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For astronomical meanings of "red star", see red dwarf, red giant, and stellar classification.
Red star on the Soviet flag
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Red star on the Soviet flag

The five-pointed red star is a symbol of Communism and represents the five fingers of the worker's hand, as well as the five (inhabited) continents. A lesser known suggestion, is that the five points on the star were intended to represent the five vanguard classes that would lead the nation to communism. In no particular order, they are: the youth (the future generations), the military (to protect and defend socialism), industrial workers (labourers), agricultural workers (peasantry), and the intelligentsia (to criticize and to improve the ideas and practices of life in order to attain this utopia). In general, it was the emblem, symbol, and signal that indicated the supposed truth of the new order under the rule and guidance of the Communist Party.

The red star is or was used on several flags and coats of arms of communist states, for example on the flag of former Yugoslavia. Sometimes the hammer and sickle was depicted inside or below the star. Since the fall of the Soviet bloc, the red star has been banned in some countries (e.g. in Hungary, it is a criminal offense to publicly show or use the symbol).

The Russian military newspaper is also called the Red Star (Russian Krasnaya Zvezda). Several sporting clubs from communist countries used the red star as a symbol, and at least two named themselves after it:

A five-pointed red star is also used by Heineken, Mozilla, and Macy's, but without any communist connotation.

"Red Star" is also the name of the first Kid Twist technopunk album.

See also

de:Roter Stern eo:Ruĝa stelo he:הכוכב האדום nn:Den raude stjerna sl:Rdeča zvezda

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