Russia’s flag features three horizontal bands of color with white on top, blue in the middle, and red at the bottom. The tricolored Russian flag was initially adopted in 1696 as the official flag of Tsardom of Russia. Years later it became the nation’s official flag but the exact date on which it was adopted isn’t certain but rather varies from August 21, 1991 to Dec. 11, 1993. The flag is also known as the Триколор, Trikolor, Tricolor, as well as the Imperial flag.
Although the three colors on the Russian flag have no official meaning they have been interpreted in a variety of ways by numerous historians and scholars. One of the most popular theories among the local population is that the color white symbolizes nobility, while blue represents faithfulness, honesty, chastity, and wisdom and red is a symbol of love, courage, magnanimity, and generosity.
The inspiration behind the simple design of Russia’s flag dates back to the late 1600s during the reign of Tsar Peter I. Although the white, blue, and red colors are Pan- Slavic in origin the modern day Russian flag is widely regarded to have been inspired by the simple three color design of the flag of the Netherlands.
Throughout its long history, Russia has had a variety of national flags. The tricolor served as the nation’s official flag from May 7, 1883, during the reign of Peter the Great, up until the November 1917 communist revolution. At that time it was then replaced by the USSR’s red hammer, sickle, and star design which flew over the country from 1923 until 1991.
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