Origin of the Red Star (2)

Having Google-translated three Russian texts that Roland Boer (Stalin’s moustache) was kind enough to suggest to me, I believe these authors argue for a French genesis for the red star. Apparently, the French army applied stars on their uniforms and the Russian army then adopted this custom in the mid 19th century. This martial connection is in line with the fact that the first time the Bolshevik red star is mentioned in press, in Izvestija on the 19th of April 1918, and some weeks later decided upon by Trotsky, on the 7th of May, it concerns ”Mars’ star” as an emblem for the Red Army. Thwarting rumours about the star’s masonic and satanic background and meaning, it was proclaimed that the star should have two beams pointing downward and one upwards. According to the authors, a Red Army leaflet explained that the red star symbolises Truth. If I understand the Google-translations correctly.

I haven’t been able to confirm that French uniforms actually had stars on them. It doesn’t sound implausible, but I still don’t detect them on images I have looked at. And I haven’t given up my theory about the significance of Boganov’s novel…

Top: Efim Ivanovich Kurashov portrayed by L. F. Golovanov. Right: “Soviet Russia in under Siege. Everyone to the Defence!”, propaganda poster from 1919 by Dmitry Moor.

6 thoughts on “Origin of the Red Star (2)

  1. Vinicio Dolfi 30 June, 2017 / 12:50

    I believe it depends on Bogdanov’s novel. If so, the red star symbolizes not only communism but also (and perhaps more); Cosmism.


    • Heart in a Heartless World 1 July, 2017 / 10:39

      Thanks for your comment! My knowledge of Cosmism is very poor. Could you recommend any reading? (Not in Russian.)


      • Vinicio 13 November, 2017 / 18:20

        The Russian Cosmists: The Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and His Followers
        George M. Young
        Editore: Oxford University Press Inc
        Anno: 2012
        Rilegatura: Hardback
        Pagine: 296 p.
        Testo in English
        Dimensioni: 236 x 164 mm
        Peso: 526 gr.

        EAN: 9780199892945


  2. abc the truth 6 August, 2020 / 23:07

    the secret is revealed


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