Page Title: White-Blue-White-Flag aka Russian Anti-War Flag A New Flag is Born
These images are from around the world. Brave people are being arrested for showing this flag in Russia
White-Blue-White Russian Anti War Flag #H236
Nyon with sewn stripes, heading and grommets, MADE IN USA Other Peace Flags
See also: white blue white windsock
At the last meeting of the Portland Flag Association, I told the group I was trying to think of a flag to fly that could show support for those brave Russians who, at great personal risk, are defying their government by protesting the invasion of Ukraine. There was complete agreement that the official white-blue-red flag of Russia would not work
A Portland Flag Association member suggested that a different flag would have to emerge organically as a result of a popular movement. Such a flag has emerged
This white-blue-white flag emerged spontaneously shortly after the invasion of Ukraine. Around the world people took to the streets to demand that Russian troops go home. This flag began to appear alongside Ukrainian flags at those anti war demonstrations. Wikipedia says that several people independently thought of the same idea for this Russian Anti War Flag: It is the Russian flag with the "bloody red stripe" removed. The modern white-blue-red flag is said to be a militaristic symbol of Tsarist Russia and associated with its military power and violence. Removing the red stripe removes not only the stain of blood but also that symbol of authoritarian power.
The Russian and English language news website Meduza based in Latvia also reports that advocates of the white-blue-white flag say "Russia's traditional tricolor flag is tied to bloodshed. Medusa reports a Russian citizen living in Berlin had been protesting the war with a hand held sign identifying himself as Russian. Other Russians were also carrying signs saying that they are Russian but oppose the war their country was conducting. They realized that they needed a unifying symbol.
They adopted this new flag "without the bloody red stripe" and posted it on Facebook. That symbol has spread.
Other Russians both at home and abroad also came up with the same idea. As they discovered each other there has been widespread agreement among them that it does not matter who created the flag. Rather, the flag is a "joint creation by the people. A truly collective protest. A lot has been done by different people, all independent of each other."
The Free Russia Forum, a conference of Russian opposition members held yearly in Lithuania, called the flag "The Flag of Freedom and Peace". According to this viewpoint, the white-blue-white flag represents a new page in the history of Russia. It is a symbol of people joining together. Protestors have shown their solidarity with the Russian resisters by making and displaying this flag all around the world. It is not meant to be a design for a new national flag of Russia. It is not a symbol of The State.
It is a symbol to unite people everywhere in opposition to Russia's aggression.
Principles of Vexillology
Meduza reports that activists have the basics of good flag design on their side.
Flag of Veliky Novgorod Popular Protest Flag of Belarus
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