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The Flags of Belarus





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[ Postage stamp: 1992 White/Red/White Flag ]



The A Belarus Miscellany Web site proudly displays (on its opening page) two of the first postage stamps issued by the newly independent Republic of Belarus (August 31, 1992; specifically, the 4th & 5th stamps). The white-red-white flag and the Pahonia are important, affirmative symbols of Belarus as a people and as an independent nation.




The A Belarus Miscellany Web site includes the image of the historical white-red-white flag of an independent, democratic Belarus, whose history goes back as far as the Middle Ages. This flag was also adopted by the Belarusian Democratic Republic in 1918, and has three horizontally arranged stripes, white-red-white, of equal width.

The current official symbols of Belarus, as of the referendum of May 14, 1995, returned Belarus to a modified Soviet-era flag (from either 1951 or 1956; I have found two dates) and state seal (similar to the other Soviet republics; from 1919).

To anyone familiar with the current situation in Belarus and with the history of Belarus, the reasons for including the white-red-white flag and the Pahonia here instead are obvious.

I will be very happy to include the official flag of a democratic, independent Republic of Belarus on this Web site; but only when such a state exists. (That is, when there is rule of law, civil society, checks and balances, open media, and protection for individual and human--including economic--rights in Belarus.)


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