- Order of the Red Banner of Labour
Order of the Red Banner of Labour
The Order of the Red Banner of Labour
Awarded by the Soviet Union Type Single-grade order Eligibility Soviet citizens and institutions including factories Awarded for accomplishments in labour, the civil service, literature, the arts and sciences Status No longer awarded Statistics Established December 28, 1920 First awarded June 28, 1921 Last awarded December 21, 1991 Total awarded 1 224 590 Precedence Next (higher) Order of the October Revolution Next (lower) Order of Friendship of Peoples Related Order of the Red Banner
Ribbon of the Order of the Red Banner of Labour
The Order of the Red Banner of Labour (Russian: Орден Трудового Красного Знамени, Orden Trudovogo Krasnogo Znameni) was an order of the Soviet Union for accomplishments in labour and civil service. It is the labour counterpart of the military Order of the Red Banner. A few institutions and factories, being the pride of Soviet Union, also received the order.
The Red Banner of Labour began as an order of the Russian SFSR on December 28, 1920. The statute establishing the all-Union equivalent was passed on September 7, 1928.
The order consisted of a silver badge in the shape of a cogwheel bearing the motto "Proletarians of the World, Unite!" in Russian. The central disc had the golden "hammer and sickle" emblem superimposed on a dam scene with blue enamel water, and was surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves. Above it was a red banner bearing the Russian initials "СССР" (USSR), and below was a red star flanked by golden panicles of wheat.
It was originally worn as a badge on the left chest, but was later suspended from a light blue ribbon bearing dark blue stripes on the edges.
The first recipient of the Order of the Red Banner of Labour of the RSFSR was Nikita Menchukov for saving an important bridge from being destroyed by flowing ice.
Order of the Red Banner of Labour of the USSR number 1 was presented to the Putilov(later Kirov) Works in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). The first individual awardees were V. Fedetov, A. Shelagin and M Kyatkovsky for the rescue of a polar expedition.
Mikhail Gorbachev received the Order of the Red Banner of Labour for harvesting a record crop on his family's collective farm in 1947 at age 16, an honour which was very rare for someone so young. He is one of the Order's youngest recipients.
Hero Titles Civil and Military Orders Military Orders
Order of Victory • Order of the Red Banner • Order of Suvorov • Order of Ushakov • Order of Kutuzov • Order of Nakhimov • Order of the Red Star • Order of the Patriotic War • Order of Alexander Nevsky • Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky • Order of Glory • Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces
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