reply to post by hoochymama
Well the bush family has a firm connection with the Nazi's.
And where did the Red Star and the hammer and sickle disappear to?
Care to venture an answer to that?
Edited for space.
Flag of the Soviet Union
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Name The Red Banner
Use Civil and state flag and ensign
Adopted November 12, 1923 (original version)
August 15, 1980 (last version used)
Design A plain red flag with a golden hammer and sickle and a gold-bordered red star in its upper canton.
The flag of the Soviet Union consisted of a plain red flag, with a hammer crossed with a sickle (the hammer and sickle) and a red star in the upper
canton. The hammer and sickle symbolized the nation's workers and peasants while the red star represented the rule of the Communist Party.
The first flag with the red star, hammer and sickle was adopted on November 12, 1923. In 1955, a statute on the flag was adopted which resulted in a
change of the hammer's handle length and the shape of the sickle. A final modification to the flag was adopted in 1980 in which the color was
brightened to light red. The flag continued to be a national flag until the collapse of the Soviet Union.
It is said that the red field is symbolism of the blood that has been spilled by workers and farmers. It honors the red flag of the Paris Commune of
1871. The ideology of communism can be seen from the flag. The red star and hammer and sickle represent communism and socialism. Not counting
Hungary or Lithuania, the Soviet flag has not been banned by any state and is still used in Russia. The flag of the Soviet Union consisted of a plain
red flag. A gold hammer is crossed with a gold sickle which are placed beneath of a gold-bordered red star. This symbol is then placed in the upper
left canton of the red flag.
The hammer symbolizes the nation's industrial workers (proletarians) while the sickle symbolizes the nation's agricultural workers (peasants)—who
together formed the state. The red star represented the rule of the Communist Party. The back side of the flag is officially just red, without the
symbols. However, in most cases, the symbols were on the reverse side in the reverse order.
The flag's design was statuted in 1955, which gave a clear way to define and create the flag. This resulted in a change of the hammer's handle
length and the shape of the sickle. The adopted statute stated that:
The ratio of width to length of the flag is 1:2.
Hammer and sickle are in a square with side equal to ¼ of the flag height. Sharp tip of the sickle lies in the center of the upper side of the
square, handles of hammer and sickle rest in bottom corners of the square. Length of the hammer and its handle is ¾ of the square diagonal.
Five-pointed star is inscribed into a circle with a diameter of ⅛ of the flag height, the circle is tangent to the upper side of the square.
Distance of the vertical axis of star, hammer and sickle from the flagstaff is ⅓ of the flag height. Distance from the upper side of the flag to the
center of the star is ⅛ of the flag height.
The final design of the flag was adopted in 1980. The design was kept the same except that the background color was changed. The color was brightened
from a near-burgundy crimson to a light to medium red.
Second Soviet flag: 1:2 ratio
November 12, 1923—August 19, 1955
Third Soviet flag: 1:2 ratio
August 19, 1955—August 15, 1980
During the establishment of the Russian SFSR, Vladimir Lenin and his colleagues had considered the inclusion of a sword symbol in addition to the
hammer and sickle as part of the state seal on which the flag was eventually based. The idea was dismissed as too visually aggressive. Lenin
apparently said "A sword is not our symbol."
The first official flag was adopted in December 1922 at the First Congress of Soviets of the USSR. It was agreed that the red banner 'was transformed
from the symbol of the Party to the symbol of a state, and around that flag gathered the peoples of the soviet republics to unite into one state - the
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics'. On December 30, 1922, the Congress adopted a Declaration and Agreement on the establishment of the USSR.
Article 22 of the Agreement states: 'the USSR has a flag, coat of arms and a state seal.' The description of the first flag was given in the 1924
Soviet Constitution, accepted in the second session of the Executive Committee (CIK) of the USSR on July 6, 1923. The text of article 71 states: 'The
state flag of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics consists of a red or scarlet field with states coat of arms'. It was ordered with the unusual
ratio of 4:1 in proportion and consisted of a red flag with the state coat of arms in the center. However, such a flag was never mass produced. This
flag was the official flag for four months, and was replaced as the official flag by the more familiar hammer and sickle design during the third
session of the CIK of the USSR on November 12, 1923.
In the third session of the CIK of the USSR, the description of Soviet flag in the Constitution was changed, and article 71 was edited to be: 'The
state flag of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics consists of a red or scarlet field, and in the canton a golden sickle and hammer, and a red
five-pointed star bordered in gold above them. The ratio of width to length is 1:2.' On August 19, 1955 "Statute on the State Flag of the Union of
Soviet Socialist Republics" was adopted by a decision of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. This resulted in a change of the hammer's
handle length and the shape of the sickle. A final modification to the flag was adopted on August 15, 1980, which changed the flag field into a bright
red. These modifications stayed into use until the disintegration of the USSR on 25 December 1991, in which the flag ceased to be a national flag.
Does it seem strange that when the Russians were not Soviets they enjoyed a greater harmony with Europe and America. When Russia became the USSR, they
were America's arch enemies. Now back to just Russians and things are becoming all warm and cuddly again?