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Kursk Region (Russia)

Kurskaâ oblasth

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Курская область

Flag of Kursk Region image by Tomislav Šipek, 4 April 2020

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Presentation of Kursk Region

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  • Name (English): Kursk Region • (Russian): Курская область | Kurskaâ oblasth
  • Capital: Курск | Kursk
  • Area: 29 800 km2 (~11 500 sq.mi.) • Population: 1 302 900 inhabitants in 2000
  • Status: Region (область | oblasth) within the Russian Federation
  • Federal District: Central Region • Economic region: Center Ĉernozem | Чернозем (south central European Russia)
  • License plate code: 46 • Ham radio code: KU • ISO 3166-2 code: KRS
  • Flag adopted on 1996.12.17 • Coat of arms adopted on 1996.12.17

Description of the flag

The flag of Kursk Region is based on the imperial flag, consisting of five unequal horizontal stripes of red (1), white (2), yellow (2), black (2) and red (1).
António Martins, 18 February 1999, and Michael Simakov, 24 March 1999

I saw this flag recently on TV (a very close and long image, shot at the governor’s office): The coat of arms does indeed cover the three central stripes, surrounded by a wide white fimbriation, unlike the erroneous image at the official website (!).
António Martins, 6 October 1999

The flag and the coat of arms were adopted on 17th December 1996 by the Duma of the Kursk Region (Kurskaya oblast) [Law N19-3KO].
Pascal Vagnat, 21 Dec 1998

Info at the site statesember a ratio of 2:3; colors are prescribed to be krasnyĭ (red), serebrânnyĭ (silvery), zolotoĭ (golden) and ĉërnyĭ (black).
António Martins, 28 March 1999

This flag seems to have changed and now the stripes are 2:1:1:1:2 (before 1:2:2:2:1) with the arms in the center of the 3 central stripe (as before but is not exactly same) as you can see in Google images. I see some photos and really the wide of stripes has changed, but I don't know when was.
Jaume Ollé, 21 August 2014

Variant with different stripe widths

Flag of Kursk Region image by Tomislav Šipek, 4 April 2020

In 1996 the Flag Law had the addendum - the image of the flag with 1:2:2:2:1 stripes. But the textual description was another - 2:1:1:1:2. In fact they used 2:1:1:1:2 flag (I saw many photos).
Victor Lomantsov, 22 August 2014

Coat of arms

CoA of Kursk image by Pascal Gross

The coat of arms is: argent a bend azure charged with three partridges argent. The shield is surmounted by an emperor’s crown or (two red stripes under the crown) and surrounded with oak-wreath or with a ribbon azur. This coat of arms is similar to the former coat of arms of the Kursk governorate (adopted 5th July 1878), but the new coat of arms has two short red ribbons under the crown. In 1878 they were blue. This coat of arms is also canting since partridge is "kuropatka" in Russian. Before 1996 there wasn’t any flag or coat of arms for this region, created in 1934.
Pascal Vagnat, 21 December 1998

Kursk city flag

Flag of Kursk city image by Tomislav Šipek, 4 April 2020

The law about the flag of Kursk city clearly states that the colors are not according to the coat of arms: not white (silver) with a light blue diagonal stripe, but azure with a dark blue diagonal stripe.
Pascal Gross, 31 March 2003