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Flag of Irkutsk Oblast
Irkutskaya Oblast'
Adopted July 16, 1997[1]
Designed by S.B. Demkov[2]
Proportions 2:3

The flag of Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, is a rectangle with three vertical stripes, two ones are blue and middle one is white. In the centre of the middle stripe there is the main part of the oblast coat of arms: black babr (Siberian tiger) running to the hoist side and holding a red sable in its mouth. The babr is surrounded with stylised branches of cedar (Siberian pine). Proportions: 2:3. The width of middle stripe is 1/2 of flag's length.[3]

SymbolismEdit

The flags colours are symbolising:

  • Black: humility, sadness.
  • Red: courage, fearlessness.[4]
  • Blue: symbol of water. At this context it symbolises Lake Baikal, the Angara and other rivers of region.
  • White: symbol of purity, good nature, modesty. It symbolises the purity of thoughts of the region's habitants. Also, it is symbol of white Siberian winters.
  • Green colour of cedar's branches: colour of hope, joy, abundance. It is also symbol of unique flora and fauna, the forest wealth of region.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. State symbols of Russia
  2. Vexillographia.ru
  3. Irkutsk Region at Flags of the World
  4. Coat of arms and flag of Irkutskaya Oblast' at Russian Civilisation
  5. Flag of Irkutskaya Oblast at Russian Wikipedia
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