Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd class, Type 2 "Starback"
variation (Krasnokamsk Mint), #150657, awarded on 21 May
1944 to Private Nimat Abdulaev.
Silver, 14 K gold (hammer and sickle emblem), enamels.
Measures 46.8 mm in height, 44.5 mm in width; weighs 26.4 g
without screw plate. This specimen features curved down mint
mark and very pronounced star- shaped relief to the reverse.
It belongs to a relatively small series of "Starbacks" by
Krasnokamsk Mint, one of some 35000 made in total according
to current estimates.
In very fine condition. There is a single small chip
penetrating to silver at the base of the upper left arm;
additionally, there are surface chips at the tips of the
upper right and left arm that do not penetrate to silver and
therefore not as noticeable. The enamel on the arms also
has microscopic flakes and tiny contact marks throughout.
The white enamel shows only some tiny flakes and rubbing.
The red enamel in the center is perfect.
There is minimal wear to the raised points of the hammer &
sickle emblem, not very noticeable. The silver starburst has
some dings, none of them very detractive. The screw post is
very long, nearly 14 mm in length, as characteristic for
this version of the order. The screw plate is a
replacement, but it is of WW2 era and fits perfectly.
Nimat Abdulaev, an Uzbek national, was born in 1916. He took
part in the Patriotic War starting from 1942, and by early
1944 had been wounded in battle four times. He nevertheless
still remained a Private as of May 1944 when he was serving
with the 131st Separate Recon Company, 171st Rifle Division,
79th Rifle Corps, 3rd Shock Army, 2nd Baltic Front. During
one of the reconnaissance missions, he was with the support
group that was to provide cover to the team tasked with
capturing a prisoner. As the strike team rushed forward,
Abdulaev went over the parapet of the trench methodically
killing the Germans
running to help their comrades that came under assault. His
resolute actions on that day ensured the success of the
The Order of the Patriotic War that was awarded to him based
on recommendation of the regiment commander was Abdulaev's
first decoration. Later, this courageous scout also received
a Medal for Valor for killing three Nazi soldiers in hand-
to-hand combat during another mission to capture a prisoner.
It is noteworthy that the 171st Rifle Division remained a
part of the 79th Rifle Corps through the Battle of Berlin,
and it was none other than soldiers of this corps that
captured the Reichstag and raised the Victory Banner over
its charred ruin. In all likelihood, Nimat Abdulaev took
part in that final battle.
Research Materials: photocopy of the award commendations
for the Orders of the Patriotic War 2nd cl. and Medal for
Valor (note that he received the latter based on a
recommendation for an Order of Glory 3rd cl.); copy of the
page from the Russian archival record showing the serial
number of the Patriotic War and name / rank of the
recipient; copy of the relevant page of the Patriotic War
2nd cl award decree. Information on the 171st Rifle Division
is available in the Volume X "Red Swarm" of the
Charles Sharp's series "Soviet Order of Battle in World War