May 9 is widely celebrated as Victory Day over Nazi Germany in World War II in Russia and former Soviet republics.
St. George ribbons have been distributed among the residents of Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin and Merano.
Apart from the distribution of the ribbons, activists held Immortal Regiment marches in Rome, Milan and Venice.
The orange-and-black-striped ribbons of St. George, symbolize the Soviet contribution to the Allied victory in World War II and mimics the colors of a Soviet-time and later Russian decoration that was awarded for acts of valor on the battlefields of the war.
The Immortal Regiment is a patriotic initiative that commemorates WWII soldiers in marches held across Russia and other countries. During the marches, people carry photographs of their ancestors who participated in the war.