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The Order of Georgi Dimitrov (or Order of Georgy Dimitrov, Bul: Орден Георги Димитров) was the highest award of the People's Republic of Bulgaria. It was instituted on 17 June 1950 and awarded to Bulgarians and foreigners for outstanding services to the defence and freedom of Bulgaria, or for contributions to socialism.[1][2] The award was the Bulgarian equivalent of the Order of Lenin, whose general design it imitated.

Order of Georgi Dimitrov
Орден Георги Димитров.jpg
Order of Georgi Dimitrov medal
Awarded by the
State Council of the People's Republic of Bulgaria
CountryPeople's Republic of Bulgaria
TypeOrder
EligibilityBulgarian and allied citizens[1]
Awarded forOutstanding services to the defence and freedom of Bulgaria, or contributions to socialism[1]
StatusNo longer awarded
Statistics
Established17 June 1950[1]
Last awarded1990
Precedence
Next (higher)Hero of Socialist Labour
Hero of the People's Republic of Bulgaria
Mother Heroine
EquivalentOrder of Stara Planina
Order "13 Centuries of Bulgaria"
Next (lower)Order of the Red Banner of Labour
OrderOfGeorgiDimitrovRibbon.jpg
Ribbon bar of the medal

The award was named after Georgi Dimitrov, the pre-eminent Bulgarian communist of the inter-war and immediate post-war years.[2]

About 4,500 awards were made.[2] The order was automatically awarded to recipients of the Hero of the People's Republic of Bulgaria and Hero of Socialist Labour titles. The award was withdrawn on 5 April 1991.

The medal consisted of a portrait of Dimitrov, surrounded by wreaths of grain, above a label with Dimitrov's name and topped by a small five-pointed star. It was of gilt, apart from the immediate background to Dimitrov's likeness, star and the name label, which were coloured dark red. It was hung on a dark red ribbon with red edges.[2] It was originally designed by K. Lazarov and modified by O. Odabashyan.

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  1. ^ a b c d "People's Republic of Bulgaria: Order of Georgy Dimitrov". Medals of the World. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Order of Georgi Dimitrov". 9 May 2002. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Kim Il Sung". Who's Who in Asian and Australasian Politics. London: Bowker-Saur. 1991. p. 146. ISBN 978-0-86291-593-3.