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Democratic Party of Russia


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Democratic Party of Russia is a liberal political party. It was founded in 1990 as one of first alternative (i.e. non-Communist) political parties in modern Russia. One of its goals was to make Russia a member of the European Union, which reflects in the design of its flag. In 2008, the party has merged with Civic Force and Union of Rightist Forces to form the Right Cause party, meant to become a stronger replacement of three ideologically close, but weaker parties. Although the party nominally disbanded itself, it was actually transformed into the NGO named Andrei Bogdanov Center (Centr Andreya Bogdanova), which shared its members with the new party. After a series of conflicts within the Right Cause, which culminated at the party congress in September same year, many of original members of the Democratic Party of Russia have distanced from the party and eventually transformed the NGO into the refounded Democratic Party of Russia in February 2012. The refounded party was registered in April same year. Its president is Andrei Bogdanov, the last party president before the 2008 merger, after whom the NGO mentioned above was actually named.
Sources: Democratic Party of Russia (Wikipedia in Russian) and Vexillographia website.
Tomislav Todorović, 05 Aug 2012

Description of the flag

The party flag is derived from that of the European Union, by putting the party logo into the center of the ring of stars and repainting the stars at one, two and three o'clock positions into white, blue and red, respectively, keeping only the gold fimbriation around them. The logo consists of party name initials DPR (ДПР) in national colors and fimbriated gold, and a golden twig beneath them. The party name may be inscribed in gold beneath the whole device, but this seems to be optional, because there are the photos of party flags without it, like here (image). This photo also reveals that the position of the stars in national colors may vary.
Tomislav Todorović, 05 Aug 2012

Flag variant

Image by A Sedano and Tomislav Todorović, 05 Aug 2012

The position of the stars in national colors may vary, because there they are shown at the two, three and four o'clock positions. This is better seen on the T-shirt worn by the party president Andrei Bogdanov in the photo shown here (image). It is unclear if this has appeared after the party was refounded or was used before the 2008 merger as well.
Tomislav Todorović, 05 Aug 2012

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