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Mozdok, North Ossetia–Alania (Russia)

Last modified: 2021-12-31 by valentin poposki
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Mozdok flag image by Tomislav Šipek, 27 December 2021
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Mozdok is a county-status city in Mozdoksky District.

The flag is of ratio 2:3, the yellow stripe being 1/20 of the flag height and the mauve stripe being 1/5 of the flag height. The flag has been adopted on April 18, 2000. I would guess that the flower displayed on this flag is a crocus.
Pascal Gross, 06 July 2001

The city of Mozdok is in North Ossetia–Alania The city and the surrounding area, which are populated by [Terek] Cossacks of Russian and Ukrainian origin, made some moves in mid 1990s to separate from the Republic of North Ossetia–Alania. That move didn’t find any support from the Russian government and was abandoned.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 14 September 2002

Situated in the extreme north of the republic, Mozdok is connected to the rest of North Ossetia by a narrow isthmus. The land here is flat with rich soils and a well-developed irrigation system which guarantee Mozdok the highest agricultural yields of any part of the republic.

However, of a population numbering around 80 000, only 6000 are ethnic Ossetians. And the predominantly Russian population nurses ambitions to secede to the neighbouring Stavropolsky Kray.

In fact, Mozdok only became part of North Ossetia shortly after the Second World War when the Soviet leadership decided the region «did not have enough ploughed land to sustain its population». The move was part of a general trend in the North Caucasus during the 1950s. Each of the potentially mutinous republics was “awarded” a stretch of Russian- or Cossack-populated land in a bid to dilute its ethnic make-up.

A few Ossetian settlers had moved down to Mozdok in the late 18th century but they never made up more than 10 per cent of the population. And, after Mozdok was assimilated into North Ossetia, the proportion of ethnic Ossetians across the republic dropped to 50 per cent — a level that remained consistent until the 1980s.

Pascal Gross, 06 July 2001, quoting from

Tomislav Šipek, 27 December 2021