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Bryansk Region (Russia)

Brânskaâ oblasth

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Брянская область

Flag of Bryansk Region
image by Pascal Gross, 07 Apr 2000

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Presentation of Bryansk Region

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  • Name (english): Bryansk Region • (russian): Брянская область | Brânskaâ oblasth
  • Capital (russian): Брянск | Brânsk • (english): Bryansk
  • Area: 34 900 km2 (≅13 500 sq.mi.) • Population: 1 429 200 inhabitants in 2000
  • Status: Region (область | oblasth) within the Russian Federation
  • Federal District: Central Region • Economic region: Center (central European Russia)
  • License plate code: 32 • Ham radio code: BR • ISO 3166-2 code: BRY
  • Flag adopted on 1998.11.22 • Coat of arms adopted on 1998.11.22

Description of the flag

The flag of Briansk Region is red with coat of arms.
Jaume Ollé, 20 Feb 1999

Summary of LAW on SIMBOLS of BRYANSK REGION, adopted by the Duma (regional parliament)on November 05, 1998:


The coat of arms of Bryansk Region established this Law is symbolize an historical traditions of Bryansk Region. The blazon of coat of arms is in the attachment 1 for this Law.


The flag of Bryansk Region is a rectangular one with dimensions 1:1,5. The description is in attachment 2 for this Law
Flag is deep red [russian bordoviy] (1:1,5) with the coat of arms in the centre.
Michael Simakov, 25 Jan 2000

Meaning of the coat of arms

Regional coat of arms

CoA of Bryansk Region
image by Pascal Gross, 20 Jan 2000

The Coat of Arms of the Bryansk Region symbolized the unity of the three great Slavonic Nations. It reflects a couple of conceptions, historically traditional for Bryansk Land, in particular, such conceptions, as the Battle Glory, the Workmanshift, the Tillage. The historical Coat of Arms of the Bryansk city placed in a center of the Coat of Arms of the Bryansk Region, it reflects the historical succession.
Pascal Gross, 20 Feb 1999

The coat of arms of Bryansk Region: Gules (the symbol of Pan-Slavonic unity); three Gold rays diverge from one point in the low part of shield and divide it on three parts in its base (Russia, Belorus’ and Ukraina). The Gold fir-tree with three-tier crone is on the upper (and the biggest) field (the symbol of greatest Bryansk’s thickets). Above all is the coat of arms of Bryansk city — the capital of Region. The shield is surrounded with the oak-wreath Proper (as symbol of federal status) tied with a Orders Ribbons: On dexter — Lenin’s Order (Region was awarded in 1967), on sinister — Medal of Guerilla warfare and surmounted with a Hammer and Sickle which symbolizing the unity of workers and peasants and that the Region has been created under Soviet power.
Michael Simakov, 25 Jan 2000

Bryansk city coat of arms

CoA of Bryansk city
image by Michael Simakov, 25 Jan 2000


Some 250 kilometers southwest of Moscow in the Bryansk region, a yellow, green and white flag now flies above the town hall. In the top left-hand corner cannabis is depicted, a plant more widely known for its allucinogenic qualities. For Novozybkovo, a quiet provincial town of 43 000 that suffered greatly from the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, the plant is a symbol of a long-gone glorious age when the town was a vital cog in the country’s navy. In the 18th and 19th century, Novozybkovo was a major supplier of hemp, the tough coarse fiber of the cannabis plant. A factory in the town supplied the Russian Navy with the hemp used for ropes, and the plant was honored when it was placed on the town’s coat of arms in the first quarter of the 19th century. Russia’s defeat in the Crimean War in 1856 had a crippling effect on the industry, and the decimated Russian Navy’s need for hemp died out, said Oleg Dunayev, who works at a local museum and helped the town pick the flag’s design. Hemp was cultivated until the start of the 20th century but died out completely with Stalin’s campaign to set up collective farms. The only protests in Novozybkovo, city officials said, have been from local Communists. They didn’t like the color of the flag and wanted it to be red.
Phil Nelson, 05 Apr 2003,
quoting and resuming from Kevin O’Flynn / Moscow Times

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