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Badge of Distinguished Employee of MOOP, #7517, with a document, awarded on 22 February 1965 to Aleksandr Zaitsev.

In silver, measures 44.0 mm in overall height (the sword); the "egg" portion is 34.3 x 27.5 mm; weighs 18.6 g not including the screw plate. Features rivets holding the sword and wire attachment of the red scroll and hammer & sickle portion. The serial number is engraved in the manner standard for this badge. The enamel and overall workmanship are absolutely spectacular.

The badge is in excellent, near mint condition - one of the the best examples of Distinguished MOOP badge we have seen. The enamel is pristine: free of even microscopic contact marks that could b

In silver, measures 44.0 mm in overall height (the sword); the "egg" portion is 34.3 x 27.5 mm; weighs 18.6 g not including the screw plate. Features rivets holding the sword and wire attachment of the red scroll and hammer & sickle portion. The serial number is engraved in the manner standard for this badge. The enamel and overall workmanship are absolutely spectacular.

The badge is in excellent, near mint condition - one of the the best examples of Distinguished MOOP badge we have seen. The enamel is pristine: free of even microscopic contact marks that could be found under a 10x loupe and retains magnificent luster. The gold finish on the hilt and hammer & sickle is exceptionally well-preserved with only mild patina that adds character. The silver has acquired beautiful even toning throughout. The rivets and wires are perfect and tight. The screw post is over 10.5 mm-long, has not been reduced, and includes original mint marked screw plate.

The award certificate is a leather-bound red booklet with embossed depiction of the badge on the cover. The inscription in gold as well as the image of the badge spell- out the name of the agency МООП ("MOOP") - as opposed to MVD booklets that were occasionally issued with MOOP badges. The document contains a photo of the recipient wearing a uniform of a full Colonel, a very high rank for Soviet law enforcement or internal army officer (vs far more numerous colonels in the regular military). The citation on the opposite page states in the usual non-descript way that he was awarded with the badge for "successes achieved in work." The document is hand-signed on the same page by the Minister for Protection of Public Order of RSFSR Vadim Tikunov (note that in 1965, the MOOP was still decentralized having semi- independent branches in respective Soviet republics, a vestige of Khruschev's reforms dating back to 1960; this changed during the next year when all MOOP branches were brought back under central command.)

Just like the badge, the document is in near mint condition. The cover shows practically no wear. The internal pages are immaculately clean. Overall, a superb and very rare set: this award was issued for only a very short time from 1962- 68 and is therefore far more scarce than similar MVD or even NKVD "eggs".
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