Research service for Soviet military awards

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Quite often it is possible to find out who received a specific Soviet award. Through the award's serial number or the name of the recipient a lot of fascinating information can be revealed. Have a look at this page for a description of the research process or take a look here to view a number of researched awards from my own collection. The following military awards can be researched:

  • Gold Star Medal (Hero of the Soviet Union)
  • Order of Lenin (if awarded to a service member)
  • Order of the Red Banner
  • Order of Suvorov (all three classes)
  • Order of Kutuzov (all three classes)
  • Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky (all three classes)
  • Order of Alexander Nevsky
  • Order of Ushakov
  • Order of Nakhimov
  • Order of the Patriotic War (both classes, including the 1985 issue)
  • Order of the Red Star
  • Order of Glory (all three classes)
  • Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR (all three classes)
  • Medal for Courage
  • Medal for Combat Merit
  • Medal of Ushakov
  • Medal of Nakhimov

Aside from research via the award's serial number, an unnumbered award can be researched if you know the name of the recipient (for example through the award document). However, to improve the chances of the research being successful, I would like to have as many relevant details as possible (serial numbers, decree dates, date of birth, etc.).

The overview below shows the research fees. I have contacts in both the Central Archive (TsAMO) and the Navy Archive (TsVMA). Army and Air Force research usually takes approximately two to three weeks; all other research can take considerably longer. The results will be emailed to you as digital color photos of the archive documents. If you want to have one of your Soviet awards researched or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.



Basic research via serial number (post-June 1941 awards):

Army award

Navy award

Record card (uchotnaya kartochka)



Basic research via name of recipient:

Army award

Navy award

Record card (uchotnaya kartochka)



Award citation (nagradnoi list)

Usually free*, otherwise $25 (WW2-era awards, long-service awards, wound awards) or $35 (for Cold War-era awards)

Service record, including, if available, close-up of photo of the recipient (uchotno-posluzhnaya kartochka)


Not available

* As of late, most wartime award citations can be found in a free online database, a project of the Russian Ministry of Defense. I would be happy to assist in looking up a certain award citation. In these cases looking up the record card suffices (which must be obtained first in order to link an award's serial number to a specific name and date).


Record card




Award sheet




Service record


  • If I don't know you payment is due in advance.
  • Prices are in US dollars (you can also pay in euros though).
  • I cannot offer discounts for large amounts of research.
  • Medals for Courage and Combat Merit often don't have separate award citations; in this case you will receive photos of the Order (prikaz), which contains a short citation.
  • Sometimes there is no record card; in such cases you will receive an extract of the award issue log (protokol), which contains the recipient's name, rank, award date, and date of issue.
  • Sometimes citations are exceptionally short or documents incomplete, but in these cases the prices remain the same.
  • If there is an exceptionally large or small amount of text I reserve the right to adjust the price of the translation.

But, on the other hand:

  • Prices include PayPal fee.
  • If a certain document can't be found you will receive a refund for this.
  • If a service record contains a photo, you will receive a close-up of the photo for free.
  • If multiple record cards or service records to one person are found, you will get copies of them all at no extra charge.

Member of OMSA
(Orders and Medals Society of America)

Member of OMRS
(Orders and Medals Research Society)

Member of SRO
(Chivalric Orders and Decorations Study Group)

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