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200th Anniversary of Interior Troops 1811 - 2011


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Two decorations have been created to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Interior Troops (VV MVD), a medal and a breast badge.

Jubilee Medal 200 Years of Interior Troops 1811 - 2011.

Established on 24 September 2010 by ministerial order 679. Awarded to soldiers and members of the civilian staff of internal forces, as well as to citizens discharged from military service who impeccably served for (worked for) 20 years or more, or that are receiving a disability pension (without a set length of service) or who are combat veterans. Can be awarded both Russian and foreign citizens.

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Jubilee Breast Badge 200 Years of Interior Troops 1811 - 2011.

Established on 24 September 2010 by ministerial order 680. Awarded to military and civilian personnel of internal troops of Russia who conscientiously fulfill their duties and responsibilities regardless of length of service. For assisting the internal forces in carrying out their assigned tasks and/or combat missions as well as for international cooperation with Interior Ministry troops of Russia. Can be awarded both Russian and foreign citizens.

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Internal troops wear the same uniform as members of the armed forces. There are many ways to identify them as Internal Troops.

They wear a red beret. Their ministerial and departmental medals and badges (for merit etc) will all be Interior MInistry (MVD) awards.

Eventhough they use the same cap cockades as the regular armed forces, they wear the ministerial eagle of the MVD over it (vice the Defense Ministry eagle).

You will always find the patch of Internal Troops (red cross on white background) on their left upper sleeve and their district patch on the right upper sleeve.

The keen eye will have noticed the leading officer in the top picture wearing many combat valour awards. Internal Troops were used extensively in the Caucasus and Chechnya alongside regular formations.

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TacHel, the colour of beret is dark red, bloody red - "краповый". In camouflage marching the detachment of 21st separate brigade special purpose "21 отдельная бригада особого назначения- 21 ОБрОН" , "Софринская". Only they wear "krapovy beret" to right, usually (others special force of Interior Troops of MIA) wears to left. You can check: www.bratishka.ru or ask immediatelly of former company commander of this brigade - Valery Chernyshov (lives in Toronto now :rolleyes:).

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Only they wear "krapovy beret" to right, usually (others special force of Interior Troops of MIA) wears to left.

Very interesting info, I had no idea. I remember seeing berets hanging on the opposite side but figured regulations had changed or the pics had been posted backwards as is so often seen in magazines or books. Thanks for the heads up! Very much appreciated!

:cheers:

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With pleasure! Next step: on photo #3 - SPetersburg military institute of IT (Санкт-Петербургский военный институт внутренних войск). The grifon on the top of right sleeve of mr.general - emblem of North-West region command of IT of MIA.

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I wasn't aware of the 21st OBRON's beret either--that's great info! :beer:

Frank: In addition to the red beret's of the 21st and the MVD Spetsnaz, there's also a newer one introduced more recently--a green beret for intelligence, which is about the same hue as the Border Troops green, if I recall right (ie, but not as dark as US green berets).

Gaffken

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