Order of St. Vladimir

The Cross of Saint Vladimir (Russian
Russian language
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: Орден Святого Владимира) was an Imperial Russia
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n Order established in 1782 by Empress Catherine II in memory of the deeds of Saint Vladimir, the Grand Prince and the Baptizer of the Kievan Rus.

Motto - "Benefit, Honor and Glory".

The order had four degrees and was awarded for continuous civil and military service. The color of the order ribbon is red with a black border.

First class of the order - A red cross with black and golden borders. The badge of the Order depended from a sash worn over the right shoulder, and a gold-and-silver eight-rayed star was fastened on the left chest.

Second class - The red cross on the neck and the star on the left chest.

Third class - The red cross of a smaller size on the neck.

Fourth class - The same on the left chest.

Badge: A red enamelled
Vitreous enamel
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 cross pattée
Cross pattée
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 with black enamelled borders, and a black enamelled central disc bearing a crowned red and ermine
Ermine (heraldry)
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 mantle with the monogram
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 of St. Vladimir. Worn on a sash
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 by the first degree, on a necklet
Neck order
A neck order is a type of decoration which is designed to be worn and displayed around a person's neck, rather than hung from the chest as is the standard practice for displaying most decorations....

 by the second and third degrees, and on a chest ribbon
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 by the fourth degree.

Star: A four-pointed star superimposed upon a four-pointed gold star, with a golden cross pattée and the letters "CPKB" between the arms of the cross on a black enamel background at the centre surrounded by the motto of the order "Benefit, Honour and Glory" (Pol'za, chest' i slava). Worn on the left chest by the first and second degrees. This motto was transferred to present-day star of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland
Order of Merit for the Fatherland
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, which was established in 1992 by President Boris Yeltsin
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 and is today the second highest ranking decoration of that country.

Ribbon: red with wide black edges.

In 1957, in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Patriarchy restoration in Russia, the order was revived by the Russian Orthodox Church
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. The order is to be awarded to priests and nuns of Orthodox church for their service to Soviet Union
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 and later Russia. There are three degrees of the order.

The Order of Saint Prince Vladimir (St. Vladimir Order)

People who had been awarded with the St.Vladimir Order for military merits bore it with a special fold on the ribbon - "with a bow".

There was a certain hierarchy of Russian Orders. According to this, the St. Vladimir Order, 1st Class was the second one (the first - St. George Order) by its significance.

According to the Russian Law about the Nobility, people who were awarded with the St. Vladimir Order (each class) had had the rights of hereditary nobility until the Emperor's Decree of 1900 was issued. After this only three first classes of the Order gave such a right.

Select recipients

  • Robert Henry Dick
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  • General Anto Gvozdenović
    Anto Gvozdenovic
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  • Louis-Mathieu Langlès
    Louis-Mathieu Langlès
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  • Igor Sikorsky
    Igor Sikorsky
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  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Mikhail Lermontov
Mikhail Lermontov
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 was awarded the Fourth Class of the Order but never received it, as his name was removed from the final list of recipients by Czar Nicholas I
Nicholas I of Russia
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, who harbored a strong dislike for the contumacious poet.
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