Statements/Appeals from Igor Strelkov

Statement from Igor Strelkov, June 25, 2015, 17:30

Statement Regarding the Cross of St. George and the Proposed “Medal for Military Valour”

Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov
Original: Icorpus.ru

Comrades!

We have a request:

As you know by now, we have been awarding Crosses of St. George. The only difference between these Crosses and the original Cross of St. George version used during the First World War is an engraving and its position [on the Cross]. As of this time, we have created granted approximately 30 of these awards (including several – posthumously), Crosses have been issued to a dozen of award holders.

However, the Cross of St. George is our highest form of recognition at this time. The personalized knives and pistols are also important, but we need another award of a lower rank than the Cross of St. George (which is issued for services rendered in connection with performing tasks directly on the field of battle), but which would permit us to reward [other] military achievements, including those not associated with an extremely high risk to life.

Simply speaking, we consider it necessary to institute an award of a Medal “For Military Valour,” taking, as a starting example, an appropriate USSR medal. Russian Federation does not have claims on this type of award (there is already an approximate equivalent – the Suvorov Medal). With a few changes in design, a medal like that would suit us well.

I propose that there take place a competition for the layout of the specified medal, to be conducted with a quick turnaround deadline. And, once a layout is confirmed, several hundred of these medals (to begin with) would need to be manufactured.

My gratitude, in advance, for all the proposals! I ask that the moderators [of Icorpus.ru] create a separate forum for this discussion.

With respect,

Igor

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