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Red stars on Russian combat planes turn multicolor

Posted by Kris Roman on December 5, 2008

After more than 90 years, the Russian stars will no longer be all red. They’ll be red, white and blue.

The Kremlin-controlled lower house of parliament voted 389-2 Friday to replace Soviet-era red stars on military aircraft with ones bearing the three colors of the Russian national flag. The five-pointed red stars have adorned the planes since the 1917 Bolshevik revolution.

The State Duma made the move even though the red star was officially restored as a military symbol and brought back to the military’s parade banners in 2002. The stars had remained on the planes all along, however.

But not all things Soviet have been abandoned. During Vladimir Putin’s presidency, Russia also restored the old Soviet national anthem — albeit with new lyrics.

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