Russia - Soviet Union: Medal for the Devolopment of the Virgin Lands.
Russia - Soviet Union: Medal for the Devolopment of the Virgin Lands. Condition: Very Fine. A civilian award of the Soviet Union established on October 26th, 1956 by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the U.S.S.R. to recognise individuals who displayed superior performance in labour over two years connected with the Virgin Lands Campaign started in 1954 by Nikita Khrishchev to cultivate 36,000,000 hectares of previously uncultivated lands in Kazakhstan, Siberia, the Urals, the Volga area and the northern Caucasus, it was intended to serve as an example for good achievements in the performance of civic duties. The Medal For the Development of Virgin Lands was awarded to farmers, workers of state farms, MTS, construction and other organisations, the Party, government, labour and Komsomol workers for their good work in the development of virgin and fallow lands in Kazakhstan, Siberia, the Ural, the Volga and the North Caucasus for a period of usually at least two years. This Medal was also awarded to Yuri Gagarin right after his space flight. It became a tradition to award the Medal to many Soviet cosmonauts after that.