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Monday, October 24, 2016

The Belarusian authorities asked the citizens to abandon St. George ribbons

The Belarusian authorities on the eve of 9 may, it is strongly recommended citizens not to use in the festivities of the St. George ribbon, made in Russia, a symbol of Victory Day. This is reported by users of social networks and organizers of various Patriotic actions.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

So, in the group “Vkontakte”, dedicated to the rally in Bobruisk “Thank you grandpa for the Victory”, the organizers of one of the conditions of participation indicate a recommendation not to use the ribbons and symbols of the Russian Federation.

Below in the comments explains that this is a requirement of the city administration: “Against the symbols of the Russian and St. George ribbons is all right with everyone, we just kindly ask you to comply with the requirement of state bodies”.

Popular microblogger @belamova (RB brain”) adds another quote from the VC, according to which “in the last year in all state institutions passed the decree voluntarily/forcibly to use them (ribbon — ed.) to continue”. Otherwise “everything will cancel, and we’ll go home”.

However the information about the undesirability of St. George ribbons in Belarus appeared in 2014, when, under this symbol of the unfolding events in Crimea and Southeast of Ukraine. Then in interview “Radio Freedom” Secretary of the BRSM (Belarusian analogue of Komsomol) Andrei Belyakov said that his organization tries not to use a ribbon in their activities, however, “such a ban directly, no.”

However, in Belarus, as in Ukraine, after the Russian St. George ribbons were created as symbols of Victory. The Ukrainians chose this poppy flower, whose black circle framed by red petals reminiscent of a bullet hole, and Belarus created the logo red-and-green Apple trees flower in colors national flag. With this symbol you may encounter in Russia, in particular conductors coming into the country Belarusian driveways, where he is on holidays is part of the uniform.

Recall that in Russia St. George ribbon appeared 11 years ago as a PR campaign of the project of RIA Novosti, dedicated to the Victory Day, after which he was “adopted” at the state level.

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