In another effort to use patriotic symbols of the Soviet era to draw voters away from the Communist party, Russian president Boris Yeltsin has decreed that the red flag of victory, raised over the Reichstag building in Berlin in May 1945, will be flown along side the Russian tricolor in ceremonies marking the May 9 Victory Day. The flag will also be used in the future to commemorate Army Day and anniversary meetings, army parades, and processions of war veterans in Moscow. (Interfax, April 16) Yeltsin said the flag would be flown in recognition of the fact that men and women of many various nationalities fought in the Soviet army in the Soviet period. (BBC World Service, April 15)
Yeltsin "Unyielding" on Sevastopol.