On April 22, as part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, a large-scale campaign titled "St. George Ribbon" has been launched in more than 70 countries around the world with the support of Rossotrudnichestvo.
As part of the campaign, more than 50,000 St. George ribbons have been sent to the representative offices of Rossotrudnichestvo and Russian Centers of Science and Culture abroad.
Anyone can get a St. George ribbon and become a part of this large project by visiting the Rossotrudnichestvo office in their country.
"The St. George Ribbon campaign is especially loved by our compatriots living abroad,” said Rossotrudnichestvo head Liubov Glebova. “It’s not only a reminder of the heroism demonstrated by Soviet soldiers during the Second World War but a symbol of the unity of the Russians, wherever they live.”
The campaign involves not only the CIS countries but the states of Europe (Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Spain, Finland and others), the Americas (the U.S., Canada, Argentina and others) and Asia (including China, Israel, Vietnam).
African countries (Morocco, Congo, South Africa, Tanzania and others) are also taking part in the campaign.
"Rossotrudnichestvo, by meeting the aspirations of our veterans living abroad, their children and grandchildren, contributes to the spreading of this new Russian tradition and expands its borders," said Glebova.
"A St. George ribbon reminds us that the victory and peace were too high a price to pay and that all generations should remember this and prevent the recurrence of war."
The St. George ribbon:
The St. George ribbon has a centuries-old history. It began in 1769 when the St. George Order of the Russian Empire was established.
During the Crimean War of 1854-55, St. George ribbons were used to decorate special-service award weapons. During World War II, continuing the military traditions of the Russian army, the orange and black colors of St. George ribbons adorned the Order of Glory and soldiers’ medals.
Today the St. George ribbon campaign is a massive international project aimed at preserving the memory of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. It serves to form an idea of patriotism as well as a sense of pride in the historical and contemporary victories of the Soviet Union and Russia.
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