To me it looks fine. Maybe a later produced medal, but it looks USSR made to me.
I agree on the detail but it might just be worn. Almost looks sanded. From what I have read the ring should look a certain way on the ww2 models. No sure if it's right but I could be wrong
I am not sure to be honest. I have been looking at these for awhile and still have not pulled the trigger on one. Will be interested to see how this ones goes.
What colour is the stripe in the ribbon supposed to be? Seen everything from a dark green to a light blue
Perhaps different ribbons signified whether or not the medal was awarded to soldiers/sailors/ or civilians of Leningrad?
I have come to the conclusion that Russians like things shiney! My Grandma, god love her, gave me an 1863 Indian Head penny as a surprise gift/ good luck token. As I walked into her front door, she was hunched over the kitchen sink scrubbing it with steel wool!
I prefer buying the short horizon (second medal , early variation) .