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Medal "For Distinction in Guarding the State Border of the USSR"

Medal "For Distinction in Guarding the State Border of the USSR"
Medal "For Distinction in Guarding the State Border of the USSR" (obverse)
TypeMilitary medal
Awarded forOutstanding military deeds related to state frontier security
Presented by Soviet Union
EligibilitySoviet border troops, servicemen and civilians
StatusNo longer awarded
EstablishedJuly 13, 1950
Total67,000
Ribbon of the Medal "For Distinction in Guarding the State Border of the USSR"
Reverse of the Medal "For Distinction in Guarding the State Border of the USSR"

The Medal "For Distinction in Guarding the State Border of the USSR" (Russian: Медаль «За отличие в охране государственной границы СССР») was a military decoration of the Soviet Union established to recognise outstanding deeds related to state frontier security by members of Soviet Border Troops, servicemen and civilians.

Medal history

The Medal "For Distinction in Guarding the State Border of the USSR" was established on July 13, 1950 by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.[1] Its statute was amended on two occasions by further decrees of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, firstly on March 18, 1977[2] and lastly on July 18, 1980.[3]

Medal statute

The Medal "For Distinction in Guarding the State Border of the USSR" was awarded to soldiers of Border Troops and other military personnel as well as to Soviet citizens for military exploits and special services displayed in the protection of the state borders of the USSR.[1] More precisely:

  • for bravery and selflessness displayed during combat operations aimed at the arrest of violators of the State Border of the USSR;
  • for the leadership of border protection units while ensuring the inviolability of the borders of the USSR;
  • for a high degree of vigilance and proactive actions which resulted in the arrest of violators of the State Border of the USSR;
  • for the skilful organization of border service units and exemplary work to strengthen the borders of the USSR;
  • for the excellent performance of military duties associated with the protection of the state borders of the USSR;
  • for active assistance to border protection forces in their combat assignments aimed at the protection of the state borders of the USSR.[2]

The Medal "For Distinction in Guarding the State Border of the USSR" was bestowed on behalf of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR by the Chairman of the Committee for State Security.[1] It was worn on the left side of the chest and in the presence of other medals of the Soviet Union, immediately following the Medal "Partisan of the Patriotic War" 2nd class.[2] When worn in the presence of orders and medals of the Russian Federation, the latter have precedence.[4]

The Medal "For Distinction in Guarding the State Border of the USSR" awarded to those killed on duty or that have died, along with their relevant award certificates, are transferred to the families for safekeeping and as a memento.[3]

Medal description

The Medal "For Distinction in Guarding the State Border of the USSR" was a 32 mm in diameter circular medal with a raised rim on both sides. The medal was initially struck from silver, after 1966 it was constructed of silver-plated nickel and later of cupro-nickel. The obverse bore the relief image of an erect border guard holding a PPSh-41 submachine gun standing guard beside a border marker with high mountains in the background. The reverse bore a relief inscription on six lines "For Distinction in the Protection of the State Border of the USSR" (Russian: «За отличие в охране государственной границы СССР»), at the top, the relief image of a five pointed star, at the bottom, a relief hammer and sickle over laurel and oak branches.[1]

The Medal "For Distinction in Guarding the State Border of the USSR" was secured by a ring through the medal suspension loop to a standard Soviet pentagonal mount covered by a 24 mm wide green silk moiré ribbon with 3 mm wide red edge stripes.[1]

Recipients (partial list)

The individuals below were all recipients of the Medal "For Distinction in Guarding the State Border of the USSR".

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of July 13, 1950" (in Russian). Legal Library of the USSR. 1950-07-13. Retrieved 2012-04-07.
  2. ^ a b c "Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of March 18, 1977" (in Russian). Legal Library of the USSR. 1977-03-18. Retrieved 2012-04-07.
  3. ^ a b "Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of July 18, 1980 № 2523-X" (in Russian). Legal Library of the USSR. 1980-07-18. Retrieved 2012-04-07.
  4. ^ "Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of September 7, 2010 No 1099" (in Russian). Russian Gazette. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2012-04-07.
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