The first St. George ribbon” appeared on the streets of Russian cities with the eponymous action. The idea of this campaign appeared in the walls of the media group “Russia today”, according to tradition here, a press conference was held, during which the organizers told where and when to collect the ribbon from 24 April to 9 may. A video message to the audience were the General Director of MIA “Russia today” Dmitry Kiselev: “we are acutely aware how important it is to know and remember their history, the history of the great Patriotic war. George ribbon, an idea which was born within the walls of the Agency, has become a symbol of generations and memory. I want to become a “vaccine” against the repetition of wars.”
The organizers expect that the shares will be attended by the Russians of the 85 regions of Russia and 70 countries. To get the ribbon in Moscow by tradition the building of the MIA “Russia today” on Zubovsky Boulevard, and stations of the Moscow metro and in city parks. A full list of distribution points, ribbons in Russia and abroad can be found at ria.ru/gl and 9may.ru.
As noted by the Director of Repatriate Xenia Razuvaeva “it is Important that the action takes place thanks to the enthusiasm of activists of different public associations and concerned citizens across the country: they are going on the main streets and squares of the cities to give each person a symbol of Victory on the eve of the great feast. A special role is played here “Victory Volunteers”, they are the driving force in conducting such events: “St. George ribbon”, and others nationwide, participating in Parades, working with veterans, arrangement of memorial sites”.
The idea of action “George ribbon” was born in 2005 within the Agency (in 2005, RIA Novosti, 2013 — MIA “today Russia) with the participation of the public organization “Student community”. Since then the event has become not only national but also international: since 2009 the ribbons spread in the foreign offices of Rossotrudnichestvo around the world.
For more than 10 years, different public and commercial organizations became the organizers. For millions of people not only in Russia but also abroad, the St. George ribbon is a symbol of memory, of connection between generations and of military glory.
In 2016 the event is held by thousands of Volunteers Victories all over Russia under the coordination and support of Repatriate and Rossotrudnichestvo with the information support of the MIA “Russia today”.