|Flag of Penza Oblast|
|Adopted||November 28, 2002 |
|Designed by||Viktor Lazutkin|
The flag of Penza Oblast, Russia, is a dark golden sheet with a green stripe, with a stripe of grass (green) colour at the hoist side. The golden field is charged with symbolic image of Spas Nerukotvornyy (literally "image of the Saviour not made by hand", i.e. an acheiropoieton). The width/height proportion of the flag is 1:1.6; the width of the green stripe is 1/4 of its height.
The flag still has not undergone an examination by the State Heraldic Council of Russia.
- The green symbolises the nature of the oblast, its forests, as well as fertility, eternal life, and health.
- The yellow (golden) symbolises fields, wisdom, light, rich harvest, and prospects.
- the image of Spas Nerukotvornyy symbolises spirituality, unity, and the national revival. It's also a reference to the icon-banners used by the Russian army in the Battle at Kulikovo Pole.
The flag features Orthodox Christianity symbolism (Spas Nerukotvornyy). A flag based on the coat of arm of the city of Penza was proposed in 2006, but its adoption was opposed by an Orthodox Christian action group.