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    Medals for Distinguished Service 1st & 2nd class


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    Most collectors will recognize the Soviet medals below established in 1974 in 2 classes. A quick peak at eBay or dealer's catalogs will show you their market value has sky rocketed as of late. God only knows why...

    What most people do not know, and which I just very recently learned myself from new Russian sources, is that these 2 medals were retained in the awards system of the Russian Federation by a 1992 decree. The were retained "as is", no change whatsoever, same ribbon, same colours etc.

    They were gradually phased out starting in 1994 when the new state awards were established. The last ones awarded were mostly to MVD troops for services in the Chechen Republic in 1995. Do not be surprised to find some with an award document dated after 1990. But none were awarded after 1995. They have now been removed from the RF awards system.

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