Written statement to Parliament

British nationals to be eligible for the Ushakov Medal

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced an exception to the current rules on the acceptance of foreign awards.

The Rt Hon William Hague

In a written statement to parliament, the Foreign Secretary said:

I am pleased to announce that formal approval has been given to a recommendation for an exception to the rules on the acceptance of foreign awards to allow eligible British nationals to accept and wear the Russian Ushakov Medal.

In May 2012 the Russian Government requested permission to award the Ushakov Medal to British veterans of the Arctic Convoys. Under the current rules on the acceptance of foreign awards, permission could not be given for the medal to be accepted as more than five years had passed since the events in question and there had already been British medallic recognition for this service.

Although under these rules permission could not be given for the Ushakov Medal to be accepted, Her Majesty’s Government have always been appreciative of the Russian Government’s wish to honour these brave men.

In light of that appreciation of this service, a recommendation was therefore made to exceptionally allow the Ushakov Medal to be accepted and worn. President Putin presented the first medals during his visit to London on 16 June 2013.

Applications and eligibility for the Ushakov Medal will be a matter for the Russian authorities.

Order of Wear for the Ushakov Medal

The Ushakov Medal is worn on the left and should be grouped with other foreign medals. The Ushakov Medal therefore comes after UK and Commonwealth orders, decorations and medals in the order of wear.

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Published 17 June 2013