Banner o Roushie
The banner o Roushie is a tricolour banner o three equal horizontal fields, white on the top, blue in the middle an red on the bottom. The banner wis first uised as an ensign for Roushie merchant an war ships an ae became offeecial in 1896. The banner continued tae be uised bi the Roushie Proveesional Government even efter the Tsar wis toppled in the February Revolution an wis no replaced till the October Revolution which establisht a Bolshevik government. Frae that time period, a red banner chairged wi communist seembols wis favoured ower the tricolour. It wis no till the collapse o the Soviet Union in 1991 that the tricolour wis brought back as the offeecial banner o the new Roushie Federation. The modren era banner unnerwent a slicht chynge in 1993 an haes been offeecial since 2000.
Meanin an oreegin o the colours
The banner o Roushie uises the Pan-Slavic colours o red, blue an white. While there are several theories as tae the oreegin an reason for the choice o the colours, nane is currently universally acceptit as correct. There is nae offeecial meanin assigned tae the colours in Roushie laws.
The three colours purportitly came frae the coat o airms o the Grand Duchy o Moscow, which depict Saunt George wearin white (silver) armor, ridin a white horse, wearin a blue cape an hauldin a blue shield, on a red field. Accordin tae anither version, these three colours wur associatit wi the robes o the Virgin Mary, the holy protectress o Roushie.
Yet anither interpretation ofthe three colours is that the order that they are placed in reflectit the Roushie social seestem unner the monarchy: white represents God, blue the Tsar an red the peasants. Anither vera common interpretation is the association o colours wi the main pairts o the Russian Empire: white thus represents Belaroushie ("White Roushie"), blue Ukraine (or Malorossia, "Little Roushie"), and re "Great Roushie".