Russia has long played an important role in with Periodic Table of Elements, thank to Mr. Mendeleev, Dimirti. Dimirti was able to detect a pattern with the fundamental substances that make up all matter. Since then Russians have been excited to do research on things very very small.
The fun flag for Ruthenium is based upon the Russian flag. Ruthenia is an old Latin name for Kivian Russia, which element 44 gets its namesake from.