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Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 24 Feb 2008

For some reasons, unknown to me, the flag below was abandoned in favor of the present design (by the same Vladinir Zernov, Sankt-Peterburg heraldist, who has helped with the development of Votia's flag). The flag is still unofficial, but displayed at the Izhorian Museum in the village of Vistino.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 24 Feb 2008

Former flag

Chrystian Kretowicz, 24 Feb 2008

Another ugro-finnic nation in northwesternern Russia. Their language is the closest to Karelian and on the verge of extintion. Izhorians number only 327 and live mostly in Lomonosovskiy Rayon of Sankt-Peterburg and Kingiseppskiy Rayon of Leningrad Oblast' between Narva and Neva rivers and along Izhora river. A few Izhorians are also found in Estonia. They were subjects to the Republic of Great Novgorod until 1611 when they found themselves under the Swedish rule. After Peter the Great's victory in the Northern War they were placed under the Russian tutelage in 1721. In 1735 there were about 14,500 Izhorians counted in Ingermanland. During 1940-44 Soviet-Finnish wars, Stalin ordered a mass deportation of the native people, including Izhorians, to the Kazakh steppe and Siberia.

When Khrustchev allowed them to return to their homeland in 1956 only the miserable remnant of the nation was left. Most, quickly assimilated and the rest is struggling to maintain their identity. At the Finno-Ugric Congress in Tallin in 2004, the Izhorians, represented by the leaders of the Shoykula Cultural Society, were indentified by the provisional (and handsome IMHO) flag among the multitude of nations ranging from Hungarians to Nenets. That flag was the blue, Scandinavian cross, fimbriated in green, om the white field. It was supposed to represent the Izhora River flowing among woodlands in the winter landscape.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 24 Feb 2008