Medal "Veteran of Labour"

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Medal "Veteran of Labour"
Ветеран труда 1.jpg
Medal "Veteran of Labour" (obverse)
Awarded by  USSR
Type Civilian long service medal
Eligibility Citizens of the Soviet Union
Awarded for A long and distinguished career
Status No longer awarded
Statistics
Established January 18, 1974
Total awarded 39,197,100
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Ribbons of the Medal "Veteran of Labour"
Reverse of the Medal "Veteran of Labour"
Poet and bard Evgeny Agranovich, a recipient of the Medal "Veteran of Labour"
Nine time Olympic gold medalist Larisa Latynina, a recipient of the Medal "Veteran of Labour"
Scientist and optics engineer Vladimir Polukhin, a recipient of the Medal "Veteran of Labour"

The Medal "Veteran of Labour" (Russian: медаль «Ветеран труда») was a civilian labour award of the Soviet Union established on January 18, 1974 by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR[1] to honour workers for many years of hard work in the national economy, sciences, culture, education, healthcare, government agencies and public organizations.[1] Although it only had a relatively short eighteen years of existence, it was awarded nearly forty million times. Its regulations were detailed and approved by decree number 5999-VIII of May 20, 1974.[2] Its statute was amended by multiple successive decrees of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, first on June 8, 1977,[3] then on August 12, 1983[4] and lastly on December 28, 1987.[5] The medal ceased to be awarded following the December 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Medal statute[edit]

The Medal "Veteran of Labour" was awarded to workers for many years of hard work in the national economy, sciences, culture, education, healthcare, government agencies and public organizations.[1] The medal was awarded to workers, farmers and employees in recognition of their lifelong labour on reaching the seniority required for a long-service pension or retirement age.[4] Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR number 5822-IX of June 8, 1977[3] added the rank and file and the officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs as potential recipients under the same award criteria as the labourers mentioned in the August 12, 1983 decree.[4]

Recommendations for award were made jointly by administrators of Party and trade union organizations, enterprises, institutions and organizations based on nominations from working groups or workforce councils. The list of potential recipients was then forwarded to municipal, district, or Party and government bodies for final approval.[5] In the case of members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the list of nominations was forwarded to the Minister of Internal Affairs for final approval.[3]

Award ceremonies of the Medal "Veteran of Labour" usually took place in the work place of the recipients and were made on behalf of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Union or of Autonomous Republics, the executive committees of regional and provincial Soviets, Moscow Soviet, Leningrad Soviet, or of the city Soviets of People's Deputies of the capitals of Soviet republics.[1]

The Medal "Veteran of Labour" was worn on the left side of the chest and in the presence of other medals of the USSR, immediately after the Medal "For Valiant Labour in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945".[1] If worn in the presence of awards of the Russian Federation, the latter have precedence.[6] Each medal came with an attestation of award, this attestation came in the form of a small 8 cm by 11 cm cardboard booklet bearing the award's name, the recipient's particulars and an official stamp and signature on the inside.[1]

Medal description[edit]

The Medal "Veteran of Labour" was designed by artist SA Pomansky. It was a 34 mm in diameter circular medal struck from tombac and then silver plated and oxidised. The obverse of the medal bears the relief image of the hammer and sickle over the inscription "USSR" (Russian: «СССР») with diverging rays, a laurel branch spans the width of the obverse from right to left passing under the sickle's handle in an upward curve, along the lower and right circumference, a ribbon bearing the relief inscription "VETERAN OF LABOUR" (Russian: «ВЕТЕРАН ТРУДА»). The otherwise plain reverse bears the inscription on four lines "FOR LONG DILIGENT WORK" (Russian: «ЗА ДОЛГОЛЕТНИЙ ДОБРОСОВЕСТНЫЙ ТРУД»).[2]

The Medal "Veteran of Labour" was secured by a ring through the medal suspension loop to a standard Soviet pentagonal mount covered by a 24mm wide overlapping silk moiré ribbon with 1 mm wide white edge stripes and coloured from left to right by a 7 mm wide dark grey stripe, an 8 mm wide light grey stripe, and three 2 mm wide red stripes separated by two 0.5 mm wide white stripes.[2]

Apparently, there is a variation of the medal, being stuck in silver as opposed to tombac, but this has not yet been verified.[7]

Recipients (partial list)[edit]

The individuals below were all recipients of the Medal "Veteran of Labour".[8][9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of January 18, 1974" (in Russian). Legal Library of the USSR. 1974-01-18. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  2. ^ a b c "Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of May 20, 1974 No. 5999-VIII" (in Russian). Legal Library of the USSR. 1974-05-20. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  3. ^ a b c "Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of June 8, 1977 No. 5822-IX" (in Russian). Legal Library of the USSR. 1977-06-08. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  4. ^ a b c "Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of August 12, 1983" (in Russian). Legal Library of the USSR. 1983-08-12. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  5. ^ a b "Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of December 28, 1987" (in Russian). Legal Library of the USSR. 1987-12-28. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  6. ^ "Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of September 7, 2010 No 1099" (in Russian). Russian Gazette. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  7. ^ http://soviet-awards.com/medals22.htm#medal42
  8. ^ "List of recipients of the Medal "Veteran of Labour" compiled from en.Wikipedia". Wikipedia. 
  9. ^ "List of recipients of the Medal "Veteran of Labour" compiled from ru.Wikipedia" (in Russian). Wikipedia. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 

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