The Octobrist and Pioneer childhood gave a lot of good in our Soviet upbringing. We learned to think not only about our petty concerns, but also the interests of other people and the Motherland. We helped the old people and veterans, got labor education on collective farms, collected scrap metal and waste paper. In our second grade we were competing who will collect more waste paper. The school declared the private competition. The winners were awarded with the pin – “Little Octobrists around the Country of October”.
Every pupil of elementary school wanted to have such a pin. It was solemnly handed in front of all the pupils of the school for outstanding achievements in learning, behaviour, and social activity.
The term “Octobrists” originated in 1923-24 when in Moscow there were first organized the groups of children of the same age as the Great October Socialist Revolution.
The Octobrists groups used to be set up in the first grade at school and worked till the Octobrists became Pioneers, when Pioneer units were established. When children joined the Octobrists they were given a special pin – a five-pointed ruby star with a portrait of Lenin in his childhood. An Octobrist group consisted of several divisions, called “asterisk”, each of which usually included 5 children, that symbolised the 5 points of the star. As a rule, in the “asterisk” each Octobrist occupied one of the positions – a commander, a florist, a nurse, a librarian, or an athlete.
The Octobrists were the initial link in the structure of the communist youth organization of the USSR.
The Octobrists had their own set of rules for:
The Octobrists are the future Pioneers.
The Octobrists are diligent children, they love school, respect the elders.
Only those who love to work are called the Octobrists.
The Octobrists are truthful and brave, clever and skilful.
The Octobrists are friendly children, they read and draw, play and sing, and live merrily.
The activities of the Octobrists were mainly in a form of a game and were organized by teachers and Pioneer leaders.Author of the post picture is O. Novozonov, 1964
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The cockade with the “Red Star” emblem was intended to be worn on a military headdress (garrison cap, panama hat, or beret) by the junior leaders of recruitment, the rank and file soldiers and sailors, cadets of military schools, Suvorov military and Nakhimov naval cadets.
The cockade is a five-pointed star with the hammer and sickle.
The cockade is fastened with a clamper (or “the barbs”). The method of painting – cold enamel.
The tiny lapel pin badge of the servicemen of the Special Purpose Detachment of the Interior Troops of Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD).
The emblem stands for the years of glorious fighting history. Initially it belonged to the first created in the USSR special actions group “Vityaz” (Knight-errant). The fist over the machine gun shortly and clearly shows force and confidence. Further this emblem was borrowed by the majority of the special forces detachments.
The ID pin badge of the operatives and soldiers of the Police Riot Squad Special is to be attached to the upper garment and a special outfit: body armor, individual tactical load-bearing vest.
The pin badge is a goldish metal star of twelve rounded points formed by the beams radiating from the center of convex polished rays.
The chest pin badge (insignia) of the servicemen of the 3rd Separate Special Purpose Brigade of Belorussian Interior Troops.
The symbol of the Brigade is the lynx – a Belorussian forester. It is a slick, fast, accurate and at the same time cunning and clever beast. Obviously, Belarusian commandos and consider themselves the owners of the same qualities.