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National Flag Day of the Russian Federation

August 22 2006

Aug. 22, Russians celebrate National Flag Day. Tricolor became the official flag of the Russian Federation in 1991, after the decree of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR. It was in August 1991, the tricolor flag was raised over the building of the White House to replace the old, the red flag with hammer and sickle.

Tricolour was first raised in 1667 on Russian warship "Eagle" during the reign of Alexei Mikhailovich. However, the vessel was not destined long to walk under a white-blue-red flag - the ship sailed up the Astrakhan was burned supporters of Stepan Razin.

Under Peter I, in times of rapid development of the fleet, the tricolor flag is raised on all ships. That Peter is a real "father" of the flag - he personally drew the sample and set the correct order of colors.

Each color band has its value. In one version of the white color means liberty, blue - the Mother of God, red - the great-power status. According to another, white - the nobility, blue - honesty, red - courage.

Russian ships went under the white-blue-red flag until 1712, the year of approval of St. Andrew's flag.

Many of Russia's rulers have made their changes to the shape of the flag - added an image of an eagle, a band of another color.

Three-band flag became an official in the late 19 th century and remained so until 1918, when Sverdlov, it was decided to replace the tricolor on the revolutionary banner of red.

After seventy-three years after the defeat of the coup, the tricolor flag reappears on the streets of Russian cities. The largest of the flags raised over the Kremlin (three to four meters).

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Васильева Камилла

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