The modern flag is the same as the National Flag of the Russian Empire of 1896.
The flag consists of three equal horizontal stripes: the top is white, the middle – blue and bottom – red. The ratio of the width to the length is 2:3.
The white-blue-red color cloth became the official symbol of the country. It came in place of the red flag, with which the Soviet Union (USSR) had lived for about 70 years.
The white-blue-red flag has a history of over 300 years. It is believed that it first appeared during the rule of tsar Peter the Great in 1667 on the ship called “Oryol” (Eagle).
Today there are many explanations why those colors were selected.
According to one version, back in the ancient times the white, blue and red symbolized honor, loyalty and courage respectively.
Another interpretation of the meaning of the three colors, where the white was the color of freedom, blue – the color of the Holy Mother of God, while the red was the symbol of the statehood.
There was also an interpretation of the three colors as the unity of Orthodox Church, tsarist power and the people.
In the present day Russian National Flag symbolizes: white – peace, purity, chastity; blue – faith, loyalty and truth; red – persistence, energy, strength, courage and blood shed for the Fatherland.
In the year 2013 Russian flag got into the Guinness Book of Records. In early July almost 30 thousand residents of Vladivostok staged a grand event. They stood on a bridge with red, blue and white flags in their hands. That tricolor got into the book of records as the largest “live” flag in the world.