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  1. I agree 100%. The design leaves a lot to be desired and has no relation to the military. For such a crude design to be used for such an esteemed military leader is beyond me. Especially for a high Order. The date of institution being so early following the creation of the Federation, it is quite possible that some malcontent in the wood pile reached into the waste basket of rejected designs and slapped the poor marshal's face on it simply for expediency's sake. Anyway, it sure looks that way. And Rick is right on the money, this looks like it's right out of the FSB/KGB design bureau...
  2. Established by decree of the Minister of Defense on 27 March 1995, adopted the same day by the Federal Agency for Government Communication and Information (FAPSI), and also adopted by the Federal Border Service on 5 July 1995. Awarded to military and civilian personnel of the Russian Federation's Armed Forces, and in some cases, ordinary citizens of Russia or foreign citizens for merit in strengthening the brotherhood of arms and fostering military cooperation with friendly nations. The medal shown is from the Defense Ministry. All 3 services use the same ribbon and design on the obverse,
  3. Instituted on 16 May 2003 by decree of the Minister of Defense. Awarded to sailors of the Baltic Fleet who faithfully performed their official duties for 10 years or more as of 18 May 2003; to civilian personnel of the Baltic Fleet who faithfully performed their official duties for 25 years or more as of 18 May 2003; to other persons providing assistance in carrying out the assigned tasks of the Baltic Fleet.
  4. Instituted on 24 January 2001 by decree of the Minister of Internal Affairs. Awarded to members of the Interior Ministry of the Russian Federation for excellent operational performance of duties; for active work in the protection of public order and combating crime; for courage, dedication and achievements displayed during service in the Interior Ministry. Award document with stamp of the Ministry (MVD).
  5. Instituted by decree of the Defense Minister on 18 June 2000. Awarded to members of the Armed Forces for special distinction and exemplary execution of engineering tasks and activities; for merit demonstrated in the design and engineering of weapons and their successful exploitation, for initiative, diligence and hard work in performance aimed at enhancing the combat readiness of engineering troops.
  6. Instituted on 25 March 1998 by decree of the Minister for Emergency Situations. It is awarded to soldiers and civilian employees of the ministry for diligence, effectiveness and work of the highest quality in their official duties and operational tasks for at least 2 years. Worn on the right side of the chest.
  7. The picture below is a great study of Interior Troops. This veteran officer displays an array or decorations that clearly identify him as a "reserve" officer of the Russian National Guard (Interior troops, also called troops of the Interior Ministry). The Russian abbreviation for Interior Troops (as marked on his breast badge for distinguished service first class) is BB MVD. Russian Federation soldiers are not allowed to wear medals of different ministries, when a soldier does wear medals from different ministries, he can only be a member of the reserves. The medals on his left chest: #1 O
  8. Copy of the award document for a 2nd class. And a recently found colour one for the 1st class.
  9. Instituted on 27 January 1995 by decree of the Interior Minister. The Distinguished Service Badge (Cross) is awarded to soldiers of the Interior Ministry of Russia for initiative, diligence and distinction displayed in the discharge of official duties. This gilt example is the 1st class badge, the 2nd class is simply unfinished (bare metal). As is customary for Interior Ministry awards, the swords point down. This award is worn on the right chest.
  10. Yes. According to the medal specifications contained in the official presidential decree of 20 March 1992, they are composed of 21.5 grams of gold. The brooch and attachment loops are only gold plated though and their gold contents is not included in the 21.5 grams.
  11. The ONLY other official (governmental) award bestowed for the Caucasus is from the Ministry of the Interior in the form of the Medal for Combat Service in the North Caucasus 1994-2004. It comes in 2 variants. The early design had no date on the obverse, the post 2004 design has the years 1994-2004 on the obverse. Both have identical reverses consisting of "No" and a space to enter a number. Note: a bogus 10th anniversary medal is easily found on the market. It has an identical obverse as the dated version but has a reverse inscription mentioning the 10th anniversary of the end of the conf
  12. These are some of the semi official or otherwise completely bogus (unofficial++) awards previously bestowed by units, or by civilian or veterans' organizations. Even the 2 fine looking medals are 100% bogus.
  13. Award documents for the 1st and 2nd class crosses.
  14. Instituted by order of the Defense Minister in August 2001. Awarded to personnel of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for service in anti-terrorist operations in the North Caucasus. It is aimed at replacing the very many official, semi official and unit awards bestowed for military service in the Caucasus between 1994 and 2004. It comes in 2 classes, gold and silver, gold being the higher class. Gold class is for officers and warrant officers. Silver class is for other ranks. Even though the cross bears the logo of the Defense Ministry at its center, all troops from the Russian
  15. Instituted in 2008 by decree of the Minister of the Interior. Awarded to recognize the citizens of the Russian Federation and foreign nationals who promote the work carried out by the armed forces of the Interior Ministry of Russia (National Guard) and assist in fulfilling the responsibilities and combat assignments entrusted to the service.
  16. Instituted on 27 July 2007 by decree of the Defense Minister. Awarded to members of the Armed Forces, civilian personnel of the Armed Forces, veterans of the Armed Forces who are in reserve or retired, as well as other citizens of the Russian Federation for great personal contribution to the establishment and development of nuclear weapons for the Russian Federation, for special merit in addressing the challenges facing the Ministry of Defense.
  17. The medal above is the current (2nd) variant. The medal below is the original variant which lasted only a few years.
  18. Instituted on 18 December 2000 by the Minister for Emergency Situations (EMERCOM). Awarded to soldiers of the civil defense forces and civilian personnel of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia for perfect execution of their profession if earlier honored with government or departmental awards and that served in the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia for at least 10 years.
  19. Some Heroes of the Russian Federation.
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