About Russia

 

National flag of the RussiaOn the 25th of December 2000 the Federal Law "On National Flag of Russia" was adopted. This document governs that "National Flag is a rectangular banner, which consists of three equal horizontal stripes: the top one is white, the middle one is blue, the bottom one is red. The width of the flag is related to length as 2 to 3"

The initial white-blue-red flag was officially approved by the Decree of Russian Emperor Peter I the Great on the 20th of January 1705.

The color of the stripes was then understood according to the ancient explanation of the Universe: on the bottom is a material world, higher are the skies, and the highest is a divine world. Later it began to symbolize a unity of the three Eastern Slavic Nations - Byelorussia, Ukraine and Russia.

From the ancient times in Russia those three colors had a special symbolic meaning: white is nobility and sincerity; blue is truthfulness, commitment and purity; red stands for bravery, valor and love.

When hanging vertically the white stripe must be placed to the left and red - to the right.

National Symbol of the Russian FederationAccording to the federal law on the national (state) symbol of the Russian Federation "...the national symbol of the Russian Federation represents a ...red heraldic shield ... with golden double - headed eagle holding the wings upwards. The eagle has two small crowns and - over them - one large crown, all connected by a ribbon. The right paw of the eagle is holding the scepter, the left one - the orb. On the chest of the eagle - in a red shield - a silver knight in a blue cloak on a silver horse striking a silver lance at a black dragon...under the horse's hooves". (unofficial translation of the federal law of 25.12.2000)
National Symbol of the Russian FederationClicking HERE you will be able to download the Anthem in MP3
(Since the site you are being forwarded to is in Russian, please, be advised that the first link is to the short protocol orchestral version of the Anthem, the second link is a complete orchestral one and the third is a complete choral and orchestral version)