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  1. I refer to these medals as "Umalatova". For those not familiar with the term, it refers to Sazhi Umalatova, a Russian politician who pined for past Soviet glory. She was the chairwoman of the Party of Peace and Unity, they issued their own medals in the Soviet style. These medals were basically to remain in the public eye and to raise funds for the party. You might've contributed to a Russian political party without even knowing it! (I did it myself unknowingly 2 years ago ) If you want to see an interview of this lady, CLICK HERE The page also contains a bit of info on the party. The medals below are ALL "UMALATOVAs", beware of buyers advertizing them as Soviet or Russian military medals. They are in fact, as unofficial as they come. NOTE: This thread is apolitical, I make no remarks about the lady or the party she represents, nor am I trying to dissuade you from purchasing and collecting these medals. My only concern is to inform my fellow collectors as to their true nature. Most dealers have no idea whatsoever!
  2. The MInistry of Defence named multiple medals after Soviet generals and admirals, the Ministry of Emergency Situations and Civil Defence followed suit. Established on 28 June 2012 by ministerial order 372. Awarded to personnel of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (including services, agencies, institutions and organizations attached to the ministry), and to other citizens, for many years of impeccable service to the cause of civil defence, for improving management, communications and the civil defence alarm system, for maintaining a high degree of preparedness.
  3. 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.
  4. Hello, there! I'm Phil, 47, from France, and I'm new here! For my first contribution, I would like to present you my collection of "Projekt 941 Akula" submarines. Also known as "Typhoon" (NATO name), they are the largest submarines ever: 574 ft long (173m), 75 ft wide (23m), and 48.000 tons displacement when submerged. Here are some pictures: From 1981 to 1989, the USSR launched 6 "Typhoons". They all were assigned to the 18th Submarine Division of Northern Fleet and their homeport is Zapadnaia Litsa (Murmansk area). Presently, three ships still are in service: TK-20 "Severstahl", TK-208 "Dmitri Donskoi", and TK-17 "Arkhangelsk". Their armament mainly includes 20 intercontinental missiles (RSM-52), 2 x 650mm torpedo tubes, 4 x 533MM torpedo tubes, anti-aicraft system, and the Typhoons also can lay 40 mines. The crew is 160. Twenty years ago (as I was in the french Navy) I started to collect soviet and russian submarines badges. It was not easy because at this time internet didn't exist and documents were very very scarce!.. But thanks to correspondants in Russia my collection grew up quickly! Unfortunately, this was very frustrating because of the lack of documents: I didn't know what the badges correspond to... So, I finally decided to focus my collection on "Typhoons" only. Here is my collection, as it is today: I'm going to present these badges and medals one by one in my next posts, by telling on which occasion they were issued, and by telling about some details of their design when they have a specific meaning. Further information will be welcome, so don't hesitate to post! ;)
  5. 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...
  6. 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.
  7. There are a great many non governmental organizations issuing medals in modern day Russia. Some of the awards are clearly for service within the organization, many others on the other hand mirror genuine governmental awards using the same designation (or very close) and having quite similar designs and prerequisites for award. The number and quality of these medals often outshines the actual governmental awards they are mimicking. As an example, the Medal for 100 Years of the Submarine Forces of Russia, to date I have found 12 different variations, all official looking and of quite nice quality, but a single "official/governmental" medal was produced by the Defense Ministry. The fact of seeing such awards being worn on the uniforms of serving military or paramilitary personnel does not mean they are officially recognized, regulations were quite lax for a time but are now being applied and these awards will most likely (and hopefully) only show up on vets and civilians in the near future. Such non governmental organizations: -Committee for Public Awards -Russian Awards Committee -Union of Afghanistan Veterans -Ex Presidium of the Soviet Union -Etc etc etc... The list is quite extensive! For State Orders and Decorations, you can go to the official web site of the Commission on State Awards to the President of the Russian Federation. If it isn't there, it isn't official/governmental. It is however only available in Russian, your on line "E-Translator" will be quite useful here. Ministries also issue medals on order of the pertinent minister (vice a presidential decree for state awards). Some are quite easy to authenticate such as the ministries for Defense, Interior and Emergency Situations. This also includes some of their sub departments such as the Federal Protective Service, Federal Security Service, Foreign Intelligence Service and the likes. The reason these are easy to authenticate as "official/governmental" awards is due to the fact their ministry is always clearly identified on the reverse. Defense Ministry medals reverse inscription: Министерство Обороны - Российскoй Федерации (Ministry of Defense - Russian Federation) Interior Ministry medals reverse inscription: Министерства внутренних дел - Российскoй Федерации (Ministry of Internal Affairs - Russian Federation) or the short version: МВД России (MVD Russia). Ministry for Emergency Situations medals reverse inscription: МЧС России (MHS Russia) There are a few exceptions, but they are quite rare. The medal below is for "Veteran of the MVD" (25 years of service in the Interior Ministry). It looks quite official even bearing the emblem of the Ministry and "МВД" on its obverse. But it is in fact a non governmental award bestowed by a civilian organization. Notice the lack of the ministry on the reverse, a dead giveaway.
  8. 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 "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.
  9. Decoration "Submariner-Hydronaut" Established by ministerial order 595 in 2015, exact date to be confirmed, text not yet found. Photos of award to come ASAP. Commemorative Badge "50 Years of the General Directorate for Deep-Sea Research". Established by ministerial order 600 in 2015. Exact date and text to follow with photo.
