Order of Lenin

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Order of Lenin
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The Order of Lenin ribbon.
Strap buckle

The Order of Lenin ( Russian Орден Ленина / Transliteration Orden Lenina ) was the highest honor in the Soviet Union named after Vladimir Ilyich Lenin .


The order was established by the All-Russian Central Executive Committee on April 6, 1930 and confirmed by decree on May 5. It was awarded for the first time on May 23rd to the editorial staff of Komsomolskaya Pravda . The Order of Lenin was awarded to:

It was awarded to people who promoted friendship and peace or rendered outstanding services to Soviet society or the state. The order was also given to factories, cities, regions or republics. The medal could be awarded several times to the same person, eight cases of eleven recipients are documented.

During the Second World War , around 36,000 medals were awarded to soldiers of the Red Army and Allied forces, and another 5,000 were awarded to civilians. Institutions and facilities have received it 500 times.

The order was awarded until the dissolution of the Soviet Union (1991).


The medal of the one-class order was a round medallion with a portrait of Lenin looking to the left, above which a red enamelled flag with the Cyrillic inscription "ЛЕНИН" (LENIN) floated. The medallion was surrounded by a wreath of gold ears with a small red star on the left and the hammer and sickle symbol at the bottom. The order was worn on a pentagonal clasp. The ribbon was red with double gold stripes on both sides. The medallion was made of pure gold and the portrait of Lenin in platinum .

Known porters

Bearers of the Order of Lenin were among others:

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Order of Lenin: History and Value
  2. a b Waldemar Trojca: History of the Great Patriotic War. Soviet aviator ace 1941–1945. VDM, Zweibrücken 2019, ISBN 978-3-86619-152-5 , p. 98

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