Medal "For the Return of Crimea"

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Medal "For the Return of Crimea"
Медаль «За возвращение Крыма»
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Obverse of the medal
Awarded by the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation
Country  Russia
Type Campaign medal
Awarded for Service in Crimea during the 2014 Russian annexation
Campaign(s) Russian military intervention in Ukraine
Established March 21, 2014[1]
First awarded March 24, 2014
Next (higher) Medal "For Labour Valour"
Next (lower) Medal "Mikhail Kalashnikov"
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Ribbon of the medal

The Medal "For the Return of Crimea" (Russian: Медаль «За возвращение Крыма») is a Russian campaign medal of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.[2] The existence of the awards was also confirmed by Yaroslav Roshchupkin, an employee of the Central Military press service.[3]

The medal was awarded to military and civilian personnel of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for services and distinction displayed during the Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, the March 16, 2014 Crimean status referendum, and the entry of Crimea into the Russian Federation as the result of the referendum. The medal can also be awarded to other citizens of the Russian Federation and to foreign citizens for assistance in solving the tasks assigned to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation relating to these security measures taken in the Crimea.[4] Besides the troops it was also awarded to Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov and Krasnodar Krai governor Aleksandr Tkachyov, as well as the Night Wolves leader Alexander Zaldostanov for "helping Crimeans to self-determinate".[5]

Reverse of the medal

As it can be seen at the photo of the reverse side of the medal Russian Defense Ministry has clearly indicated the term of the campaign: February 20 — March 18, 2014. Official date of the beginning of the "Return of Crimea" operation appears February 20 when Viktor Yanukovych was yet an acting head of Ukrainian state. In fact, only the next day President Yanukovych left Kyiv, and it was already 22 February 2014 when the Parliament of Ukraine adopted the Resolution "On the dissociation of the President of Ukraine from fulfillment of constitutional powers and appointment of early presidential elections in Ukraine", used by Russia as a pretext for accusations of the alleged "unconstitutional coup in Ukraine". The fact that (according to the medal) Crimea started its "homing" to Russia two days before Yanukovych's removal from power and his resignation from the post of the President of Ukraine can be considered as an indirect proof that Russia launched its operation against Ukraine of seizing Crimean peninsula on February 20, 2014.[6]


  1. ^ "Хронологический перечень приказов Министра обороны Российской Федерации" [Chronological list of orders of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation] (in Russian). Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. p. 424. Archived from the original on 2015-04-20. Retrieved 2015-04-21.
  2. ^ "Минобороны России учредило медаль "За возвращение Крыма"" [Ministry of Defense of Russia established a medal "For the Return of Crimea"] (in Russian). 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2014-08-30.
  3. ^ "Putin.War (so-called Nemtsov-Report)". Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  4. ^ "Order of the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation of March 21, 2014 № 160" (in Russian). 2014-03-21. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  5. ^ Tschetschenien-Chef Kadyrow bekommt Medaille „Für die Befreiung der Krim“, RIA, June 8th, 2014; "Kadyrow und Tkatschow hatten die Krim bei ihrer Selbstbestimmung unterstützt".
  6. ^ "Эксперты назвали 12 фактов, как медаль "За возвращение Крыма" подставила РФ" (in Russian).

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