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Balkarian people (Russia)

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Balkarian flag
image by Roman Potapov, 05 Oct 2000
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Description of the flag

This national flag was adopted by 3rd session of 1st Congress of Balkarian people on 19, June, 1993. Author of the flag was I. Ẑankuŝev | И. Жанкушев. Symbols:

  • Blue colour — family of turkish peoples
  • Upper white stripe — celestial way of balkarian people
  • Lower white stripe — earthly way of balkarian people
  • White “double-headed” mountain — Elbrus (highest point in Caucasus, 5642 m) - two related peoples: balkarians and karachai
Victor Lomantsov, 04 Oct 2000

According to Vexillologie 116 [vex], this is the flag of Balkar National Council and of the self-proclaimed Balkar Republic.
Jan Zrzavy, 27 Jun 2001


Tjore organization

Flag of Tjore
image by Jaume Ollé, 26 Jun 2001

According to Vexillologie 116 [vex], the blue flag with two white stripes, white circle, and white Elbrus Mt. belongs to the Karachay-Balkar organization Tjore (= Home?).
Jan Zrzavy, 27 Jun 2001


Aspirant chart flag

Flag of Balkaria
image by Željko Heimer

This flag, in light blue, is listed under number 107 at the chart Flags of Aspirant Peoples [eba94] as: «Malkar Respublika (Balkarians) - North Caucasus, Russia».
Ivan Sache, 15 Sep 1999


Reported but inexistent autonomist flag of 1992

another flag of Balkaria
image by Jaume Ollë, 18 Jan 2003

I wander where this design comes from. Like many other post-soviet russian flags, it shows clear reminiscences of the RSFSR flag. The spelling "Волкария" ("Volkariâ") is quite weird, as the first letter should really be a cyrillic "b", not a latin one. Balkars, by the way, call themselves "Malkar", so this is not a local language issue. The second letter should also be something else: an "a" — I smell super-correction syndrome (with an "o" it would still sound as "a" in normative Russian pronunciation). All this may imply well-meaning but not very astute “research” made by a non-russian.
António Martins, 18 Jan 2003

This flag is a mistification. It never existed. You can throw out it to garbage basket.
Victor Lomantsov, 19 Jan 2003