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Peopled by the Oirot, whose territory was first settled by
the Russians in the 18th Century. An Oirot Autonomous Region
was established in 1922.
There are two Altay in Russian Federation: Altai Republic and
Altai Territory. A few years ago Altai Republic
was the part of the Altai Krai, but now it is a constituent republic of
the Russian Federation.
Evgeny Ivanov, 22 Apr 1998
The width of the stripes is 67+4+4+25 (the law
gives this as «1/25,
1/25 and 1/4»).
António Martins, 21 Jan 2000
The flag of the Republic of Altay was adopted with
Law #5-3 of July, 2, 1992.
It consists of 4 horizontal stripes white and light-blue.
Widths of the stripes - 67:4:4:25.
Length:height = 2:1
On March, 3, 1993 the Regulations on Flag were adopted (with
Decision of Supreme Soviet #6-6).
In this act the meanings of colours were adopted:
Blue — cleanliness, heaven, mountains, rivers and lakes;
White — eternity, tendency to revival, love and consent of peoples
in the republic.
On June, 29, 1994 proportions were changed to 3:2 (with Decision
of State Meeting — El Kurultay #4-10)
Author of flag is artist V.P.Chukuev from Gorno-Altaysk (capital of
White colour means — russians;
Blue — altayans (turkish people)
Viktor Lomancov, 24 Jan 2000
The dimensions of Altay flag have changed from 1:2 to 2:3
(Addition to the Law on State flag of Altay, 29/06/1994).
Michael Simakov, 13 Jan 2000
A curious flag-related
icon is used as a typographic bullet in the news pages of the official
Altay Republic government website; it shows the emblem
superimposed on the flag, the former in a much darker shade than the later,
unlike the official images on the same site, which show an identical light
António Martins, 25 Jul 2005
Fischer Weltalmanach [fwa04]
shows a little variant of the
flag of Altay Republic. There is a dark blue instead of light blue.
J. Patrick Fischer, 03 Nov 2005
In January 1995, Jos Poels received from the Altay government
a photocopy of the law adopted 3 March 1993. Using correction
fluid the proportions are overtyped with "2:3". The image
accompanying the law was not corrected.
Mark Sensen, 16 Jan 2000
For what is worth, the book Winds of change (publ.
1996) [rss96] shows only the
1993.03.03 law with 2:3 ratio; and no correcting law from
1994.06.29. This book was co-compiled by Jos Poels and hence
it is a misquote from the fact reported by Mark. Even so,
this is forging of a legal document, made by the official
instance who approved the law!! According to
Rocich’s website, between 1993.03.03 and 1994.06.29, the
flag of Altay Republic was indeed 1:2, at least legally. The
law of 1994, actually, is a one-paragraph text wich simply
gives the new ratio of 2:3 and leaves all the previous
dispositions unchanged, but even so sending to a vexillologist
a legal text faked with correction fluid to cope with the
current specs instead of sending both laws is, to say the
least, way reckless. It should now be determined why was this
change introduced and wheather any 1:2 flags were produced
and/or remain in use.
António Martins, 17 Jan 2000
The ratio was changed maybe because the flag of the
Russian Federation was changed
from 1:2 to 2:3 late 1993…
Mark Sensen, 18 Jan 2000
A very good guess, I’d say. It makes even more sence when
reading the law and learning that the flag was devised with
the national flag on mind, or so they say: The colors are
said to be those of the russian flag — the facts that red is
altoghether missing and the shade of blue is completely different
(russian flag, siniĭ; altay flag, goluboĭ — two
conceptually different colors in russian) being apparently
irrelevant for this claim (!).
António Martins, 20 Jan 2000
This flag (in medium blue) is listed under number 126 at the chart
Flags of Aspirant Peoples [eba94] as:
«Altay Republic (Oirot Mongols and Kirghiz) - South Siberia».
Ivan Sache, 15 Sep 1999 and 28 Apr 2000
Is any particular reason or reasons why those flag design pattern are that similar to each other?
This flag is shown on Info Bulletin 85 [inf], and it was a flag of Gorno Altai (autonomous republic). Further data is: 17.10.1992 (adoption date?), 2:1 (ratio) and description:
Former Gorno Altai is having a yellow flag with a green stripe below, A red abstract sign near the hoist.Dirk Schönberger, 04 Feb 2000
This region was in soviet times a part of Altay
Territory, named Gorno-Altaĭskaâ avtononomnaâ oblasth,
later (after 1991) upgraded to republic status. (I dont think
it was ever an autonomous republic, soviet socialist or
The refered adoption date, 17.10.1992, clashes with the white
and light blue stripped flag, adopted in
1993. Could this have
been a previous flag, official for some months only? The word
"former" makes think that this is really an antecessor of the
António Martins, 05 Feb 2000
A attempt of separatist revolt in
Kazakastan was defeated by the
security forces some days ago. The separatist (ethnic
russians) claim for an independent republic of Russian
Altai, separated from Kazakastan. Possible flag for
the new republic was not reported, but we can expect
the russian colors in some arrangement.
Jaume Ollé, 28 Nov 1999
For the record let me remind that this would-be “Russian
Altai” in (northern?) Kazakhstan has not much to do with
the Altay Republic, which is one of the units of the Russian
Federation (and ironically a supposedly non russian ethnical
António Martins, 06 Dec 1999
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