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Russian Empire (<1917)

Last modified: 2006-07-29 by antonio martins
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“National” flags of the Russian Empire

According to Legras’ (French Navy Flag Book, ed. 1858) [leg58], there is no “Russian Flag”, but “Imperial Flag”, double head golden eagle carrying St Vladimir red coat of arms, on a yellow rectangular field. The naval ensign and the naval jack are the same as today: ensign blue saltire on white field, jack blue on white saltire on white cross on red field.
Armand du Payrat, 20 Jan 1999

State flag of the Russian Empire (1883-1917)

Russian flag
image by António Martins, 21 Oct 1997

In 1883 the tricolor [previously the merchant ensign] became the state flag of Russia, [along with the black - golden - white flag. Both were replaced in 1914.]
Željko Heimer, 03 Apr 1999, quoting from Flag-znamya korablya, Russian Navy website, consulted 07 Mar 1999

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