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Incorrect depictions of the Soviet Union flag

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Solid yellow star

Incorrect flag of USSR
image by António Martins, 20 Dec 2005

A solid yellow star, (instead of red with yellow edge) is a “simple” mistake to make, occurring even in soviet flag depictions.
António Martins, 28 Jan 2001

Mistakes in famous Lenin painting

Incorrect flag of USSR
image by António Martins, 30 Jul 2007

On a famous painting of Lenin, the Soviet leader appears above a red banner. It is complete with the finial, but the Soviet flag is different. The star appears to be completely gold, as opposed to with a gold outline, and the hammer and sickle are surrounded by what appear to be olive branches. Also, the hammer and sickle should not appear on the reverse side of the banner. Although this flag is only in a painting, it is a very famous image.
Dafydd Young, 07 Sep 2004

Relaxed standards in post-1991 manufacture

I received my Soviet flag made for me from a friend of mine. This flag was made in Moscow at the factory that makes flags, Soviet and otherwise. The emblem is a copper color, for sure, not a real yellow by any means, and it have a solid star, placed on the hammer handle side of the emblem.
Steve Stringfellow, 11 Dec 2000

Since this is genuine soviet or russian made, it should be taken as a “proof” of a certain relax in following the specs: Even though details of the hammer and sickle varied a lot, the star should always be located centered above the crossed hammer and sickle, and never on the side like on this flag.
António Martins, 12 Dec 2000

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