National Symbols

The Russian Flag

flag Russia

The Russian flag first appeared in 1668. It was the symbol of Russia for more than 300 years. It reappeared as the modern flag in 1991. The flag has three wide stripes on it. The colours of the flag are symbolic. White is faithful and sincere,blue is honest and loyal and red is brave. When Russian people celebrate their national holidays you can see the national flag in all streets, squares, official buildings, blocks of flats and houses in big cities, small towns and villages.

The Double-Headed Eagle

the coat of arms of Russia

The eagle carries a sceptre, the sign of state power, and an orb, the sign of unity. You can see St George on the breast of the eagle. It is the oldest Russian symbol of love for Motherland. You can also see the eagle on the back of modern Russian coins.The double-headed eagle is the emblem of Russia. Above the heads there are three crowns. Three crowns is the symbol of sovereignty of the state,  equality of the main governmental branches of power — legislative, judicial and executive.

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