Established November 25, 1935. It was awarded to citizens for achievements in production, research, and social activity as well as for the promotion of economic, scientific, technological, and cultural ties between the USSR and other countries. It was also awarded for significant contributions to basic and applied research.
The award consists of an oval shield in solid silver edged with gilded oak leaves. In the center of the shield are a man and woman holding red enameled banners with the inscription "Workers of all Countries, Unite!" in gilt Cyrillic letters. The award also has the letters "CCCP" underneath the inscription as well as a red enameled star between the banners. The bottom of the award has the inscription "Insignia of Honour". The award is suspended form a pentagonal ribbon that is a very light orange color with a 3mm dark orange stripe on each edge.
Over 1,000,000 Order Badges of Honour have been issued. On December 28, 1988, the Order Badge of Honour was replaced with the Order of Honour. The Order of Honour differs from the Order Badge of Honour in the lower portion of the medal. The inscription "Insignia of Honour" is replaced by a gilt hammer and sickle in the Order of Honour. The Order of Honour has been awarded 400 times.
Established September 7, 1928. It is awarded for outstanding service in labour to the USSR in the areas of production, science, culture, literature, art, education, and health care.
The award consists of a solid silver geared wheel with white enamel between the spokes of the wheel. Around the edge of the wheel is the inscription "Workers of all Countries, Unite!" The center of the wheel is a medallion with a ring of gilt oak leaves with the image of a dam and blue enameled water. On top of the dam is a gilt hammer and sickle. The medallion is topped with a red enameled banner edged in silver gilt with the inscription "CCCP" in gilt. The lower part of the award contains ears of wheat bound in the center with a red enameled star. The medal is suspended by a pentagonal ribbon that is light blue with a 3mm dark blue stripe on each edge.
It has been awarded over 800,000 times.
Established January 18, 1974. It was awarded to workers and foremen in industry, transport, construction, and other areas of manufacture for highly efficient work on a specific project and for innovations, inventions, or ideas that lead to greater efficiency. It was also awarded to teachers for major achievements in the education of children and young people.
The 3rd Class award consists of a solid silver geared wheel with the inscription "Labour Glory" around the circumference. The center of the wheel shows the construction of a new plant superimposed by the hammer and sickle. At the top of the award is a red enameled star edged in silver gilt and at the bottom are gilded ears of wheat bound with a red enameled banner with the letters "CCCP" in gilt. The medals is suspended by a pentagonal ribbon with equally sized grey and yellow stripe. The grey stripe is solid with a 2mm yellow stripe on the edge. The yellow stripe is divided by three 2mm red stripes separated by two 2mm yellow stripes. The 2nd Class award differs from the 3rd Class award in that the hammer and sickle are in silver gilt and the background of the construction is in blue enamel. The grey side of the ribbon is the same as the 3rd Class award, but the yellow side contains two 3mm red stripes in the center separated by a 2mm yellow stripe. The 1st Class award is made entirely of silver gilt except for the geared wheel and the construction scene. The background of the construction is in red enamel. The grey side of the ribbon is the same as the other classes, but the yellow side contains a single 5mm red stripe in the center.
Over 500,000 of the Orders have been issued.
Established October 31, 1967. It is awarded to citizens and to other countries for a significant contribution to the establishment and consolidation of Soviet power, for valour displayed in combat against enemies of the Soviet State, and for strengthening peace between peoples. It can only be presented once.
The award consists of a 43mm silver gilt star with red enameled arms and gilded beams of light radiating from between the arms of the star. In the center of the star is a solid silver pentagon showing the Soviet cruiser "Aurora". Above the ship is a red enameled banner with the inscription "October Revolution" in gilt Cyrillic letters. Below the ship is a solid gold hammer and sickle. The award is suspended by a pentagonal red ribbon with five narrow blue stripes separated by narrow red stripes.
It has been issued over 100,000 times.
Established December 17, 1972. The Order is awarded to citizens and other countries for outstanding service in the promotion of cooperation and friendship between peoples and in the strengthening of peace.
The award consists of a solid silver star with red enameled arms and a gilt outline of a second star within the arms. Between the arms of the star are gilded rays of light. In the center of the star is ring of silver shaking hands with the USSR State emblem in gilt in the center of the ring on a white enameled background. Around the emblem is the inscription "Friendship Among Peoples" and green enameled laurel branches. Between the lower arms of the star is a small red enameled banner with the inscription "CCCP" in gilt Cyrillic letters. The award is suspended from a pentagonal red ribbon with two narrow yellow stripes in the center as well as a 4mm green stripe to the right and a 4mm blue stripe to the left of the red. On the edges of the ribbon are 1.5mm white stripes.
The award has been issued 10,000 times.
Established December 28, 1988. The order is awarded to civilians of the USSR for courage and valour in the rescue of human life, for fighting crime and natural disasters, or for emergencies involving the risk of life.
The award consists of a solid silver gilt star with a ring of silver oak leaves seen between the arms of the star. In the center of the star is a white enameled shield with a dark enameled oval medallion that contained the inscription "For Personal Courage" in gilt Cyrillic letters. Above the inscription is a red enameled star with a gilt hammer and sickle and below the inscription is a red enameled banner with the letters "CCCP" in gilt. The award is suspended by a pentagonal red ribbon with three 2mm white stripes on the edges separated by two 2mm red stripes.
It has been issued 400 times.