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Imperial Russian Orders & Medals 1 - Overview - Order of Precedence - Soldiers' Awards for Valour - Officers' Awards for Valor - Awards for Merit


 

 

 
Tsar Nicholas II in Naval Uniform
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During his lengthy tour of Western Europe, Tsar Peter witnessed the pomp and splendour of the royal courts, with sovereigns and courtiers wearing decorations and medals.  When he returned to Russia in September 1698, he decided to adopt the Western style and created Imperial Russia's system of orders and medals.

Imperial Russian / Tsarist orders and military decorations (after M. Ruhl)

The order of hierarchy of Imperial Russian awards was:

Order Recipients*
   

Order of St. Andrew the First-Called

The Imperial Family, nobility and senior foreign dignitaries
Order of St. Catherine The Imperial Family, nobility, foreign queens and other princesses of high rank
Order of St. Alexander Nevsky High-ranking officials, both Civil and Military
Order of St. George To officers for courage or merit:
  • First and Second Classes - Reserved for senior staff officers and higher; only awarded at the pleasure of the Tsar.
  • Third Class - Reserved for senior staff officers.
  • Fourth Class - For extreme acts of bravery in the face of the enemy.
Order of St. Anna For courage or merit; the Fourth Class of the Order was reserved for acts of bravery.
Order of St. Vladimir For acts of bravery and/or meritorious service
Order of the White Eagle For acts of bravery and/or meritorious service
Order of St. Stanislas For  acts of bravery and/or meritorious service
   
*An exception to this hierarchy that the Tsars exercised on many occasions was the bestowal of the higher degrees of the various orders, often with diamonds, upon foreign royalty and dignitaries.
 

 

 

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