Award Badge for Service in the Caucasus, early to mid-1990s.
Both the medallion and suspension device are made in brass.
The medallion measures 39.1 mm in height (including eyelet),
41.5 mm in width. The cross has silver finish and lacquer on
the arms and swords, gilt finish on the double-headed eagle,
and "cold" red enamel in the center. The reverse has raised
inscription in Old Slavonic style За службу на Кавказе ("For
Service in the Caucasus"). The inspiration for this award
clearly came from a similar Caucasus Cross from the Imperial
Russia which was awarded in 1860s.
The suspension device is in brass with gilt finish. It has
screw back attachment with a screw plate showing the old
style logo of the Pobeda Factory in Moscow.
In outstanding, excellent condition. Shows only some tiny
dings, no significant wear of any kind. The enamel, gilt,
and silver finish are perfectly preserved. The ribbon is
This award was established in the early 1990s and bestowed
until circa 1996 upon Russian Border Guard and Army troops
who had served with distinction in the North Caucasus and
trans-Caucasian regions. Because the area was a war zone at
the time (in particular during the First Chechen War), the
medal (or "award badge" as it is referred to in Russia) is
considered a combat decoration and highly valued among the
Russian veterans. Reportedly, only 2000 were awarded in
total, a pretty small number by Russian standards. This
badge is still recognized as an award by the current Russian
government, although it has not been awarded since the late