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The national flag of the Russian Federation

 

The national flag of the Russian Federation is an official state symbol, whose description is established by law. It is a symbol of the sovereignty of the state.

 

The national flag of the Russian Federation is a rectangular cloth of three equal horizontal stripes: the uppermost is white, the middle is blue and the bottom is red. The proportion of the flag’s width to its length is 2:3.

 

 

 

The national emblem of the Russian Federation

 

The State Seal of the Russian Federation is an official state symbol and the state’s official emblem. The double-headed eagle has regained its status as the centerpiece of Russia's state seal, testifying to the continuity of Russian history.

 

The State Seal of the Russian Federation is a rectangular red heraldic shield. At the bottom, it has rounded corners and a pointed middle. The shield is adorned with a golden double-headed eagle spreading its wings upward. The eagle is crowned with two small crowns and, above them, a large crown, all three joined together by a ribbon.

 

 

 

The Russian National Anthem

 

The Russian national anthem is one of the official state symbols of the Russian Federation.

 

The lyrics and music of the national anthem create a ceremonial composition intended as a symbol of state unity. The anthem’s words reflect feelings of patriotism and respect for the country’s history and its system of government.

 

The national anthem can be performed by an orchestra or choir, separately or jointly, or using other vocal and instrumental media. Audio and video recordings can also be made and used in performing the anthem, as can television and radio broadcasts.

 

The national anthem must be performed in strict accordance with the approved music and text.

 

When the national anthem is performed at official occasions, the audience is expected to stand and men must remove their hats.

 

If the national anthem is played while the state flag is being raised, the audience faces the flag.

 

 

 

The Music of the Russian National Anthem

 

The Russian national anthem’s musical arrangement is the work of composer Pavel Ovsyannikov, the artistic director and chief conductor of the Presidential Orchestra, awarded the title of People’s Artist of Russia.

 

The Russian national anthem was first officially performed on December 30, 2000, at a state reception in the Great Kremlin Palace.

 

Performers:

 

The Moscow Kremlin State Choir. Artistic director and chief conductor – Honored Artist Gennady Dmitryak.

The Presidential Orchestra. Artistic director and chief conductor – People’s Artist of Russia Pavel Ovsyannikov.

 





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