Soviet Union Flagt
The Soviet Union flag has an interesting story. But before discussing the flag itself maybe it would be of interest to know about the significance of the word red in the Russian language and culture. Red has, traditionally, a very positive connotation in Russian. It is related to words like very good, the best, beautiful. They even have a proverb that goes: the more red, the better.
Consequently, the Red Square in Moscow has a double meaning; besides the reference to its color, it also means the beautiful square. In addition, we should remember the most important Russian Orthodox celebration - the so-called Red Easter when priests dress in red garments. All this information should make us understand why the red Soviet Union flag became so important and popular in people’s lives from the very beginning of the 1917 Revolution. People got to rip the white and blue stripes off the tri-color Russian flag.
The national Soviet Union flag, like most Soviet flags, used a bright nuance of red. The Soviet Union flag law makes a very clear distinction between this type of red and the darker red used only on a limited number of flags. The hammer and sickle on the Soviet Union flag emerged from the unique Russian unity between the peasants and the working class who formed the Soviet Russian state together.
The red field symbolizes the blood shed by the workers around the world in their fight for emancipation. It was taken directly from the French red banner flown at the Paris Commune. There is one yellow star on the Soviet Union flag and it stands for both life and the huge energy coming from the sun. The star on the flag is empty because within there is the blood shed in the workers’ struggle.
The five points of the star represent the unity and international representation of the government – each point stands for one of the five continents. Another explanation for the five-pointed star on the Soviet Union flag is that each point represents one class in the communist society: workers, peasants, intellectuals, youths and soldiers. A strange aspect about the Soviet Union flag is that there was no hammer, sickle or star on the reverse side of it.
When the flag was adopted in 1914, the communists banned all the other flags of the member republics of the Soviet Union. When it was abandoned in 1991, most of these independent republic flags were restored. The Soviet Union flag with hammer, sickle and star was not created in 1918 but it was adopted in 1923. Hammer and sickle were symbols present in Soviet ideology since 1917.