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A symbol of the Kremlin and the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian flag has been redesigned by Russian progressive activists to symbolize a future without authoritarianism. Explanations.

Russia without the Kremlin


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Anti-war demonstration in Tbilisi, Georgia, where a large number of Russians opposed to Vladimir Putin’s regime have taken refuge in recent weeks.

Wanting to dissociate itself from the actions of the authoritarian regime of Vladimir Putin and his decision to invade Ukraine, a community of progressive Russians created a new white-blue-white flag. This allows Russians both to affirm their pride and to aspire to create a country that turns its back on the current violence. Going viral on social media, the flag was quickly adopted by Russians protesting outside Russia and has been seen in recent demonstrations in Toronto, Cyprus, Germany, Georgia and elsewhere.


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Tweet from Alexander (@PrettyYoung), Russian citizen behind anti-war flag design

The current Russian flag is discredited, as it is used by the authorities, who have created a real police state. I had the idea of ​​a demilitarized and “de-Sovietized” flag, without the red band. According to official rhetoric, the red in the Russian flag signifies military strength, past victories, and bloodshed for the country. But in my view, the modern state should neither shed blood nor develop the cult of militarism.

Alexander, a Russian citizen from Moscow who created the anti-war flag, in an interview with The Press

The deciphered flag


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The blue refers to the modern flag of Novgorod, a city associated with the origin of democracy in Russia; the two white bands have two objectives: to evacuate the militaristic red color and to propose the symbol of a future parliamentary Russia.

The blue line: The blue is a bit lighter than the official Russian flag and refers to the modern flag of Novgorod, one of Russia’s oldest cities. The medieval Novgorod Republic is associated with the origin of democracy in Russia.

The white lines: The two white bands serve two purposes: to remove the red color from the flag, and also to propose the symbol of a future parliamentary Russia. The symbol aims to “give hope and unite all those who want to change the situation, who are not only against the war, but also for the European future of democratic Russia, without militarism and without authoritarian power”. , according to its creator.


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“Russians, don’t be Putin’s zombies!” says this sign during a demonstration in Vilnius in front of the Russian Embassy in Lithuania.

This new flag also symbolizes the renunciation of all territorial claims. To become a free and modern state, we must develop the territories we already have, and, more importantly, society and human capital. We must forget the dangerous and useless ideas of an aggressive foreign policy.

Alexander, Russian citizen of Moscow, originator of the anti-war flag


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“I am Russian and I support Ukraine” or “End this war”, chanted these demonstrators.

It reminds me of the Jewish opposition to Zionism… These are people who appreciate Russian culture, but who do not agree with this decision of the Russian government to invade Ukraine. It’s heartbreaking for many, it’s true, and it can help those who created it feel good. That said, I don’t really see any impact of this initiative, neither outside Russia nor inside.

Yakov M. Rabkin, professor emeritus in the history department of the Université de Montréal

“Purify” Russian society of “traitors”


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President Putin during his bitter speech to Russian exiles on Wednesday

Life for Kremlin opponents in Russia could become increasingly difficult in the coming weeks. Vladimir Putin took the floor on Wednesday evening to deliver a speech filled with threats of violence against his critics. He accused “a fifth column of national-traitors” of working to achieve the West’s anti-Russian goals. “The Russian people will always be able to recognize scum and traitors, spitting them out as one would spit out a fly that had entered one’s mouth,” Putin said, according to Agence France-Presse. I am sure that such real and necessary self-purification of society will only strengthen our country. On Thursday, the Kremlin added that those who break the law “will be punished in accordance with the law.”

71%


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Vladimir Putin on Friday during a speech at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium to mark the eighth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea

This is the proportion of Russians who say they are proud of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to a poll conducted by independent sociologists and reported by Radio Free Europe on Thursday.


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Demonstration against the war in Ukraine by Russian exiles in Cyprus, last Sunday

We must also pay attention to anti-Russian anger, even in Quebec. In Gatineau, a friend of my daughter, who is Lithuanian and Ukrainian and who speaks Russian with her daughter, said that she no longer felt comfortable speaking Russian on the playground… That’s a phenomenon unprecedented in my opinion.

Yakov M. Rabkin, professor emeritus in the history department of the Université de Montréal

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