Kuibyshev Hydroelectric Complex Construction Badge, 1957.
Brass, enamels; measures 22.3 mm tall, 27.4 mm wide. Pin
back version featuring Moscow mint mark "MMD" located in the
lower in the lower left segment of the reverse (as opposed
to the right side).
In outstanding, excellent condition. The enamel is perfect,
free of any wear visible to the naked eye. The gilt finish
is likewise perfect and bright on both sides of the badge.
The badge continues the series of the earlier NKVD
construction awards such as Moskva - Volga Canal, Dneproges,
Ukhta and others. It was awarded primarily to prison guards
and managers who supervised construction of the huge complex
of hydroelectric dams on the Volga near Kuibyshev. Like most
other large scale projects of the period, it was built
almost exclusively by prisoners. The construction started in
1937, then was put on hold in 1940 and resumed in 1950. Its
final stage was done by the inmates of the Kuneevskiy
Correctional Labor Camp.
/"History of Awards and Insignia of Russian MVD, 1802 -
2002", p. 110, fig. 22.214.171.124/