: :inin Kyiv (EET)

St. George’s Ribbons and Their Dubious Symbolism in Post-Soviet Central Asia

The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Uzbekistan has announced that between April 27 and May 8, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945, embassy staff would distribute free “ribbons of St. George” to the local population (Russia.uz, April 15). The Russian embassy in Tashkent had distributed around 4,000 ribbons in 2013 and 33,000 in 2014.
The orange-and-black-striped ribbon of St. George, a symbol of military valor in Russia, has become a disputed topic in many of the countries of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics …read more

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