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Soviet M1969 parade uniform for a MVD - Soviet internal forces - colonel. The MVD served, in short, as the internal watchdog of the Soviet Union, dealing with riots, public unrest, demonstrations and protesters together with the Militia. This uniform type and maroon/brick red branch color was introduced in 1969 regulations. The shoulder boards are golden with three metal golden stars and the collar tab insignia are army type on maroon backing. The buttons are hallmarked 75. Overall, the uniform is a standard army cut set in high quality wool. The shoulder boards are somewhat oxidized and faded.
The awards on the uniform indicate a career in the MVD and its predecessor NKVD et al. from around the end of the Great Patriotic War. While not in combat service, the medal for Victory over Germany is the labor front variant, usually given to factory workers but also to state apparatus personnel and officials - to mention a few. Hence the anniversary awards from 1975 and 1985 are the labor front version. The Order of the Great Patriotic War is Ist class 1985 version. Other awards include the Medal for Labor Bravery, For Protection of Public Order, Medal for Labor Veteran and Medal for Veteran serviceman plus a number of armed forces anniversary awards - and the 50th anniversary of Militia medal anno 1967. The Long service awards are MVD type. Further decorations of interest include the Ukraine SSR Highest Soviet State honorary award and a MVD graduation badge.
The size of the uniform is about size 52 russian or 40-42US. The visor cap is a size 58, Moscow manufactured piece. The uniform comes with matching wave green, maroon piped trousers however these seem to be a sizewise mismatch to the tunic. The belt is not included, but a similar is offered as a separate and optional purchase. Needless to say, this uniform in its completeness is a very rare piece and a must-have for the cold-war niform collector.
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