The globe symbolises the operation of the intelligence network all over the world.
The appearance of the bat symbol – a bat being a silent night inhabitant – was related to the inclusion of night flights on hang-gliders into the training programme of the Special Forces (Spetsnaz) of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the USSR.
The pin badge represents a metal plate with a goldish board which is filled with transparent resin in the form of a convex lens.
The lapel pin is to be fastened to the lapel of a full-dress uniform with a special clip called “butterfly fitting”. Thanks to the fine needle the fastening does not leave traces or pierces on clothes, does not damage the product.
Lapel pins appeared under the reign of the Emperor Nicholas II when the miniature replicas of medals and orders were fastened to the tail coat or full-dress uniform. Such pins were primarily jewellery made of precious metals.
Today lapel pins are widely used as an element of corporate style. They can represent the company symbolism and be decorated with gems or commemorative dates.
Army lapel pins are attached to the lapel of full-dress uniform and define a serviceman’s belonging to a particular type of corps, or division.