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Order of Friendship of Peoples

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Order of Friendship of Peoples
TypeIndividual/Organizational Award
StatusNo longer issued
EstablishedDecember 17, 1972
First awardedDecember 29, 1972
Last awardedDecember 21, 1991
Total72 760
Next (higher)Order of the Red Banner of Labour
Next (lower)Order of the Badge of Honour

The Order of Friendship of Peoples (Russian: oрден Дружбы народов, romanizedorden Druzhby narodov) was an order of the Soviet Union, and was awarded to persons (including non-citizens), organizations, enterprises, military units, as well as administrative subdivisions of the USSR for accomplishments in strengthening of inter-ethnic and international friendship and cooperation, for economical, political, scientific, military, and cultural development of the Soviet Union.

It was established on December 17, 1972, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Soviet Union. The design of order was created by Alexander Zhuk [ru]. The status of Order was slightly amended by the Supreme Council of the Soviet Union in July 1980. It was abolished in December 1991. In the Russian Federation it was succeeded by the Order of Friendship, also designed by Alexander Zhuk.

The first recipient was the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR), followed by the other republics of the Soviet Union.

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