Order of Merit for the Fatherland

Order of Merit for the Fatherland
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Star of the Order of Services to the Fatherland (1st class)
Awarded by  Russia
Type four grade order
Eligibility Russian and foreign citizens
Awarded for Outstanding contributions to the state, labour achievements and significant contributions to the defence of the State
Status Active
Statistics
Established March 2, 1994
Total awarded 29 first class,
193 second class
579 third class
1283 fourth class
Precedence
Next (higher) Order of St George
Next (lower) Order of Alexander Nevsky
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Ribbon of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland (1st class)
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Ribbon of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland (2nd class)
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Ribbon of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland (3rd class)
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Ribbon of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland (4th class)
Cross and star

The Order of Merit for the Fatherland (Russian: Орден «За заслуги перед Отечеством») was instituted on 2 March 1994 by Presidential Decree. The statutes describe it as a decoration for merit, not an order of knights.

The order has a collar and four classes. The collar and a slightly different badge are the insignia of the President of the Russian Federation. The only foreigner to have received a collar was the French President Jacques Chirac[1]. There is an associated medal, in two classes, gold and silver.

Although Russia is usually considered a "motherland", the word oтечество means "fatherland".

References

  1. ^ World Orders of Knighthood and Merit Page 1527




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