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.