  10. Without citation The second Chechen war/ Military unit 21005 - 74-th separate guards motor rifle brigade. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/74th_Guards_Motor_Rifle_Brigade
  11. Breast badge of the Presidential regiment. Not the expected white tin but actual heavy metal quality construction. I was quite surprised. Many variations exist from veterans' organizations with Soviet awards on the rectangular block. One variation has the red cross of Kremlin guards on the rectangular block with the numerals "80" superimposed on the star of the shield. I've seen it worn but have yet to find a service order for it.
  12. I've found the order of precedence for state awards of the RF, for the ministry of Emergency situations, for the FSB... But I'll be danged if I can find the one for the defense ministry! They usually list the order of precedence in the quite long ministerial orders detailing uniforms, patches etc. but stop 1/3 of the way down the list with this quite irritating paragraph: "The rest of the medals of the Ministry of Defense are worn in the sequence according to the Heraldic Register of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, maintained by the Military Heraldry Service of the Armed Forces." Well crap!! Try finding that! The Soviets had large posters on walls announcing new awards in WW2! Modern Russia seems to treat everything with secrecy! The crumbs and bits I've found found on the web site of the Russian defense ministry have nearly all been by accident! Can anybody help? Please? How the "H" do Russian servicemen know how to wear their (censored) awards?!?
  13. Decoration "For Service in Military Intelligence in Airborne Troops". Established on October 14, 2014 by ministerial order 740. More info when text of order is found, photo to come ASAP.
  14. New medal of the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation "Participant in military operations in Syria".
  15. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu recently signed an order establishing 3 new ministerial medals, one of which will be named the Medal "For Distinction in Exercises". It will reward soldiers and officers of the Armed Forces displaying special merit in the exercises and training in preparation for large Army and Navy maneuvers. Before the establishment of this medal, the most distinguished officers and warrant officers were awarded the medal "For Distinction in Combat", no more non-combat related awards of this medal will be made. Therefore, the decision was taken by Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu to establish a new medal and making it now possible to reward even soldiers and sergeants. The medal "For Distinction in Combat" (photo above) will no longer be awarded for non-combat related merit. Source the Russian Gazette www.rg.ru
  16. Order 470 of the minister of defence of the Russian Federation of 1 August 2015 merges together the Air Defence Forces and Space Forces under the new designation : "Aerospace Forces". The extensive order contains changes to military heraldry, the basic emblem of the Air Force and all items where it appears (flags, insignia, awards, etc) are amended. This is the new "wings & star" insignia for caps, it replaces the old Soviet style insignia. The change to the basic emblem of the Air Force is the addition of an eight pointed star at the meeting place of the propeller and the cannon. This new insignia denotes the commander in chief of aerospace forces. It is presented to the Commander of Aerospace Forces in a solemn ceremony by the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation or on his behalf by the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation. It is worn over the right breast pocket.
  17. The Commemorative badge "100 Years of Air Defense" was established on November 14, 2014 by ministerial order 828. Oddly, it was abolished after barely nine months by ministerial order 470 of August 1, 2015. It was awarded to military and civilian personnel of the Air Force who have served (have worked) in Aerospace Defence Forces for at least 20 calendar years, for personal contribution to the development of Russian air defences, for high performance in service; may also be awarded to other personnel, in the reserves or retired, who previously served in the Air Force, Air Defence Forces and Aerospace Defence Troops for great personal contribution to the air defence of Russia. May also be awarded to workers of the defence-industrial complex of the Russian Federation and other citizens of the Russian Federation for assistance in solving the problems faced in air defence. Even odder... The very next month, on 25 September 2015, the Commemorative Badge "100 Years of Military Air Defense" was established by ministerial order 565. It even uses the same ribbon... It is awarded to military and civilian personnel of military units of Air Defence Ground Forces, for faithful performance of duties, as well as to other citizens of the Russian Federation for assistance in the tasks assigned to military units of Air Defence Ground Forces.
  18. Орден Александра Невского Instituted: 29 July 1942 as an award of the USSR, confirmed in the current order of precedence in 1992. Awarded: For personal bravery and successful command in action.
  19. A new decoration from the Defence Ministry. Decoration "Participant in demining in the Chechen Republic and in the Republic of Ingushetia" Awarded to members of the Armed Forces for displaying dedication, courage and bravery, professionalism in the performance of assigned tasks in the detection and neutralization of explosive ordnance in Chechnya and Ingushetia; for direct participation in the organization and control of these tasks. 18 November 2015 - Under the auspices of the chief of Engineering troops of the Southern Military District, Major-General Konstantin Smechko, the first 110 soldiers were awarded the new decoration of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation "Participant in demining in the Chechen Republic and the Republic of Ingushetia". Source: Russian Federation Defence Ministry
  20. Established on 1 August 2015 by ministerial order 470. This quite extensive ministerial order sets the awards for the new Aerospace Forces born from the merger of Air Defence Forces and Space Forces.
  21. By authority of Order 470 of the Defence minister of the RF dated 1 August 2015, these air force decorations will now have an associated undress ribbon for every day wear when all awards aren't required. (This is a first for the RF) Air Force decoration "For merit" - Air Force decoration "For distinction" - Commendation of the "Commander in chief of the Air Force" - Decoration "For combat duty in air defence forces".
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