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5 May, 2010 04:34

St George Ribbon campaign bonds the nation in WWII remembrance

Russia has launched its annual St George ribbon campaign to mark the upcoming 65th anniversary of the victory in World War Two. The ribbon is a symbol of remembrance of those who fought and defeated Nazi Germany.

A tiny piece of fabric with immense meaning – the St George ribbon may be small, but as part of the campaign launched in 2005, it has become a large part of the Russian Victory day celebrations.

In the five years of the campaign, millions of the striped ribbons have been circulating throughout Russia and far beyond, reaching Europe, the Middle East, America and even Australia! This year organizers expect a record demand.

Starting from April 22, Russians may see a particular orange and black striped ribbon appearing on cars, posters, bags, purses and many other places. The ribbon consists of a bicolor pattern, with three black and two orange stripes.

“Once you wear it, you say ‘I remember!’ Remember all those who sacrificed their lives for the victory and say ‘thank you’ to all those still alive,” says campaign co-ordinator Aleksandr Khudyakov.

The war claimed the lives of almost 27 million Soviet citizens, mainly civilians, and the 30-centimeter ribbon links a long distance between past and present, unifying generations in remembering a turning point in world history.

A small factory in Central Russia was founded a century ago. During the Second World War, just like many others, this particular enterprise worked for the frontline, producing military uniforms. And just like its workers many years ago, forging victory in these walls, today dozens of others are producing one of its symbols – the St George ribbon. 

“We've made 2,000 kilometers of this ribbon for this year's celebrations! Which is by itself very symbolic, as this is the exact distance between Moscow and Russia's western border from where the Nazis started their invasion and where they were pushed back by the Soviet troops,” says factory worker Oleg Belousov.

The black and orange stripes of the ribbon symbolize the smoke and flames of war. In tsarist Russia, it decorated the Order of St George – the highest possible military award.

“One of the most precious pieces in our historic museum is the St George Star and the Order of St George, the 1st degree. It's a very rare award – over the Order's 200 year history, only 25 of these have ever been given out,” says historian Valery Durov.

Nowadays in Russia, the Order of St George remains the most prestigious military honor.

Since 2000, only nine of them have found their heroes, but the victory colors of the St George ribbon are something anyone can wear, and they do – to show their respect and gratitude to the Second World War heroes.

To learn more about the St George ribbon’s significance, follow the link.



  • Yevroopt stores
    Chisto Company tel.: +37529 397 9797


  • Association of Children's and Youth Organizations of the Kostanay region
    Ribbons will be available at the Association’s office: Kostanay, ul.Altynsarina, 106 (Youth Social Service), and at events held in the city from April 24, 2010 to May 9.


  • Narodny store chain


  • Buenos Aires
    Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots in Argentina
    1114, Uriburu 1252, 2 piso, dep.C
    Sergey Tolkachev


  • Sydney
    Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots in Australia
    115 Hogans Drive
    Bargo NSV 2574
    Igor Savitsky

  • Canberra
    Natasha Aksyonova
    Tel. 0400337550
    Kira Savina
    Tel. 0404234193


  • Vienna
    Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots in Austria
    1010 Wien, Singerstrasse 4/12
    Irina Ðœoutchkina


  • Brussels
    Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots in Belgium
    European Russian Community:
    Rue Docteur Haibe 2 – 5002 St. Servais
    Sergey Petrossov

  • Flemish Association of Russian-speakers
    Aghajanian Arena
    Flemish Association of Russian-speakers (FARG)
    Gravin Margaretalaan 46
    9150 Kruibeke


  • Plovdiv
    Fatherland Society
    zh-k Trakia, bl. 267, vkh. B, ap. 6
    Olga Atanasova, Chairman

  • Plovdiv
    Slavyanka Women’s Forum


  • Toronto
    Council of Russian Compatriots

Czech Republic

  • The Russian Tradition association and Coordinating Council of Compatriots
    Ruska tradice, o.s.
    Vocelova 602/3
    120 00 Praha 2

  • Public association: For a Multicultural Europe
    Plzenska 370, 267 01 Kraluv Dvur

  • The Chekhiya Segodnya monthly newspaper
    Havlickova 11, 110 00 Praha 1

  • The Prazhsky Telegraf weekly newspaper
    Havlickova 11, 110 00 Praha 1


  • Coordinating Council of Compatriots in Chili
    7510019, Santiago General Holley 2326, dept 905


  • Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots
    200002, Shanghai, Yan’an Dong Lu, 100 hao, 1107 shi (Lianyi Dasha)
    Mikhail Drozdov


  • Russian publishing house Vestnik Kipra
    P.O. Box 58236
    Limassol 3732
    Kristina Roosileht


  • Berlin
    Dialogue Compatriots Club

  • Berlin
    Intercultural Integration Tatar Union of Germany
    Wilhelm-Guddorf-Str. 24, 10365
    Venera Gerasimov-Vagizova

  • Nurnberg
    Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots in Germany,
    Russian-German Cultural Centre
    Rothenbacher Hauptstr. 74, 90449
    Irina Fiksel

  • Frankfurt-am-Main
    Russian cultural-educational and social center Istok
    Baumweg 10 60316
    Larissa Jurtscenko

  • Karlsruhe
    Russian House

  • Munich
    Russian Cultural Centre
    (Zentrum russischer Kultur in München, MIR e.V.)
    Schellingstrasse 115, 80798
    Tatjana Lukina

  • Hamburg
    Office of the Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots in Hamburg,
    Rossisko-germanskij Business Center Kronstadt
    Neuer Wall 61, 20354

  • Russian web-sites www.russian-online.net, www.russisch-fuer-kinder.de
    Ransen 2
    36251 Bad Hersfeld
    Polina Sorel


