministry medals

    Finally found the regulations for these!!! From August 2014. Awarded to military personnel of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and to military personnel of foreign armed forces who ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the annual WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TANK BIATHLON. This is the approved reduction medal for wear on the uniform as detailed in the official event regulations. The medal presented for the competition is of the same design but 60mm in diameter and hangs from a white 32mm wide neck ribbon.
  17. The Defence Ministry has issued new insignia for senior appointments, from commander-in-chief of the army all the way down to individual unit commanders, akin the Russian navy's surface ship and sub commander's badge. Air force squadron commanders, division commanders, chiefs of military hospitals, regimental, brigade... Worn over the right breast pocket. I've seen them in both metal and cloth. I've seen some of them, there's probably a ton of different ones. Here's a sample below. As I find more info, I'll fill you in. These will most definitely become highly collectible! Here's one for a chief of a military hospital, clinic or sanatorium. Commander land forces wearing his senior appointment badge over the right breast pocket.
  18. Some more badges recently seen for sale or up for auction.
  19. Display Eagles

    Wow... Just wow... I feel so inept... Great great work as usual.
  20. 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.
  21. 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".
  22. Medals for generals...

    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...