History & Design of the Russian Flag
Russia is geographically the largest country in the world, covering over 6 million square miles. During the country’s rich and complicated history Russia has flown several different flags. Many of these flags have been very similar in their appearance and have basically been variations of only a few different flags. The following information details the history and design of the Russian flag.
History of the Flag
Official history regarding the flag of Russia began in 1696. The flag was originally used as an ensign for the merchant ships. During the centralized Russian state known as the Tsardom of Russia, the flag used on the merchant ships became the official flag for the country as well. This flag had a double-headed eagle with a shield and wore a gold crown over both the heads. This eagle was placed over a tricolor flag that was a combination of white, red, and blue.
Russia became “The Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic” in 1917. This period lasted until 1991. During this particular time period different flags were used. Each was very similar, however. The flags consisted of a solid red background with a gold sickle and hammer in the upper left-hand corner. For several decades these variations represented what was known as the Soviet Union. In 1991 the original flag was reintroduced.
The Russian flag currently consists of three horizontal fields. The top stripe is white, the middle is blue, and the bottom is red. Each one of these horizontal stripes is equal in size. This flag is basically the same one that was originally used before Russia had become the Soviet Union. It was reintroduced in 1991 after Russia had become the Russian Federation. The current presidential flag has the same colored stripes. This flag, however, is square in shape and has a coat of arms over the top.
Interesting Facts About the Russian Flag
Each of the colors on the flag represents something specific. The white stripe stands for liberty and nobility. The blue means probity or integrity. The red represents the boldness of the Russian people. The largest flag in Russia is lifted at the Kremlin in Moscow. Each of these flags only lasts about 2 or 3 months until it needs to be replaced. Due to rainy, windy weather, the flag fades quickly.