A miniature pin badge is made of a goldish metal with enamel. It is a triangular heraldic shield with concave upper corners, which is superimposed on a golden unsheathed sword. The shield is framed by a laurel wreath entwined with a ribbon of the colors of Russia national flag. On the maroon field of the shield there is the emblem of the Logistic Support units of the Internal Troops – a winged dog Simurg, the symbol of passionate devotion and loyalty. In mythology the simurgs guarded the entrance to the heaven and hell.
The shield is crowned with Russian National Emblem – the double-headed eagle holding the scepter and orb.
On the wide gray edging of the shield there are golden rivet-heads and the inscription: “RUSSIAN INTERNAL TROOPS”.
A shield and a drawn sword is the general emblem of Russian Interior Ministry, a symbol of constant readiness for action to ensure the safety and armed protection of the citizens.
Maroon is the color of the Special Forces of Russian Interior Ministry.
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.