Order "For Personal Courage"

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Order "For Personal Courage"
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Badge of the Order "For Personal Courage"
TypeSingle-grade order
Awarded forshowing outstanding courage and bravery during life-saving, keeping of public order and safeguard of State property
Presented bythe Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
EligibilitySoviet citizens
StatusNo longer awarded
EstablishedDecember 28, 1988
First awardedFebruary 3, 1989
Last awarded1994
Total629 [1]
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Ribbon of the Order "For Personal Courage"

The Order "For Personal Courage" was established by Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on December 28, 1988.

Junior Sergeant B. Mazurov, left, of the Tula Guards 106th Airborne Division, who distinguished himself in Afghanistan, being awarded the Order for Personal Courage RIAN archive 476148 Afghan veteran awarded order.jpg
Junior Sergeant B. Mazurov, left, of the Tula Guards 106th Airborne Division, who distinguished himself in Afghanistan, being awarded the Order for Personal Courage

This decoration could be awarded to any USSR citizen showing outstanding courage and bravery during life-saving, keeping of public order and safeguard of state property, as well as for fighting crime, environmental catastrophes, and other exceptional events.

The award was designed by Alexander Zhuk and represents a silver gilded silver star with the words "For Personal Courage" and "USSR" written on it. It was replaced in Russia by the Order of Courage in 1994, which has different look. The Russian version was only awarded at least 100 times, while the previous version was awarded 529 times. Many medals were made, but were mostly unissued.

The order was first awarded on February 3, 1989, to a teacher of school No. 42 in the city of Ordzhonikidze (now Vladikavkaz) Natalia Vladimirovna Efimova. Her class was taken hostage and later freed in a police operation.

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