Para bellum: Russian toy soldiers against Belarus, Kazakhstan

Bizarre toys are on offer in Kyiv shops, Internet users report

“The Russian world is preparing the battlefield for new operations. Toy soldier collections “Russia’s Special Forces’ are on sale in toy shops in Kyiv. It is noteworthy that Kazakhstan and (sic!) Belarus under the national white-red-white flag are chosen as enemies of Russian soldiers. So, kids, get ready!”.

The current national flag of is a red and green one with a white and red ornament pattern placed at the staff end. With a voter turnout of 64.7%, the new flag was approved by a majority in the ratio of three to one (75.1% to 24.9%) on the 1995 referendum. The way of carrying out the referendum as well as legality of questioning the national symbols was heavily criticized by the opposition.

After the referendum the white-red-white flag has been a symbol of the opposition to the regime of Aliaksandr Lukashenka, most notably at the protests after the 2006 and 2010 presidential elections. The flag is not officially banned from public usage, but its demonstration by political activists or sports fans may lead to arrests and confiscation of the flags.

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