Order of the October Revolution

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Order of the October Revolution
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The insignia of the Order of the October Revolution
Awarded by the Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
TypeSingle-grade order
EligibilitySoviet and foreign citizens and institutions, including military units and administrative areas
Awarded for"Services furthering communism or the state, or in enhancing the defences of the Soviet Union"
StatusNo longer awarded
EstablishedOctober 31, 1967
First awardedNovember 4, 1967
Last awardedDecember 21, 1991
Total awarded106,462
Next (higher) Order of Lenin
Next (lower) Order of the Red Banner
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Ribbon of the Order of the October Revolution

The Order of the October Revolution (Russian : Орден Октябрьской Революции, Orden Oktyabr'skoy Revolyutsii) was instituted on October 31, 1967, in time for the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution. It was conferred upon individuals or groups for services furthering communism or the state, or in enhancing the defenses of the Soviet Union, military and civil. It is the second-highest Soviet order, after the Order of Lenin.

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1967 USSR commemorative stamp

The insignia of the Order consisted of a badge, which was a red star with golden rays between the arms; at the centre was a pentagon bearing the image of the cruiser Aurora participating in the October Revolution. Above this was a red flag bearing the words "October Revolution" in Russian. A Hammer and Sickle emblem was placed at the bottom. The badge was worn on the left chest with a red ribbon bearing five blue stripes at the centre.

The Aurora was itself awarded the Order, the only ship ever to have received the award. Military units and institutions receiving the award applied the order name to their title upon its reception.

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