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Moscow 850th anniversary commemorative flags (Russia)

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Introduction

The main celebrations of the 850th Moscow anniversary occured in the week-end of 1997.09.07-08 and the city was massively decorated with bounting and flags. From every street lamp pole in the main avenues and city center streets groups of three approx. 50×75cm flags waved in the wind. They were of four types: Russian (sometimes it was sleeved upside down, giving to the celebration an odd serbian flavour), Moscow City and two kinds of anniversary flags; two logos were extensively used in anniversary memorabilia (along with less used ones), and flags were made out of both:
António Martins, 21 and 25 Oct 1997


Blue and red logo on white

Moscow city 850th anniversary flag #1
image by António Martins, 25 Oct 1997

This has a simplified Moscow coat of arms (red and white only) with "850" on a counterchief. Around the shield (from 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock) a 3-part blue scroll with "1147 МОСКВА 1997" in blue. A hand waver at the Ŝeremethevo2 international airport (Moscow) measured 20×15 cm.
António Martins, 25 Oct 1997


Blue and red logo on tricolor

Moscow city 850th anniversary flag #3
image by António Martins, 25 Jul 1999

This flag I did not saw when I was in Moscow in the eve of the celebration days, but, for my big surprize I found here in Ĉeboksary (two years and 700 km away), in window sticker format: It consists of a russian tricolor superimposed with the same logo as the previous, but this time it shown lined in black and with a darker shade of blue in the scroll (darker than the flag’s middle stripe). I repeat that I didn’t saw this one at the time (and Moscow was heavily decorated with small flags in lamp posts and fassades), but it should have existed in some quantity.
António Martins, 25 Jul 1999


Full color logo on white

Moscow city 850th anniversary flag #2
image by António Martins, 2 Feb 2010

This one was much more seldom than the first. It shows also the Moscow coat of arms, full color, in in a shield with a white old style "МОСКВА" in counter chief, both (shield and counter chief) outlined gray. A more sophisticated scroll, dark yellow, has centrally "850" on it, and laterally "1147" and "1997"; a medal with a head profile of the city’s founder, Ûriĭ Dolgorukiĭ (Юрий Долгорукий — Yuriy The Long-Armed), pends from the bottom. Crowning the shield another dark yellow folded ribbon with the russian coat of arms on the middle. This flag was mostely also in white background, but I spotted also some red ones (below).
António Martins, 25 Oct 1997 and 02 Jun 1999


Full color logo on red

Moscow city 850th anniversary flag #4
image by António Martins, 2 Feb 2010

Above it is said that the 2nd flag come in two variants, white and red, less often.
António Martins, 2 Feb 2010


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