Medal "For the Return of Crimea"

The Medal "For the Return of Crimea" (Russian: Медаль «За возвращение Крыма») is a Russian campaign medal of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.[2] The existence of the awards was also confirmed by Yaroslav Roshchupkin, an employee of the Central Military press service.[3]

Medal "For the Return of Crimea"
Медаль «За возвращение Крыма»
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Obverse of the medal
Awarded by the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation
Country Russia
TypeCampaign medal
Awarded forService in Crimea during the 2014 Russian annexation
Campaign(s)Russian military intervention in Ukraine
EstablishedMarch 21, 2014[1]
First awardedMarch 24, 2014
Next (higher)Medal "For Labour Valour"
Next (lower)Medal "Mikhail Kalashnikov"
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Ribbon of the medal

The medal was awarded to military and civilian personnel of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for services and distinction displayed during the Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, the March 16, 2014 Crimean status referendum, and the entry of Crimea into the Russian Federation as the result of the referendum. The medal can also be awarded to other citizens of the Russian Federation and to foreign citizens for assistance in solving the tasks assigned to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation relating to these security measures taken in the Crimea.[4] A similar medal, "For the Liberation of the Crimea" was awarded to Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov and Krasnodar Krai governor Aleksandr Tkachyov, as well as the Night Wolves leader Alexander Zaldostanov for "helping Crimeans to achieve self-determination".[5]

Reverse of the medal

It was widely reported in the media when a 'Crimea medal' was to be put on auction in Moscow on April 13, 2019 by Igor Strelkov, a Russian former militant commander involved in the wars in Ukraine. This medal was however not the one described above, but one made by a private initiative.[6]


  1. ^ "Хронологический перечень приказов Министра обороны Российской Федерации" [Chronological list of orders of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation] (in Russian). Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. p. 424. Archived from the original on April 20, 2015. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "Минобороны России учредило медаль "За возвращение Крыма"" [Ministry of Defense of Russia established a medal "For the Return of Crimea"] (in Russian). March 25, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  3. ^ "Putin.War (so-called Nemtsov-Report)". Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "Order of the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation of March 21, 2014 № 160" (in Russian). March 21, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  5. ^ Tschetschenien-Chef Kadyrow bekommt Medaille „Für die Befreiung der Krim“, RIA, June 8, 2014; "Kadyrow und Tkatschow hatten die Krim bei ihrer Selbstbestimmung unterstützt".
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