In recent years there has been global speculation that Russian President Vladimir Putin is attempting to restore some Soviet-era policies in his nation. On Friday, Putin restored an honorary “Hero of Labor” commendation first awarded in the Lenin era to workers who outperformed communist work quotas.
The Russian President issued a decree to restore the “Hero of Labor” title, which disappeared in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union with an accompanying statement.
“In the Soviet Union, we had a title called the Hero of Socialist Labor, and on the whole, I think this was justified,” Putin said.
“I know that this is the view not only of the machine workers, but of those who generally do things with their hands and use their heads,” he continued.
The award was coveted during the Soviet era by workers who could be recommended for communist party leadership positions if they consistently outperformed work requirements.
Putin, a former KGB agent, once called the dissolution of the Soviet Union one of the greatest tragedies to have happened during the 20th century.