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Customs flag

Russian Customs flag
image by Željko Heimer, Jozef Obskura and António Martins, 24 May 1999

The green flag with white saltire is the Customs Flag. It was adopted 3 december 1994 by presidential decree No 2152. This flag was Customs Flag of imperial Russia since 1827.
Victor Lomantsov, 11 Mar 2000

Any construction details for russian saltires? These images have them thinner than what I have seen. I wander also about the shade of green (normal or KGB’s very dark green?) and about the similarities between this flag and the Border Guard ensign (blue saltire with white fimbriation on green), considering shades and dimensions..
António Martins, 24 May 1999


Federal Security Service
Федеральная Служба Безопасности | Federalhnaâ Sluẑba Bezopasnosti

Russian Customs flag
image by António Martins, Željko Heimer and Jozef Obskura, 24 May 1999

As they say, the K.G.B. is now K.G.-used-to-B. But a new organization was created (or better, a new name was attibuted…), the F.S.B. — Federal Security Service. It uses a golden saltire on dark green. Their coat of arms is two swords or per saltire on vert.
António Martins, 04 Apr 1999


MVD (police)

I saw recently on russian TV, right there on the desk of some M.V.D. (russian police) big shot, a table flaglet, crossed with that of Russia, white with some kind of dark bordered round seal.
António Martins, 20 Aug 1999


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