The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

2016 Edition
| Editors: Igor S. Zonn, Andrey G. Kostianoy, Aleksandr V. Semenov

Allies of Russia

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Allies of Russia was a medal established under the decree of Alexander I on August 15, 1806. The head side represents the Russian state coat of arms – a double-headed eagle gripping the scepter and the ball. Over the eagle’s head is the crown of the Russian Empire and on its breast is a shield with the monogram of Emperor Alexander I. The tail side bears an inscription “Allies of Russia.” The medal was basically awarded to chiefs of North American Indian tribes, the Aleutians, and the Eskimo as a state sign of allegiance to the Russian Empire. The award ceremony was the responsibility of the Russian-American Company.

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