Medal "For Distinction in the Protection of the State Border of the USSR". The medal "For Distinction in the Protection of the State Border of the USSR" was awarded to military personnel of the border troops of the MGB, Ministry of Internal Affairs, KGB of the USSR and people from the civilian population.
For courage and dedication shown in military operations during the detention of violators of the USSR state border. For the skillful leadership of the military operations of the border guard while protecting the inviolability of the border of the USSR. For high vigilance and initiative actions, as a result of which violators of the state border were detained.
For the skillful organization of the border service and exemplary work to strengthen the state borders of the USSR. For the impeccable service of protecting the state borders of the USSR.
For active assistance to the border troops in their combat work to protect the state borders of the USSR. The medal "For the difference in protecting the state border of the USSR" is worn on the left side of the chest and, in the presence of other medals of the USSR, is located after the medal "Partisan of the Patriotic War", II degree.
In 1966, the description of the medal changed; in 1977 and 1980, the regulation on it. They could reward the medal for new feats and honors. As of January 1, 1995, the medal "For Distinction in the Protection of the State Border of the USSR" made approximately 67,520 awards. The medal "For Distinction in the Protection of the State Border of the USSR" until 1966 was made of silver. Later from nickel silver, silver plated, and then from a copper-nickel alloy.
The medal has the shape of a regular circle with a diameter of 32 mm. On the front side of the coin is a figure of a soldier armed with a PPSh machine gun standing on guard at a border post, in the background are mountains. On the back of the coin there is an inscription in relief letters For distinction in the protection of the state border of the USSR. At the bottom of the circumference are oak branches intertwined with a ribbon.
The convex five-pointed asterisk is shown in the upper part, and the hammer and sickle in the lower part. Both sides of the coin are surrounded by a convex rim around the circumference. The medal is connected with an eye and a ring to a pentagonal block covered with a green silk moire ribbon 24 mm wide with red stripes at the edges of the ribbon 3 mm wide each.
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