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Novgorod is submitted by Moscow

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Three days after the start of the invasion of Ukraine, on February 27, 2022, Russian anti-war activists created a new flag marking their opposition to Putin’s regime. The blood red stripe disappears and the blue becomes lighter in reference to the flag of Novgorod, a city in northwestern Russia. The symbol is strong: the city surrounded by marshes was one of the few non-autocratic islands in Russian history before being incorporated into Muscovy in 1478.

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According to the legend, the “new town” (in Russian novyi gorod) was founded in the IXe century by the Varangian prince Riourik, a Scandinavian merchant warrior. She f

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