About 6 million St. George ribbons will be distributed in Moscow, a RIA Novosti deputy chief editor said on Thursday.
“We are organizing this campaign for the sixth time. Some 50 million ribbons were distributed during previous campaigns,” Sergei Vykhukholev said.
According to the organizers, more than 10 million ribbons were distributed across Russia in 2009, including 2 million in Moscow and another 2 million in St. Petersburg.
Vykhukholev said that the campaign is not political and not commercial and ribbons are free of charge.
The campaign, which was initiated by RIA Novosti and the Student Community youth organization, commemorates the heroes of the eastern front during WWII and involves hundreds of partners in Russia and abroad.
More than 55 million orange and black ribbons have been distributed across the globe since the campaign was first held in 2005. Ahead of Victory Day, people in many countries decorate their cars, clothes and everything else with the ribbons as an expression of their respect for those who died during the war.
Orange and black are the traditional colors of Soviet and Russian awards for achievements in combat. The black and orange stripes symbolize smoke and fire.
MOSCOW, April 22 (RIA Novosti)