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About soviet sport clubs

In USSR the Voluntary Sport Societies usually were the societies of groups of people of same profession. For example,

  • Dynamo was the society of militia, KGB
  • Vodnik — society of workers of water-ministries (fishery, merchant fleet, port workers)
  • Trudovye Rezervy — society of students of professional-technical schools
  • Burevestnik — society of students of high schools
  • Lokomotiv — society of workers of railroads

Victor Lomantsov, 28 Jan 2001

Sport system in USSR was very original. There were several big “voluntary sport societies”: Spartak, Dynamo, Vodnik, Lokomotive, Zenit. Each society had clubs in many towns. The clubs may have own names but usually they have analogous names. For example, four Dynamo teams were in football-championships of USSR: Dynamo Moskva, Dinamo Kiev, Dinamo Tbilisi, Dynamo Minsk. Each society had a flag. All clubs inside the society usually used analogous flags.
Victor Lomantsov, 23 Dec 2000

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Dynamo | Дынамо

Dynamo club flag image by Victor Lomantsov, 23 Dec 2000

Flag of All-union Voluntary Sport Society “Dynamo” (USSR-times) was white with blue upper case Russian style script Cyrillic letter "D" in the centre, blue border at three sides and Lenin Order in the corner. Letter "D" was a logotype of the society. All Dynamos now use similar emblems (Dynamo Kyiv and Dynamo Moscow in football, Dynamo Moscow in hockey)
Victor Lomantsov, 07 Jan 2001

The society Dynamo united the employees of militia, inner forces, KGB and other “forces ministries”.
Victor Lomantsov, 28 Feb 2001

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Spartak | Спартак

Spartak club flag image by Victor Lomantsov, 23 Dec 2000

The official flag of Voluntary Sport Society Spartak was red with white bend and Order of Lenin in canton.
Victor Lomantsov, 23 Dec 2000

This one looks a bit like a diving squadron honoured with a medal of the order of Lenin…
Željko Heimer, 25 Dec 2000

Spartak was the society of trade-unions, it united the workers, the teachers and many other groups.
Victor Lomantsov, 28 Feb 2001

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C.S.K.A. | Ц.С.К.А.
(Centralhniĭ Sportivniĭ Klub Armii | Центральний Спортивний Клуб Армии)

CSKA club flag image by Victor Lomantsov, 21 Apr 2003

Central Sport Club of the Army (CSKA — Центральний Спортивний Клуб Армии | Centralniĭ Sportivniĭ Klub Armii) had very famous hockey team, basketball, football and others. The flag of CSCA was red with blue triangle near the hoist. Red star outlined yellow in the centre of triangle, Cyrillic letters CSKA in the star.
Victor Lomantsov, 12 Jan 2001

I believe this is the team known in North American hockey as the “Red Army team”.
Steve Kramer, 15 Jan 2001

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Lokomotiv
All-Union Voluntary Sport Society “Lokomotiv”

Lokomotiv club flag image by Victor Lomantsov, 12 Jan 2001

All-Union Voluntary Sport Society “Lokomotiv” had red flag with the emblem in the corner. Lokomotiv was the sport society of workers of railroads.
Victor Lomantsov, 12 Jan 2001 and 28 Jan 2001

The emblem shows a green locomotive (green is indeed the typical color for former soviet locomotives) and an upper case cursive sans-serif Cyrillic letter "L" ("Л"), the initial of the club’s nickname, in purple.
António Martins, 05 Sep 2003

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Burevestnik
Voluntary Students’ Sport Society “Burevestnik”

Burevestnik club flag image by Victor Lomantsov, 28 Jan 2001

Now the image of flag of Voluntary Students’ Sport Society “Burevestnik” (Stormy petrel). Light-blue field with blue border and white flying stormy petrel in the centre, waves at the bottom. Burevestnik was the sport society of students of high schools.
Victor Lomantsov, 28 Jan 2001

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Vodnik
All-Union Voluntary Sport Society “Vodnik”

Vodnik club flag image by Victor Lomantsov, 15 Jan 2001

Flag of All-Union Voluntary Sport Society “Vodnik”: white with the logo and three blue “waves”. Vodnik was the sport society for the workers of water-ministries (fishery, merchant fleet, port workers). It was not very famous.
Victor Lomantsov, 15 Jan 2001 and 28 Jan 2001

The logo on this flag is a tilted dark blue square with a golden helm wheel framing a seascape with a waving red flag behind it; bellow the square, at both sides, the lettering "ВОД НИК" in Cyrillic black sans-serif capitals.
António Martins, 05 Sep 2003

Vodnik | Водник means something like "waterer", as in "water-person", but with an affectionate, informal tone — maybe "water guy" or "water fellow".
António Martins, 24 Jan 2001

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DOSAAF | ДОСААФ
(Dobrovolhnoe Obxestvo Sodeistviâ Armii Aviacii i Flotu | Добровольное Общество Содеиствия Армии Авиации и Флоту)

Vodnik club flag image by Victor Lomantsov, 15 Jan 2001

A red flag with a badge in the upper hoist; the badge is light blue, surrounded by a green wreath at the sides and a red ribbon at the top, with crossed rifles, and anchor and a plane (all yellow / golden) and a five pointed red star fimbriated yellow and with a yellow hammer and sickle on it; double fimbriated white stripe at the bottom.
António Martins, 09 Sep 1999 and 05 Sep 2003

It is the flag of DOSAAF, a voluntary society of assistance to army, aviation and navy; it was not army unit. It was a patriotic society in USSR which developed military and semi-military sporting games — autosport, motorcycles sports, small scale model ship and plane competitions, parachute sports, avian sports, shooting and others. Ratio is 2:3, unlike most soviet flag (confirmed with Statutes of DOSAAF 1962). Widths of the stripes are approximate: (62+5+6+10+6+5+14):162.
Victor Lomantsov, 14 Dec 2001, 17 Jan 2001, 13 Mar 2001 and 15 Mar 2001

A photo in the back cover of an issue of Modelist Konstruktor | Моделист Конструктор magazine of the 1980’ies shows the winners of the Soviet Championship of Small Scale Model Sports (Ĉempionat SSSR po Sudmodelhnomu Sportu | Чемпионат СССР по Судмодельному Спорту), held in Kaunas 1985.08: Three poles behind the podium; at the viewer’s right hand, the Air Force Ensign; in the center, the Soviet Naval Jack; and at the viewer’s right hand the DOSAAF flag.
António Martins, 09 Sep 1999