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The coat of arms and the flag of Leningrad region
were adopted in December 7th 1997. Ratio of the flag
is 2:3. There are two shades of blue on the flag:
light blue on the coat of arms and (normal) blue on
the bottom stripe.
Michael Simakov, 09 Jul 1998 and 11 Jan 2000
It is interesting to note that the field of the
coat of arms is said on the law
to be «azure» (usually medium blue) and the wavy stripe
light blue — however, the image above (based on the one
shown at the official website) shows exactly the
António Martins, 28 Jan 2000
The winner of the contest to develop a new
coat of arms and flag for Leningrad Region was
V. I. Yevlanov, who was awarded the first prize
of ten million rubles (the
winner of the simultaneous contest to produce a
new anthem was awarded fifteen million). I can’t
discover anything else about him. The competitions
were conducted in the summer of 1997, and
were open to all who wished to enter, as
individuals or as teams, though corporations —
governmental, social, commercial, or whatever
else — were not allowed to participate.
John Ayer, 06 Feb 2000
Law about the flag of Leningrad
region was adopted by Leningrad Region
Legislative Assembly on 9 December 1997.
Proportions: 3 (length) : 2 (width). White
field = 2/3 of width. On the
center of white field is coat of arms
of Region. At bottom part is blue wavy line
over white wavy line over red wavy line.
Coat of arms of Region: on the sky-blue shield is
silver anchor crossed by golden
key. At upper part of coat of arms is silver wall
on red background.
Andrey Yashlawsky, 19 Jan 1999
The image (in 3:4 ratio) was taken from oblast’ site
and a mistake was possible on it, so we have to use the
Michael Simakov, 11 Jan 2000
Please note that the values given
are in old roubles: On Jan 1st 1998 the rouble was
devalued 1000 fold, being one new rouble equivalent to
1000 old roubles (it was also equivalent to one US dollar
— now it is worth four cents…) All this meaning that
the first prize was worth approx. 1000 USD.
António Martins, 19 Feb 2000
The shield is the coat of arms of the oblast. The waves along the lower side
of the flag is probably to show the sea (Gulf of Finland) and lakes (Lakes
Ladoga and Onega and some smaller lakes).
Blazon for the arms seems to be: В лазоревом (синем, голубом) поле накрест серебряный якорь и поверх его — золотой ключ ушком вверх; в червлённой (красной) главе щита — серебряная зубчатая мурованная стена
[In the azure (blue, light blue) field there is a silver anchor cross and on top of it there is a golden key with the eye upwards; in the scarlet (red) head of the shield - a silver crenellated wall.]
Elias Granqvist, 7 April 2020
The third legal document is an announcement of the contest winners, and (mostly) a program for the ceremony of presenting them to the public. A second officially adopts the designs, and a first amends the second. So:
(Articles 4-8, governing use of the arms)
A Law of Leningrad Oblast
On the Arms and Flag of Leningrad Oblast
(adopted by the Legislative Assembly of Leningrad Oblast 9 December 1997 N74-03)
Chapter I. General Propositions
Article 1.To confirm the coat of arms and flag of Leningrad Oblast - fundamental symbols of state authority, reflecting the social history and legitimacy of Leningrad Oblast as a member of the Russian Federation.
Article 2.The originals of the coat of arms (colored and black-white variants) and flag of Leningrad Oblast, and their descriptions, shall be preserved in the Russian state historical archives and available for perusal by all interested persons.
Chapter II. Coat of Arms of Leningrad Oblast
Article 3.The coat of arms of Leningrad Oblast consists of a heraldic shield with a ratio of width to height of 8:9 bearing a representation of a silver anchor crossed with a golden key on an azure (blue) field. In the upper part of the shield a silver embattled wall is depicted against a red field.
(Articles 11-16, governing use of the flag and very similar in substance to examples already submitted.)
Chapter III. Flag of Leningrad Oblast
Article 9.The flag of Leningrad Oblast is a rectangular bunting with ratio of length of breadth 3:2. In the upper part of the flag is placed a white field occupying 2/3 of the breadth. In the center of the white field is depicted the coat of arms of Leningrad Oblast. The width of the shield on the flag of Leningrad Oblast should be 2/9 of the length of the flag. In the lower part of the flag is a red wavy stripe, and below that a (light) blue wavy stripe, separated by a white stripe placed evenly between them, occupying 1/60 the breadth of the flag. The reverse of the flag is a mirror image of the obverse.
Article 10.When reproduced, the flag of Leningrad Oblast must conform exactly in colors and graphically to the original and description. It is permitted to produce the flag in various sizes, in various materials, and as a pennant.
Chapter IV. Control and Responsibility for Violation of this Law
Article 17.Authority over the correctness of production and execution of the coat of arms and flag of Leningrad Oblast subsists in the organs of executive authority of Leningrad Oblast.
Article 18.Persons guilty of infractions of this act bear responsibility in accordance with existing legislation.
Chapter V. Effective Date of this LawThis law will come into force on the day of its official publication.
Governor V. Gustov,
Sankt-Peterburg, 31 December 1997 N74-03
(The act amending the above act was passed 7 July 1998)
Article 1.Insert into the oblast law "On the Arms and Flag of Leningrad Oblast" of 31 December 1997 N74-03 the following amendments and additions:
- 1. From Article 1 remove the word "To confirm". It now reads,The coat of arms and flag of Leningrad Oblast are fundamental symbols of state authority, reflecting the social history and legitimacy of Leningrad Oblast as a member of the Russian Federation.
- 2. Article 3 replace with the following version:Article 3. The coat of arms of Leningrad oblast consists of a silver anchor and golden key on the blue field of a heraldic shield; in the upper part of the shield is a silver embattled wall. The heraldic description of the coat of arms reads: "Azure (blue) a silver anchor crossed per saltire by a golden key, handle upward; on a chief gules (red) a silver embattled wall.
- 6. Article 9 replace with the following version:Article 9. The flag of Leningrad oblast consists of a rectangular bunting with a ratio of length to breadth of 3:2. In the upper part of the flag is a white field, occupying 2/3 of its breadth. In the center of the white field is depicted the coat of arms of Leningrad Oblast. The width of the coat of arms must be 2/9 of the length of the flag. In the lower part of the flag, along its entire length, in the form of pointed waves, are a red stripe and under that a (light) blue stripe, separated by a white wavy line placed evenly between them, occupying 1/60 the breadth of the flag. The reverse of the flag is a mirror image of the obverse.
Article 2.The present act will come into force on the day of its official publication.
Governor of Leningrad Oblast
Sankt-Peterburg, 11 August 1998 N 28-03
translated by John Ayer, 28 Jan 2000 and 06 Feb 2000