The Flag of Russia is a rectangular flag consisting of three horizontal bars white blue and red in color. The flag was initially used by Russian Merchant ships which later was adopted as the official flag of Tsardom of Russia in the year 1696.
The current flag of Russia is believed to have originated from the Dutch flag. The oldest record of the flag dates back to 1668 during the reign of Alexis I. Although there are different opinions of the symbolism of the Russian flag, the most popular interpretation considers white on top if the flag to symbolize nobility, blue symbolizing honesty and faithfulness and red symbolizing love and courage.