This badge was issued in 1968 for the 50th
Anniversary of the KGB of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.
(For details on the Union-Republic structure of the KGB see the KGB
Organization page.) This badge is of an inferior quality to most
badges. However, it has been seen being worn by KGB officers in a
book on the Ukrainian KGB.
This pin-back badge is made of gold-coloured
aluminium and is very light. The badge is in the form of a 5-pointed
star and is 42mm high x 44mm across the arms. The badge is slightly
convex in shape. The reverse of the badge is flat and featureless
except for the two raised "lips" which hold the small (13mm long)
horizontally mounted, steel pin. There is no maker's mark on the
At least two version have been seen. Version one
is made of thin (1mm) gold-coloured aluminium and has a very light
black enamel wash over the front of the badge. Version two is a bit
thicker, is darker coloured (more bronze-gold) and has a heavier
black wash on it.
The obverse of the badge has a very interesting
pattern; the star is formed from five sword & shield shapes! Each
arm of the star is actually the lower half of a standard KGB sword &
shield design complete with sword blade, riveted shield rim and
horizontally striped shield background. In addition, between each of
the star arms is a small round extension which is the tip of the
sword handle of the design of the opposite star arm.
The centre of the badge is an upside-down
pentagon. There are two heads, in profile, looking to the (badge)
left. The top head is wearing a cloth "shelm" cap (often called the
"budyenovka") with a large star on the front. The ear flap of the
hat is turned down. The lower head is wearing a "furazhka" peaked
hat with a regular officer's service oval cockade. Both faces have
"heroic" chiselled features typical of the "socialist-realism" school
of art. Along the lower edge of the pentagon is inscribed "VU 50 ChK"
for 50th anniversary of the all-Ukrainian Cheka. The "50" is filled
with high quality cold enamel. The entire obverse of the badge is
coated in a black-grey cold enamel wash giving it a glossy