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    Dneprostroy Badge, #1346, 1932.

    Dneprostroy Badge, #1346, 1932.

    Silver, enamels; measures 22.5 mm in height; 22.7 mm in width. Superb quality throughout. Variation featuring serial number stamped on the reverse of the badge rather than on the screw plate.

    In outstanding, excellent condition. The dark blue enamel shows only a few tiny, almost unnoticeable flakes near the support pylons of the dam; the damage is significantly less than on nearly all other Dneprostroy badges that we have handled. The couple of "bare" areas near the base of the pylons appear to be manufacturing imperfections, not chips. The enamel elsewhere shows only a few tiny contact marks and light scratches still retaining its beautiful luster and translucency. The details of the dam are extremely well defined. Comes with original silver screw plate.

    Although technically not an NKVD badge, it was awarded almost exclusively to NKVD prison guards who supervised construction of the Dneproges hydroelectric dam. The dam was considered the cornerstone project of the First Five-Year Plan and one of the most important parts of Stalin's industrialization program. The working conditions of the prisoners on the Dneprostroy were especially inhumane, whereas the dam was promoted by media around the world as a great marvel and magnificent achievement of socialist government.

    /"History of Awards and Insignia of Russian MVD, 1802 - 2002", p. 110, fig.; "Avers 8", p. 73, fig. 451/


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