St.George’s ribbon will be worn in 70 countries

St. George’s ribbons are available at Russian embassies and consulates.

From Fort Russ

Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
25th April, 2016
Today in Russia, a Patriotic “ribbon of St. George” campaign was launched towards Victory Day. The action can be called international because in addition to Russia, it will involve  fellow citizens in seventy countries around the world.
Millions of people throughout the Earth will wear St. George’s ribbons on clothing to honor all the soldiers who fought for our country. Victory Day volunteers will hand out St. George’s ribbons on the streets and in public places of cities. Ribbons are distributed free of charge.
As was noted by the coordinators of the action, last year they distributed more than 20 million ribbons. In Moscow, Victory Day volunteers can be found near the central metro stations and in parks, gas stations, and banking institutions.
The far East was the first to participate in patriotic actions, with the St. George’s ribbon appearing in the Central square of the capital of Primorye.
It was noted that the volunteers also explained the regulations for wearing them – there are cases when the symbol of Victory, perhaps because of confusion, were hung from the most unexpected places.
Primarily, volunteers were advised to bring this to the attention of foreign tourists for Victory Day, as the Russian capital is filled with many guests from different countries of the world, and not all of them are well-versed in our traditions.
The “St George’s ribbon” event was first held in Russia in 2005. Since then, this ribbon has become the main symbol of victory in the great Patriotic war and an attribute of Russian patriotism.

Where to get St. George ribbons

The easiest places to find ribbons of St. George is through the Russian Federation embassy and consulate offices in each country. has the offices in the United States. is a non-governmental website with information about offices in different countries.


US State Department attacks the St. George ribbon in Kazakhstan and other former Soviet republics

Posted on Fort Russ

May 5, 2015

Translated by Kristina Rus
Opponents and defenders of St. George ribbon clash in Kazakhstan

Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Masimov will receive more than a thousand signatures of citizens who do not agree with the replacement of St. George ribbon for stripes with colors of the republican flag.

The campaign against the St. George ribbon was launched in the Republic in April, when a representative of the “Liberty” movement Botagoz Zarykhankyzy called the golden-black ribbon “a symbol of colonization of Kazakhstan in the period of Tsarist Russia” on air of the Kazakh edition of radio “Svoboda” (“Liberty” or “Freedom”). The “civil activists” sent a letter to the akim (mayor) of the city Almaty, Akhmetzhan Yesimov, calling to replace the unwanted symbol with blue and white stripes, and distribute them to the citizens on the streets on the eve of May 9 anniversary celebration.

The letter was signed by only 20 people, but the “gesture” of Kazakh opposition has made a lot of noise — the Russian media immediately found the main “masterminds”. Earlier REGNUM explicitly named the promoters of the idea – the U.S. Department, recalling the direct financing by the Americans of radio “Svoboda”. In the campaign for a ban on the traditional symbols the “civil activists” did not hesitate to involve school age children.

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The response of the defenders of St .George ribbon was a counter measure to collect signatures. A letter to the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov was signed by more than 1,000 people. Authors of the appeal recalled that “St. George ribbon is a symbol of remembrance of the price of Victory in the most terrible war of the last century”, and reminds the new generations, “whose beneficiaries we are, what and who we should be proud of and whom we should remember.”

Social activists emphasize that the more extensive use of this symbol in Kazakhstan is “a response to an increasingly powerful attempts to distort the history of the Great Patriotic War and to split the Kazakh society”. The patriots say that “the public is in a “St. George mood, but not everyone understands the real meaning of what is happening”. And draw parallels with the situation in neighboring Ukraine where it all began “with attempts to insult or distort the memory of the great Victory of the Soviet Union over the Nazi invaders”. In the end, the statement says, “such actions have led to the exile of the legally elected government, the murder by pro-fascist forces and the Nazi wing of peaceful citizens who attempted to express an alternative opinion, and plunging the country into the chaos of civil war and devastation”.

