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Unofficial autonomist flags of 1992-1993 (Russia)

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About these flags

At the beginning of the 1990s some regional leaders proposed to upgrade to autonomous republics. At that time autonomous republics had more rights and more budget than Regions (oblast) and Territories (kraj). People in Regions and Territories considered that this situation was unfair. The main figure in this process was A. Rossel, governor of Sverdlovsk Region. He proclaimed the Ural Republic on July 1st 1993. But official documents about this “proclamation” were not adopted. It was only a verbal announcement. Analogous processes occurred in many regions: Perm, Vologda etc. After discussions with the federal government, regions obtained equal rights as republics and the “republican movement” finished.
Victor Lomantsov, 17 April 2000

In 1992 or 1993 some regions self upgraded to constituent republics, and used ephemeral unofficial flags. As far I know the main republics were: Chelyabinsk, Khabarovsk, Yenissei (Krasnoyarsk), Perm, Samara, Ural (Sverdlovsk or Ekaterinenburg), Tyumen, Primorski Republic (Vladivostok) Vologda and Zelenchuk-Urupsk.
Jaume Ollé, 15 April 2000

I’m sure that most of these flags are fictitious. I don’t know who is the author of them… They were never  adopted and never existed. Only two are real flags: Ural Republic had horizontal white-green-black flag (like in 1918). The flag was not adopted officially. The red flag with a bear, a book and a cross is the flag of Perm (city) now.
Victor Lomantsov, 17 April 2000

There has been too much confusion about Russian/Soviet flags of this period, with unconfirmed reports, incorrect attributions, faulty spellings, fanciful interpretations, etc. As many or even much as about flags from much remote geographic locations and historical periods. Let’s face it: 1992-1993 was less than 10 years ago — whatever there is to be known about these flags can be very easily re-evaluated still now and it is possible to separate wheat from chaff. We don't need to cling to the doubt of a shady doubtful, and eventually errouneous or even false report from nine years ago, for people who designed, manufactured, hoisted and followed these flags do still remember them. This material is possible of confirmation, and it should be studied.
António Martins, 18 April 2000

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