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  1. On a personal (humorous) note, I think western intelligence agencies should recall all spies from Russia and open a mint near Moscow to produce medals.  They'd get their orders in most probably days before the field commanders got their marching orders!

  2. Medal "For the Liberation of Palmyra"

    Established on 14 May 2016 by ministerial order 273.  Awarded to servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and of the Syrian Arab Army, for direct participation in the heroic storming and liberation of Palmyra during the period from the 13th to 27th of March 2016, as well as to the planners and leaders of military operations during the liberation of the Syrian city. The medal may also be awarded to civilians, for their assistance in dealing with the tasks entrusted to the united military forces in conducting military operations for the liberation of Palmyra.

    Said to have been minted in approx 3000 copies.  Syrians receive medal with a different ribbon.  Green with national red-white-black central stripes.

    Collectors of Soviet militaria will no doubt notice the resemblance in design to the "liberation" medals of WW2.  Still trying to find a decent photo and design on the reverse.  These have been awarded already in ceremonies held in Syria.

    medal liberation of Palmyra.jpg

    Medal "For the Demining of Palmyra"

    Established on 14 May 2016 by ministerial order 277.  Awarded to soldiers of the International EOD Center of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, and in some cases, to other citizens, for dedication, courage and professionalism in conducting demining operations in the Syrian city of Palmyra in April and May 2016, for the performance of tasks in the detection and neutralization of explosive devices in the area, as well as for the organization and manual demining.

    Also rumoured to have been minted in numbers around 3000.  The ribbon is similar to the ribbon from the Medal "Participant in Military Operations in Syria", the Syrian national colours have simply been reversed on it. 

    medal for the demining of Palmyra.jpg

  3. On 3/30/2016 at 02:38, Hendrik said:


    I don't think so. The first idea, i.e. a faded blue and black ribbon for this knight class of the Order of Leopold II, is the correct one for me.



    I agree, I have a few on period ribbons just like that.

  4. Is it rare?  In Russia, not really...  Outside of Russia, yes, quite...  It is a state award and illegal to export out of the Russian Federation.  That's the main reason why this section contains mostly ministerial level awards.

    It's a Medal of the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" 2nd Class.  It is awarded to citizens of the Russian Federation for outstanding achievements in various fields of industry, construction, science, education, health, culture, transport and other areas of work.

    Is it real?  Looks like the real McCoy to me...  Yours?


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