The authors of the letter asked Karim Massimov to “take measures to prevent the desecration of the memory of the Great Victory and a cultivation of division and antagonism in society.” Karim Masimov was reminded about the April incident with the beating of a 67-year-old granddaughter of the hero of Soviet Union, Ivan Panfilov — Aigul Baikadamova. In the media and in social networks there was a version about possible involvement in the beating of a woman of her opponents in the online discussion about the use of St. George ribbons. Baikadamova on her page on Facebook made a post calling the attempts to substitute the symbols of Victory and rewrite the pages of history of the Great Patriotic war – an “attack on the sacred” and the desire “for PR and cheap fame”.

Collected in defense of St. George ribbon signatures will be taken to Astana and passed to the Prime Minister.

Note, the anti-St. George initiative in Kazakhstan is not unique. Reports about the rejection of traditional symbols in post-Soviet republics poured from the horn of plenty long before the anniversary of May 9. In Belarus some used a red-green ribbon as a symbol of Victory Day last May 9, decorated with apple blossom. There was no official ban on the St. George ribbon by Belarussian authorities, but here the Belarussian opposition is also active in setting the tone. The activists are calling on the authorities to ban the symbol of “Russian aggression” in Southeast Ukraine, and proposed that Belarussians use other national symbols on Victory day.

Kyrgyzstan has also decided to abandon the ribbons. According to a statement by the vice-mayor of Bishkek, Aigul Ryskulova, “this year we want to use the colors of the Kyrgyz flag — red and yellow. We called it “the ribbon of Victory”. According to one authoritative Kyrgyz news agency, the order to abandon St. George ribbons came to the mayor’s office of Bishkek from office of the President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev. The presidential press service denied this information, but it should be noted that the decision on red-yellow ribbons came not from the street, but was adopted by the authorities of Bishkek. A number of experts classify this as a “sabotage of the officially declared line of rapprochement with Russia,” paying attention to the presence of about 16 thousand Western NGOs, operating on the territory of the republic, 200 of which are “working at full capacity of their ability.” And at the same time, noting the lack of adequate control of activities of these organizations from the leadership of the country, and a general pro-Western attitude of a large part of the Kyrgyz elite.

Additionally, tensions around the symbolism of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory Day in a Great Patriotic War on the eve of May 9 also began in Russia — the public protested online against the gradual displacement of traditional Soviet symbols by a “faded remake”. Especially controversial is the new logo with a white dove on a blue background and a small strip of St. George ribbon in the upper right corner, which apparently was developed by the office of the press service and information of the President of the Russian Federation. Many drew attention to the complete lack of similarity with the heroic Victory of the Soviet people over fascism, calling the logo “absolutely toothless and empty”, “ideological sabotage,” an attempt “to steal the country’s history, replacing the symbols of Victory.” Online users opened the electronic collection of signatures for a petition addressed to the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, urging him to keep the Red banner and a red star as immutable symbols of Victory in the Great Patriotic war.

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Russian diaspora in Canada to celebrate Victory Day on May 9

Posted on Sputnik News, May 9, 2015

Spokesman for the Russian embassy in Canada said that Canadian capital Ottawa and the most populous city of the country Toronto will hold events dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Nazi defeat in the World War II on May 9.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) Canadian capital Ottawa and the most populous city of the country Toronto will hold events dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Nazi defeat in the World War II on May 9, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Canada said Friday.

“We will honor our veterans who live in Ottawa, at a ceremonial reception at the embassy on May 9, there are not so many of them, only 15 people,” Kirill Kalinin said.

Officials from the embassies of China, Germany and countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will participate in the reception, according to the spokesman. Canadian officials have also been invited, although they have not confirmed their participation.

Russian embassy workers and Russian nationals plan to visit Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and lay flowers at the T-34 tank which is a part of museum’s exposition.

Toronto’s initiative group will hold a parade of World War II veterans from the former Soviet Union countries and from allied nations, workers of the rear, survivors of the siege of Leningrad (modern St. Petersburg) and the Holocaust. The group has also organized an event in a city park where everyone will be able to meet veterans. Representatives of the local authorities and organizations are expected to congratulate veterans.

Montreal’s initiative group plans to fly a plane with a 70-meter (229-foot) St. George ribbon that symbolizes the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. The Montreal group said, they have already handed out 6,000 ribbons preparing for the Victory Day.

On May 9, extensive events are planned in Russia and other former Soviet states to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s capitulation.