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Old 08-16-2009, 07:53 PM   #1
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Jubilee Award Badge "15 Years Of The People's Home Guard Of The P.M.R.".

Here's a badge to commemorate 15 years of Pridnestrovie (1992-2007). Marshal Suvorov's image on the front. Appears to be made of a heavy alloy such as tomback.
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Old 08-16-2009, 08:35 PM   #2
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Re: Pridnestrovie 15 Year Commemorative Badge

Nice piece. I am always looking out for some of the newer stuff coming from the FSU.

I do have to mention that I've always thought the Russians could have done a better job with poor Marshal Suvorov's profile image. For the longest time, because of the hair, ruffled shirt and the turned up nose, I thought it was a profile of some prim, stuffy old "mistress of the house":). The awards in his honor are generally beautiful, but...well, you get the rest.;)

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Old 08-16-2009, 10:36 PM   #3
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Re: Pridnestrovie 15 Year Commemorative Badge

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Here's a badge to commemorate 15 years of Pridnestrovie (1992-2007). Marshal Suvorov's image on the front. Appears to be made of a heavy alloy such as tomback.
More specifically, it's the 15th anniversary of the people's militia, not to be confused with militstiya or police - kind of like the Brit Home Guard or US National Guard. Boy, translation can be difficult sometimes :).
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Re: Pridnestrovie 15 Year Commemorative Badge

Hmmm... I would imagine, given it's size and circumstances, that the "peoples' militia" is another term for Pridnestrovie's standing army- purely defensive.
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Re: Pridnestrovie 15 Year Commemorative Badge

Transnistria (Prinestrovie) has a standing army and air force. The narodnoe opolchenie are irregulars, and may include its regional "cossack" forces.

I don't know what is considered "purely defensive", but Transnistrian news articles themselves reported that Transnistrian volunteers went to at least, Southern Ossetiya, maybe including Abkhazia, and fought in Georgia in 2008.
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Re: Pridnestrovie 15 Year Commemorative Badge

Great information- thanks! After viewing their (Pridnestrovie's) website, I would have thought they had more than enough work at home forging a new country and, with relations being not entirely good with Moldova, would have thought they would keep their forces at home and at some stage of readiness.
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Re: Pridnestrovie 15 Year Commemorative Badge

Now as crazy as this might sound: is it just me, or did all of these regions seem more stable when they were part of the Soviet Union? Now I didn't say happier, just more stable - to borrow State Department speak.:rolleyes:
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