It is a miniature relief emblem of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB): the triangular elongated downward shield with carved top corners and a deep-blue edging with goldish nails. In the red field of the shield there is a stylized image of a golden double-headed eagle with raised wings, holding the scepter and orb, topped with a large and two smaller crowns. On the eagle’s chest there is an image of a horseman spearing a dragon. At the bottom of the shield there is a figured goldish plate with a relief inscription: “FSB RF” – the abbreviations for “Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation”.
Behind the shield there is a sword vertically posed along the symmetry axis and pointed downward. The hilt and the cross of the sword are golden.
The shield and sword is a symbol of constant readiness for action to ensure the safety and armed protection of the citizens.
The sword with its blade pointed down is a symbol of the remembrance of the comrades fallen in struggle.
The double-headed eagle is the State Emblem of the Russian Federation.
Golden is the color of generosity.
Red is the color of strength and valor.
Blue is the traditional color of the uniform of the state security and counterintelligence.
At the heart of a chest pin badge with the emblem of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation lies the image of the chest pin badge “Honorary Officer of KGB USSR” of the 1957 standard.
Created on the heraldic canons, in the basis it has a slightly convex figured shield with a distinct edging (binding) with convex “nails” on it. This shield is the cornerstone of the majority of awards and badges connected with power structures of the USSR and Russia. In the middle of the shield there is a vertically located sword with the hilt up. Here it is very important to note the location of the sword. In the early days of the Soviet government, in the days of the uncompromising class war, on the foreground of the VChK – GPU-NKVD and later the KGB, there was the image of the “punishing sword of the Revolution” superimposed over the shield, which was a secondary figure, a hint at its protective function.
Currently on the insignia of the the Federal Security Service of Russia, when there is no external enemy, and the internal one is weak, the sword is modestly put behind the shield, symbolizing not so much retaliatory as protective functions.
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.