  • Russian Society of Denmark
    (Det Russiske Samfund i Danmark)
    Drejøgade 26E, 2.-201
    2100 Københavh OE
    Olga Kontogeorgis

  • Russian children’s school at the Russian Cultural and Scientific Centre
    (Det Russiske Center for Videnskab og Kultur)
    Vester Voldgade 11
    1552 København V


  • Russian Compatriots Club “Alexandria”


  • Helsinki
    The Finnish Association of Russian-speaking communities (FARO)

  • Tampere
    Russian Club
    Tampereen Venäläinen klubi ry
    Suvantokatu 13, 2 krs., 33100


  • Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots in France

  • Imperial Guard Commemoration Society
    (Gvardeyskoe Obyedinenie)

  • Center for the Russian Language and Culture
    (Centre de Langue et Culture Russe)


  • Coordinating council of Russian compatriots in Greece


  • Reykjavik
    St. Nicholas parish of the Moscow Patriarchate
    Oldugata 44, 101
    Tel.:. 699-12-12
    Ribbons distributed daily

  • Reykjavik
    Fossvogur cemetery
    Ribbons distributed May 8 from 10:00 to 11:00


  • Publishing House “Nasha Gazeta”
    Russian House 55 O'Connell Street Lower
    Dublin 1
    Sergey Tarutin


  • Union of Russian Expatriate Associations of Israel

  • Russian Information and Cultural Center in the State of Israel
    P.O.B. 661, Natanya 42106, Israel

  • Tel Aviv
    Union of the World War II veterans


  • Cultural Association of Expatriates from the USSR

  • Piedmont
    Association of Russian Compatriots


  • Skopje
    Chayka Society


  • The “Russian Speaking Women of Morocco” association (Casablanca)


  • Rotterdam
    Coordinating Council of Compatriots in Holland
    Postbus 21394
    3001 AJ


  • Norwegian-Russian Cultural Centre (NRCC)

  • Russian Language Centre in Oslo


  • Belostok
    Russian Cultural-Educational Society
    15-097, ul. M. Sklodowskiej-Curie 8/37.


  • Faro
    The “House of Russian Language and Culture” association


  • Russian Lipovans Community in Romania


  • Union of Russians in Slovakia


  • International Club of Slavic compatriots “Ruslo”
    (Mednarodni klub slovanskih rojakov)
    Zaliska 54
    1000 Ljubljana
    Yevgeny Meleshchenko

South Africa

  • Association of Russian compatriots in South Africa
    Tatiana Zhdanok (European Parliament)


  • Coordinating Council of Compatriots

  • Madrid
    Russian House federation in Spain

  • Barcelona
    Pushkin Center of Russian Language and Culture

  • Alicante
    Association of Immigrants from Eastern Europe in Alicante (AIPEA)
    Hotel de Entidades de Interes Social
    03010, Calle Rafael Asin 12 Bajo


  • Union of Russian Societies in Sweden (RURIK),
    Coordinating Council of Compatriots in Sweden

  • Website for compatriots www.arthologram.nu
    Hägnev. 20
    522 30 Tidaholm
    Petrushenko Irina

  • Society for Cultural and Economic Relations between Sweden and Russia
    Helmfeltsgatan 7
    211 48 Malmo
    Larisa Brattmark


  • Association of Russian Compatriots in Switzerland (ARCS)


  • Istanbul
    Russian Society for Education, Cultural and Business Cooperation

United Arab Emirates

  • Ribbons are distributed by the following companies and organizations: Russkoe Radio, Aeroflot, Russian Airlines, Aerosvit, Ukrainian Airlines, S7. Siberia, Ural Airlines, Russian schools in Dubai and Sharjah, The St. Petersburg State University of Engineering Economics international branch in Dubai, the Russian restaurants Fantaziya, Arbat, Nefertiti and Troika, Russkaya Kniga bookstore, the Russian food stores Moskovsky, Schastlivchik and Zelyonaya Dolina, the Parish of St. Philip the Apostle of the Russian Orthodox Church, Russian bakeries, travel agencies and car rentals.

United Kingdom

  • Ellen Wilkinson School
    Queens Drive, Acton, London, W3 0HW
    Saturday, from 10:00 to 14:00

  • Sarah Bonnell School
    Deanery Road, Stratford, London, E15 4LP
    Victoria Garanin
    Saturday, from 10:00 to 14:00

  • Pushkin House
    5a Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA
    Natalya Purishko
    Saturday from 10:00 to 15:00

  • David Game College
    69 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3JS
    Victoria Garanin
    Sunday from 14:00 to 18:00

  • Russian Dance Academy, Priory Community Centre,
    Acton Lane, Acton W3 8NY
    Zoya Alistratova
    Tuesday, Friday from 17:00 to 20:00


  • Washington, DC
    American Association of Russian Language, Culture, and Education (AARCE)
    8400 Rhode Island Avenue
    College Park, MD 20740
    Marina Dullnig

  • San Francisco
    Congress of Russian Americans

  • San Francisco
    Russian-American War Veterans’ Legion

  • Russian Center in Alaska
    15705 E Mothershead Ln, PALMER, AK 99645
    Anna Vernaya

  • New York
    Non-profit, charitable, educational organization Russian-American Cultural Center, Heritage (RACCH)

  • New York
    Russian-American Cultural Center (RACC)
    34 Hillside Ave, suite 4 C, NY, NY, 10040

  • Texas
    United Russian-American Association

  • Cossacks of America and Canada
    P.O.Box 4383
    Greenville , DE 19807
    Serge Tsapenko, Cossacks of America Ataman General

  • The Russian Washington newspaper
    Yelena Staroselskaya
    P.O. Box 651314
    Sterling, VA 20165

  • Alex Lyubashevsky (regular participant)
    165 Osprey Hackettstown, NJ 07840