Hungarian Peoples Republic "4th of April" Order of Merit
decoration with elaborate ribbon bar.
An attractive 43mm gold and enamel decoration celebrating
Soviet-Hungarian friendship. The 40mm x 17mm ribbon bar
bears an elaborate ribbon bar
device that reproduces all of the details of the full sized
Instituted in 1984, the order was awarded to citizens
involved in promoting good relations
between the Soviet Union and the Republic of Hungary. Its
title obviously seeks to define that relationship by harking
back to the April, 1945 liberation of Hungary from the Nazis
(and by conveniently ignoring the 1956 Uprising against the
Soviets!) It was considered one of the five highest awards
of the Communist Hungary.
Although it is difficult to know, this award by its very
nature was probably bestowed on both Hungarian and Soviet