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Armenia in the Soviet Union (early flags)

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Flag of 1922

Flag of Armenian SSR in 1922 image by Mark Sensen, 17 Apr 1996

Red with in the upper hoist yellow Cyrillic initials (SSRA) in sans-serif.
Mark Sensen, 17 April 1996

Soviet Armenia or the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic was proclaimed on November 29, 1920 by the Armenian Communists.
Gevork Nazaryan, 24 March 2001


1922-1936: Transcaucasia

After the three republics (Armenia, Azerbaidjan, and Georgia) had been conquered by the Red Army, a Transcaucasian Socialist Federal Soviet Republic was formed in 1922, becoming a Union Republic of the USSR in the same year. In 1936 this republic was abolished and Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia were established as Union Republics.
Jarig Bakker, 26 March 1999,
quoting Everyman’s Concise Encyclopaedia of Russia, S. V. Utechin, 1961


Flag of 1937

Flag of Armenian SSR in 1937 image by Mark Sensen, 25 May 1996

Red with in the upper hoist yellow Armenian script initials in serif. Yellow hammer and sickle above.
Carsten Linke, 6 June 1996

The four Armenian letters correspond to "H-Kh-S-H", that most probably stand for, by Western Armenian pronunciation, to "Hayasdani Khorhurtayin Sovedagan Hanrabedutyun", which means "Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic".
Nareg Seferian, 13 September 2002


Flag of 1940s

Flag of Armenian SSR in 1940’s image by Mark Sensen, 02 Jun 1996

Red with in the upper hoist yellow Armenian script initials in serif. Yellow hammer and sickle above.
Mark Sensen, 02 June 1996

The Armenian letters correspond to "H-S-S-R", that most probably stand for "Hayastani Sovetakan Sotsialistikakan Respublika" (this one in Eastern pronunciation), which means "Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic", again but with more "Armenised" Russian words. It just shows how much Russian influence had been brought into the society of Soviet Armenia by then. Even proper Armenian spelling within the republic was changed.
Nareg Seferian, 13 September 2002

This flag was replaced by a new one in 17 December 1952.
Željko Heimer, 17 April 1996