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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

VOR Presents… Russian Tricolour Day

Filed under: history,patriotic,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00
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Exactly 20 years ago, on 22 August 1991, our old 17th century flag became the official state symbol once again.

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The traditional Russian flag consists of three equal horizontal stripes of white, blue, and red. At different times, popular folklore interpreted this colour combination in different ways, but there’s never been an official version. A popular and widespread description relates that the white symbolises nobility, the blue stands for faithfulness, and the red represents courage.

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Everyone acknowledges that the legitimate “father” of the tricolour was Tsar Pyotr Veliki. He issued a decree on 20 January 1705 stating that “all trade emporiums” had to fly the already-existing white-blue-red flag; he finalised its pattern, and determined the order of its horizontal stripes. By the way, what inspired Tsar Pyotr to choose these particular colours remains a mystery {some sources maintain that the colours of the Dutch flag guided Pyotr, which was a red-white-blue horizontal tricolour: editor}.

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It took two centuries for this flag to become the official national banner; in 1896, on the eve of the coronation of Tsar St Nikolai Aleksandrovich, the Justice Ministry determined that the National Flag should “definitively be a white-blue-red tricolour and nothing else”.

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Since 1993, when President Boris Yeltsin issued a decree reinstating it as the national flag, the tricolour has become a part of our lives. Today, the white-blue-red banner is not only on office buildings and in the big bosses’ offices. One can see the tricolour at all sorts of occasions… at football matches, public anniversaries and holidays, and even at weddings.

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In the image above, we see one of the festive events celebrating RF National Flag Day.

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In the image above, at the Petropavlovsky Fortress in St Petersburg, we see a drill executed by an honor guard on RF National Flag Day.

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22 August 2011

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/55007927/55007930/

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