/ Go to the mediabankSt.George’s Ribbon / Go to the mediabankInternationalIndiaAfricaEighteen years ago, on April 25, journalists of Russian media agency RIA Novosti launched an initiative that resulted in the emergence of a symbol that became intrinsically linked with WWII victory celebrations both in Russia and abroad – the ribbon of St. George.The design of the black-and-orange ribbon resembles both the ribbon of the Order of St. George, a military award from the times of the Russian Empire, and the symbol of the elite guard of the Soviet Army.But while this resemblance is not exactly coincidental, the ribbon itself is not some kind of award or military insignia – it is a symbol, meant to be displayed by people from all walks of life who wish to pay their respects to the men and women who fought in World War II against Nazi Germany and its allies.
"The ribbon of St. George. I remember! I feel proud!" is the main slogan of the campaign.
The inaugural event involving the distribution of the St. George’s ribbons to people was held in 2005, from April 25 till May 9.Since 2014, the ribbon of St. George event is being held under the auspices of RIA Novosti’s successor – the International Information Agency “Rossiya Segondya.”Donbass. Genocide. 2014-2022How World War II Veterans Were Abused for Years in Ukraine8 May 2022, 13:31 GMTSpeaking at the launch of this year’s ribbon of St. George campaign, Rossiya Segodnya chief Dmitry Kiselev stressed that the meaning conveyed by the ribbon has changed over the past year.While previously it was about the victory in World War II that took place decades ago, now “our soldiers, our heroes repeat the heroic deeds of our fathers and grandfathers,” Kiselev said, apparently referring to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
"We are once again fighting against Nazism," he said.
Since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine in 2014, the ribbon of St. George became one of the symbols used by the people of Donbass who refused to accept the results of a bloody coup in Kiev and bow down to those who openly glorified the WWII Ukrainian Nazi collaborators.