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pre-Soviet Sverdlovsk Region flags, 1918 (Russia)

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Provisional Regional Government of Ural (1918)

VOPU flag
image by António Martins, 16 Feb 2001

In 1918 in Ekaterinburg the Provisional Regional Government of Ural (VOPU, russian abbreviation) was founded. VOPU had a flag: horizontal white-green-black tricolour. We don’t know why flag was such… Probably it was based on the coat of arms of Demidoff (famous family of entrepreneurs from Ural). The Government existed for a very brief period (several months). When antibolshevik Admiral Kolchak (“Supreme ruler of Russia”) took power in Ekaterinburg he abolished this flag. He wanted to revive united Russia and he hated separatists very much. I know Kolchak had all members of VOPU shot… This flag was briefly readopted in 1992.
Victor Lomantsov, 21 Apr 2000


Red and green flag of the Ural Government (1918)

VOPU flag
image by António Martins, 16 Feb 2001

In Flag Report [frp] 15 is quoted the flag of the Ural Provisional Government: After the occupation of Ekaterinburg by the Czech legionaries (25 July 1918) it was created on 13 August 1918 the «provisional government of Ural» over the territories of the region (governments, gubernii, of Perm, Viatsk, Ufa and Orenburg). This government was created as a stopper between the Komutz (Samara) and the provisional government of Siberia. The head of the government was P. Ivanov. The flag of the provisional government was inspired on the Czech flag and was red over green. As far I know the flag was forgotten for many years and recently discovered.
Jaume Ollé, 19 Apr 2000

Vâtka is currently named Kirov. Though usually it is not so, in this area and era, the governorates coincided more or less with the current regions — Ufa governorate corresponding more or less to nowadays Bashkiria and Chelyabinsk Region.
António Martins, 01 May 2000


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