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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

11 September 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. The History of the Russian National Flag

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. The History of the Russian National Flag. 2013


The familiar Russian white-blue-red tricolour wasn’t always the symbol of our country… in the long history of the Russia, the flag changed several times; there was a black-white-yellow flag in the 19th century, and there was the familiar Soviet red banner. We offer you this infographic, which illustrates Russian flags from different historical periods. The Russian tricolour has a more than 300-year history. The Russian national flag appeared in the period between the 17th and 18th centuries, the era that marked the rise of Russia as a great power. The first white-blue-red banner flew over the first modern Russian warship, the frigate Oryol, in 1668, during the reign of Pyotr Veliki’s father Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich. Pyotr Veliki issued a decree on 20 January 1705 ordering all Russian merchant ships to hoist the white-blue-red flag. Thus, he was the “father” of the modern tricolour, as he sketched out the design, and decided upon the order of the horizontal stripes.

In 1858, Tsar Aleksandr Nikolayevich approved a flag “with black-yellow-white horizontal stripes, to be the Imperial banner, for use for public display on special occasions”. He issued a decree on 1 January 1865 naming the colours black, yellow, and white “the national colours of Russia”. In the USSR, for more than 70 years, the red flag was the national flag. An extraordinary session of the RSFSR Supreme Soviet on 22 August 1991 decided to reinstate the tricolour as the official Russian flag. A Presidential decree of 11 December 1993 formally approved regulations making the white-blue-red banner the State Flag of the Russian Federation. On 25 December 2000, President Vladimir Putin signed a federal law, “On the State Flag of the Russian Federation”. In accordance with the law, the State Flag of the Russian Federation is a rectangular banner of three equal horizontal stripes, white on top, blue in the middle, and red on the bottom. The flag’s ratio is laid down as 2:3, which means that the height is 2/3 of the width.

22 August 2013






11 September 2013. Got “Old Faithful” Back… Back Up to Snuff in Image Editing

00 happy computer family. 11.09.13


Got my “Old Faithful” back from the shop… new motherboard… new this n’ that… and it’s good working on a CAPABLE desktop rather than a laptop. Laptops are good for many things, but for hardcore image editing of the sort that I engage in, I need a more powerful and faster desktop. I have no illusions. I have to raise the scratch for a new machine… this one won’t last forever. My geek told me that I need 64-bites and 16 gigs of RAM… and I believe him. So, I’m going to have to put the bucks aside for something new. The only glitch is that the audio card isn’t enabled, but I left an e-mail at the geeks’, and I expect that to be put right tout suite. Shit happens. I’m also getting used to a “tailless mouse“… that is, a computer mouse without a cord. It’s a little different, but I’ll have it mastered in no time. Of course, having my machine with all my imaging software back meant that I can resume the Yolkin cartoons and the Infographics. I’m going to catch up on those. Be good, kids… remember… Ya gotta wannaYa gotta give a shit… if you can master these two, everything else is a snap…


11 September 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Potential Participants in an Attack on Syria and their Deployed Combat Forces In-Theatre

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Potential Participants in an Attack on Syria and their Deployed Combat Forces In-Theatre. 2013


After releasing information about the alleged large-scale use of chemical weapons near Damascus by the Syrian government, the West openly threatened a possible intervention in the conflict. Our infographic allows you to learn more about the composition of the military forces in the region, and the units available to a potential invasion force. The situation in Syria ratcheted up on 21 August, when the Western media reported the large-scale use of chemical weapons by Syrian government troops near Damascus. The opposition Syrian National Coalition stated that the attack killed approximately 1,300 people. After that, the West began to talk openly about a possible intervention in the Syrian conflict. For more information, click here.

29 August 2013




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