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  Defender of Transdniestria

This medal was established by Presidential Decree no 114 of 16 June 1993. Quite a rare find, made from brass (latun), 32 mm in diametre but no documents. The avers depicts the statue of A.V. Suvorov that is in Tiraspol.
The statelet of Transdniestria continues to be headed by Igor Nikolajevich Smirnov, "President" of the selff-proclaimed republic - a tiny separatist territory with all the trappings of a State including award ceremonies but not recognised even by Russia.
I am trying to find out how many people received this medal and for what.
Source: State Awards of the Transdniestrian Moldovan Republic, Tiraspol 2004 (in Russian), pp.24-25.

AAbundant, readily available, often in wholesale quantities.
CCommon, always available. Occasionally in quantity.
R1Usually available without a long delay. Difficult to find in quantity.
R2Scarce to rare, less seldom available.
R3Rare. Difficult to find.
R4Very rare. Demand outstrips supply, and specimens, when available are often eagerly sought.
R5Extremely rare and seldom available. Collector may have to search for a few years to locate one.
R6Of the highest rarity. Very difficult to obtain.
R7Almost never available. Most collectors will not have a chance to acquire these pieces.
R8Never been on the market. Almost impossible to obtain.
R*Not available for collections.


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