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The National Anthem of the Russian Federation

An anthem is a formal song eulogizing and glorifying someone or something. The anthem of Russia is an official state symbol, same as the emblem and the flag.

The lyrics for the anthem were written by Sergey Mikhalkov (1913-2009), and the music was composed by Alexander Aleksandrov (1883-1946). The anthem was approved by the Law On the National Anthem of the Russian Federation issued on December 8th, 2000. The law sets forth the National Anthem of the Russian Federation, its description, and the procedure for official use.

During the official performance of the National anthem of the Russian Federation, all those present stand up to listen to it, and men take off their hats.

If the performance of the National anthem of the Russian Federation is accompanied by the raising of the National flag of the Russian Federation, all those present should look in the direction of the flag.

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By Sergey Mikhalkov

Russia — our sacred stronghold, Russia — our beloved country. A mighty will, a great glory — Your heritage for all time!

Be glorious, our free Fatherland, Ancient union of brotherly nations, Ancestor-given wisdom of the people! Be glorious, country! We take pride in you!

From the southern seas to the polar region. Spread our forests and our fields. You are the only one in the world! You are the only one of a kind — Native land protected by God!

Be glorious, our free Fatherland, Ancient union of brotherly nations, Ancestor-given wisdom of the people! Be glorious, country! We take pride in you!

A broad expanse for dreams and for lives. Is opened to us by the coming years. Our devotion to our Motherland gives us strength. So it was, so it is, and so it will always be!

Be glorious, our free Fatherland, Ancient union of brotherly nations, Ancestor-given wisdom of the people! Be glorious, country! We take pride in you!