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Moscow Region (Russia)

Московская обла&

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Flag of Moscow region
image by Elena Kalianova and Pascal Gross, 30 Jul 1999
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Presentation of Moscow Region

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  • Name (english): Moscow Region • (russian): Московская область | Moskovskaâ oblasth
  • Capital (russian): Москва | Moskva • (english): Moscow
  • Area: 47 000 km² (≅18 100 sq.mi.) • Population: 6 482 700 inhabitants in 2000
  • Status: Region (область | oblasth) within the Russian Federation
  • Federal District: Central Region • Economic region: Center (central European Russia)
  • License plate code: 50 • Ham radio code: MO • ISO 3166-2 code: MOS
  • Flag adopted on 1999.03.09 • Coat of arms adopted on 1999.03.09
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Description of the flag

The Law on flag was adopted by Moscow Regional Duma (decision #5/155) on 3 dec 1997, but the governor was against it. He did not signed the Law, and Law did not took it into power. Flags were not made. On 9 march 1999 Governor (A. S. Tyazhlov), after consultation with historicians, signed the Law at last (1,5 years later!!). After this date new flags were made and hoisted near buildings of regional Duma and regional Administration.
Victor Lomantsov, 07 Apr 2000

The coat of arms of Moscow Region is the coat of arms of City of Moscow (St. George) directed in the opposite side. Flag is red background with St. George in canton.
Nikolay Khimenkov, 08 Apr 1999

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Law text

Law Of Moscow Region
On The Coat Of Arms And Flag Of Moscow Region
(adopted by decision of the Moscow Regional Council, 3 December 1997 #5/155)

Chapter III. The flag of Moscow Region

Article 8. The flag of Moscow Region is a rectangular bunting with a ratio of breadth to length of 2:3, red in color, with a two-sided representation in the upper hoist corner of the basic element of the coat of arms of Moscow Region, St. George the Victorious, facing the hoist. The width of the representation of the basic element of the coat of arms on the flag of Moscow Region should be 1/5 part of the length of the flag.

translated by John Ayer, 25 Feb 2000

On July, 15, 2005 the governor of the Region of Moscow Mr. Boris Gromov has signed two regional laws of the Region of Moscow: "About the Coat of Arms of the Region of Moscow" (this law has received number 183/2005-OZ) and "About the Flag of the Region of Moscow" (number 184/2005-OZ), which have been adopted on July, 6, 2005 by the Moscow regional Duma (decisions 9/146-P and 10/146-P, accordingly).
After publication of these two laws, the law of the Region of Moscow from March, 9, 1999 number 9/99-OZ (= Oblastnoy Zakon, regional law) "About the Coat of Arms and the Flag of the Region of Moscow" is cancelled (have stopped the action).
Scanes from full original texts of these two laws in TIFF-formate are free placed on an official website of the Government of the Region of Moscow in ZIPs - archives on http://mosobl.elcode.ru/zip/003/003729.zip (CoA, zip 2806 Kb ) and http://mosobl.elcode.ru/zip/003/003727.zip (flag, zip 1698 Kb).
The flag of the Region of Moscow has remained without changes.
Mikhail Revnivtsev, 3 Aug 2005
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Coat of arms

CoA of Moscow region
by Mikhail Revnivtsev, 3 Aug 2005

In new coat of arms of the Region of Moscow external details are added to the coat of arms of the Region of Moscow of 1999 as a gold imperial crown from the State Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation and three tapes of an soviet award (order) of Lenin (which the Region of Moscow has been awarded in 1934, 1956 and 1966). In a basis of this coat of arms is the coat of arms of the Governorat (guberniya, in Russian) of Moscow of 1856, which has an ancient origin lays. The version of the full coat of arms of the Moscow Region is developed by author's group of Union of heraldistes of Russia (UHR): idea - Mr.Konstantin Mochenov (leader of UHR),substantiation of symbolics, computer the schedule - Mdm.Galina Tunik, the artist - Mr.Robert Malanichev, computer design - Ms.Oxana Afanasieva
Mikhail Revnivtsev, 3 Aug 2005

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Previous Coat of arms

CoA of Moscow region
by Pascal Gross, 08 Apr 1999

The smaller shields with the arms of other towns of the oblast are:

  • Dmitrov (crowns on white semée with black crosses),
  • Zvenigorod (white "bell" on blue),
  • Kashira (black and red wyvern on white),
  • Klin (black rider on white),
  • Kolomna (canting arms, white obelisk on green-blue-green),
  • Mozhaisk (red fortress on white),
  • Serghiyev Posad (white fortress on blue),
  • Vereia (red brick made gate on white),
  • Volokolamsk (green "triangle" on white),
  • Serpukov (yellow peacock on red).
On some arms, there is a chief or a canton with the arms of Moscow city. (Source: Gerby Podmoskoviyh Gorodov. [gpg97])
Pascal Vagnat, 09 Apr 1999