The Six Flags of Svetlana Boginskaya – An Old School Gymnastics Blog

… It all comes down to the proverb “A language is a dialect with an army.” The quip that describes the arbitrary difference between the two. Some languages can be vastly different from each other, others can be quite similar. Russia and Belarus have a longstanding timeline of cultural overlap and shared history. The perceived etymology of Ukraine has often been “the borderland.” For Belarus the perception is “White Russia.”

In the aftermath of the breakup of the Soviet Union, Belarus appeared to be working towards differentiating itself from Russia. Lukashenko reversed that trend and that policy is what the 1995 flag change has come to represent. The old White-Red-White flag has since become an opposition symbol and can be seen at demonstration rallies.