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Soviet M1969 parade uniform for a MVD - Soviet internal forces - captain. 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 but also with the general public safety, which was demonstrated when the Chernobyl nuclear disaster struck in 1986.
This uniform type and maroon/brick red branch color was introduced in 1969 regulations. The shoulder boards are golden with four small metal golden stars and the collar tab insignia are army type on maroon backing. Overall, the uniform is a standard army cut set in fine quality. The shoulder boards are hardly oxidized and hence in a very good condition.
The awards on the uniform indicate a 1970-1980s career in the MVD starting out in the mid 1970s as indicated by the 1978 medal "60th anniversary of the Soviet armed forces" followed by the 1982 medal for the 1500th anniversary of Kiev - and finally the 10 years of irreproachable service medal, in this case the firefighter version. Mounted above these is the fatal award "To the Liquidators of Chernobyl", issued in the late 1980s to the personnel involved in the clean up after the accident in the Chernobyl nuclear plant. The medal, which was the first official award - and the only one issued by the Soviet Union. Post 1991, there has been several awards and badges issued to those who participated and was still alive to receive the award. In general, the awards on the uniform all show wear, especially to the ribbons. On the wearers right is a blue and white enamel graduation badge rhombus in brass for a technical university.
The size of the uniform is about size 48 russian or 38US. The visor cap is a 43Tsepk size 57 piece. The uniform comes with matching wave green trousers, yet the piping appears to be more red than maroon. The belt is included. This uniform would be a great addition to any collection related to the cold war in general or the Chernobyl accident in particular.
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