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Hero of the Russian Federation
Герой Российской Федерации
The 1st Class medal.
Awarded by The President of the Russian Federation
Type Order
Awarded for Outstanding heroic feats in service of the Russian Federation.
Status Active
Grades 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class.
First induction 1 June 2010
Total inductees 5 (May 2010)

Hero of the Russian Federation (ru: Герой Российской Федерации, Geroy Rossiyskoy Federatsii) is a Russian decoration and the highest honorary title that can be bestowed on a citizen by the Russian Federation. The President of the Russian Federation is the main conferring authority of the medal, which is bestowed on those committing actions or deeds that involve conspicuous bravery while in the service of the state. Several artists, politicians, economists and athletes have also been awarded the title.


The constitution states that the title can be awarded to a person who performs a heroic deed in the service of the state and the people and thus can be received by both civilian and military personnel. The title can also be awarded posthumously if the heroic act costs the recipient his or her life.


When the medal is worn in public, it is worn on the left side of the suit jacket above all other medals and decorations of Russia and the Soviet Union. The medal is always worn in full, so there is no ribbon bar that can be worn in place of it.

See also[]

  • Awards and decorations of the Russian Federation