MOSCOW, March 29 (RIA Novosti) – President Vladimir Putin has met with activists who served in his presidential campaign a year ago and promised to revive a Soviet-era award by the end of Friday.
“In the Soviet Union, we had the ‘Hero of Socialist Labor’ title, and in my opinion, it was justified,” Putin said on Friday morning in Rostov-on-Don while meeting with the staffers of the All-Russia People’s Front, who successfully campaigned for his re-election for a third term.
He said that the necessary orders would be in place by the end of the day to revive the title, which was scrapped almost two decades ago.
The award, established under the rule of Josef Stalin, was widely used to praise civilian workers for their labor achievements and to boost output.
The initiative to resurrect the title was voiced during a previous meeting of the People's Front with Putin in December.
‘Hero of Socialist Labor’ medal
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