The Order of Lenin Medal (Russian: Орден Ленина, Orden Lenina) was created in 1930 and named after the Bolshevik leader and founder of the USSR, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias- "Lenin".
Criteria for issuing
The Order of Lenin is the the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union. To get it one had to be-
- Civilians for outstanding services rendered to the State.
- Members of the armed forces for exemplary service.
- Those who promoted friendship and cooperation between peoples and in strengthening peace.
- Those with meritorious services to the Soviet state and society.
A famous recipient
As a reward for creating this much needed Yakovlev Yak-1 fighter aircraft, the designer; Alexander Yakovlev was awarded with- The Order of Lenin, a 100,000 Rouble prize, plus a Zis motor car.
The legendary helicopter designer Mikhail Mil also got it 3 times.
- The Lenin Prize Medal
- The Lenin Peace Prize Medal
- The Order of the Red Banner Medal
- The Order of the Red Star Medal
- The Order of the Red Banner of Labour