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Historical non-Soviet Kalmykia flags (Russia)

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Pre-ASSR flags

Prior to 1934 our flag colours were golden yellow and brown.
Erdne Dorje, 22 Jun 1998


Exile Kalmyk flag of 1932

Kalmyk diaspora flag
image by Chris Kretowicz, 06 Jun 2001

Prof. Trembicki mentions in “Flags of Non-Russian Peoples under Soviet Rule” (Flag Bulletin 8, 1969 [tbc69]) flag adopted by the Kalmyk World Congress during its gathering in Prague in Czechoslovakia in 1932. The flag description says roughly: «on the yellow field sky-blue circle. In it Cingis Khan’s gerfalcon in free flight. Underneath, nine yak tails.»

In early 70-ties I asked a friend, Czech film-maker Jana Chroustova, to go into trouble and find out how that flag looked.She siffted thru microfilms of old newspapers in the archives of Prague, found the photograph, and send me a crude drawing of adopted by the above Congress National Flag of the Kalmyks. I did contact the (supprisingly large) Kalmyk diaspora in Czech Republic, but besides recollection of adopting the flag, nobody there could supply me with its image.

The basic design is remarkably similiar to the present flag of the Republic of Kalmykia and to the one of Dr. Otto Doll’s Kalmyks of 1943 (flag featured in Flag Report 17 [frp]).

Chris Kretowicz, 06 Jun 2001


Flag of Dr. Otto Doll’s Kalmyks of 1943

Kalmyk diaspora flag
image by Jorge Hurtado, 06 Jun 2001

Dr. Otto Doll’s Kalmyks of 1943, flag featured in Flag Report 17 [frp]; the basic design is remarkably similiar to the present flag of the Republic of Kalmykia and to the flag adopted by the Kalmyk World Congress during its gathering in Prague in Czechoslovakia in 1932.
Chris Kretowicz, 06 Jun 2001


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