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[Azerbaijan People's Front]

Flag of Azerbaijan People's Front - Image by Ivan Sache, 21 June 2003

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Presentation of the Azerbaijan People's Front

In 1987 M. Gorbatschow expelled Guedar Aliev from the Politburo and the Soviet government. Since Aliev was the only Azerbaijani member in this government, this caused violences in Baku and the formation of the independentist Azerbaijani People's Front.

Source: P. Lux-Wurm, Les drapeaux de l'Islam [lux01]

Ivan Sache, 21 June 2003

Flag of the Azerbaijan People's Front

The Azerbaijan People's Front used the same flag as the first Azerbaijan flag from 1918, slightly modified. The flag is horizontally divided blue-red-green with a white crescent and eight-pointed star placed in the red stripe near the hoist.

Source: P. Lux-Wurm, Les drapeaux de l'Islam [lux01]

Ivan Sache, 21 June 2003

Possibly related variant of the Azerbaijan national flag

[Variant of national flag]

Variant of the national flag - Image by Jorge Candeias, 4 February 2006

Number 178 of the Vida Soviética magazine, issued in May 1990, has as its main theme the situation and prospects in the soon to become ex-Soviet Azerbaijan. Among other things, it includes a photography of a massive nationalist demonstration in the republic (the exact place isn't mentioned, but I'm guessing Baku) where a large flag is visible.
It has a few differences to the version that ended up being adopted by the independent country:

- the shades are different: the blue stripe is very light (I'd call it celestial) and the green stripe is extremely dark, almost black.
- the star is thicker, as if it's made of two squares slanted 45 degrees, and its position is closer to the crescent.

Moreover, what's visible in the photography is the reverse of the flag. I'm guessing here (from current use, from other Turkic and Islamic flags, etc.) that the obverse would be identical, that is, that the crescent faces the fly in the obverse and the hoist in the reverse, but I can't exclude the possibility that the crescent and star symbol in this flag is inverted relative to the national flag that was adopted.

Jorge Candeias, 4 February 2006