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Kursk Region (Russia)

Kurskaâ oblasth

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Курская область

Flag of Kursk Region
image by António Martins, 06 Oct 1999

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Presentation of Kursk Region

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  • Name (english): Kursk Region • (russian): Курская область | Kurskaâ oblasth
  • Capital: Курск | Kursk
  • Area: 29 800 km2 (≅11 500 sq.mi.) • Population: 1 302 900 inhabitants in 2000
  • Status: Region (область | oblasth) within the Russian Federation
  • Federal District: Central Region • Economic region: Center Ĉernozem | Чернозем (south central European Russia)
  • License plate code: 46 • Ham radio code: KU • ISO 3166-2 code: KRS
  • Flag adopted on 1996.12.17 • Coat of arms adopted on 1996.12.17

Description of the flag

The flag of Kursk Region is based on the imperial flag, consisting of five unequal horizontal stripes of red (1), white (2), yellow (2), black (2) and red (1).
António Martins, 18 Feb 1999, and Michael Simakov, 24 Mar 1999

I saw this flag recently on TV (a very close and long image, shot at the governor’s office): The coat of arms does indeed cover the three central stripes, surrounded by a wide white fimbriation, unlike the erroneous image at the official website (!).
António Martins, 06 Oct 1999

The flag and the coat of arms were adopted on 17th December 1996 by the Duma of the Kursk Region (Kurskaya oblast) [Law N19-3KO].
Pascal Vagnat, 21 Dec 1998

Info at the site states a ratio of 2:3; colors are prescribed to be krasnyĭ (red), serebrânnyĭ (silvery), zolotoĭ (golden) and ĉërnyĭ (black).
António Martins, 28 Mar 1999


Wrong depiction at the official website

Flag of Kursk Region (wrong depiction)
image by António Martins, 06 Oct 1999

At the official regional website’s page, the image shown contradicts the text and what I saw on TV (behind the governor’s desk): it shows a ratio of 5:9, while the text prescribes 2:3… The real flag presents also a wide white fimbriation that is missing from the image and the coat of arms is much larger, reaching the white and black stripes.
António Martins, 06 Oct 1999


Coat of arms

CoA of Kursk
image by Pascal Gross

The coat of arms is: argent a bend azur charged with three partridges argent. The shield is surmounted by an emperor’s crown or (two red stripes under the crown) and surrounded with oak-wreath or with a ribbon azur. This coat of arms is similar to the former coat of arms of the Kursk governorate (adopted 5th July 1878), but the new coat of arms has two short red ribbons under the crown. In 1878 they were blue. This coat of arms is also canting since partridge is "kuropatka" in Russian. Before 1996 there wasn’t any flag or coat of arms for this region, created in 1934.
Pascal Vagnat, 21 Dec 1998


Kursk city flag

Flag of Kursk city
image by Pascal Gross, 31 Mar 2003

The law about the flag of Kursk city clearly states that the colors are not according to the coat of arms: not white (silver) with a light blue diagonal stripe, but azure with a dark blue diagonal stripe.
Pascal Gross, 31 Mar 2003


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