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Kaliningrad Region (Russia)

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Presentation of Kaliningrad Region

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Formerly the northern part of East Prussia, based on the city of Königsberg (now Kaliningrad) this region was annexed to the Russian SFR at the end of the war. With Baltic independence, it is now detached from Russia proper. Recently, plans were revealed for free port and enterprise zone status for what is seen by many as Russia’s potential modern “window on the west”.
Stuart Notholt, 28 May 1995

There is also a Polish name for the city — Krolewiec (King’s town) — as Prussia used to be a vassal state of the Commonwealth of the Kingdom of Poland and Grand Duchy of Lithuania (a multinational state), before it became independent.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 23 Aug 2002


No flag

I have a letter from Administration of Kaliningrad Region dated 6 mar 1999: in that times region had no official flag.
Victor Lomantsov, 11 Mar 2000

I've recently learned that Tambov and Kaliningrad regions have set up workgroups to create regional symbols.
Pascal Gross, 26 Feb 2002


City flag

[Kaliningrad city flag]
Pascal Gross, 19 Jul 2000

Coat of arms and flag were adopted by Duma (municipal parliament) on July, 17, 1996 (Decision No 219) The Flag is light-blue, 2:3, with argent sailed ship (koch of tsar Peter’s times) in the centre. The ship bears the white pennant with blue Andrew’s cross. There are old municipal coat of arms inside the green-black-green-black-green-black-green-black ribbon (ribbon of the medal «For capture of Kaliningrad») in the “centre” of the ship. Below the ship is a “wave” made from amber. Authors of the flag: I. D. Bakrymov, E. I. Grigo, S. A. Kolevatova, M. Yu. Medvedev
Victor Lomantsov, 19 Jul 2000

By the look of it, this ship has a rudder. If I recall correctly a Kog didn’t, it was still steered by oar. This would mean the «koch of tsar Peter’s times» is really a different type of trader. Unfortunately «tsar peter’s times» is a bit inaccurate in this respect since Tsar Peter did modernize the Russian fleets. I wonder what types of ships were used in his youth. Well, it probably comes down to the Russian word the Duma used to describe the ship.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 20 Jul 2000

I have a slight vexillographic problem with this flag. The ensign of the ship is blown in the opposite direction of the entire flag. That is not quite satisfying, I think. (It seems to be inevitable problem where heraldry and vexillology intersects, though.)
Ole Andersen, 19 Apr 2001


Coat of arms

The arms at the site refered above are the combination arms of Koenigsberg, the central arms are the original Koenigsberg arms, the two other smaller shields are the arms from two cities that merged with Koenigsberg in the 18th century. The present arms of Kaliningrad show a ship with as a kind of escutcheon the arms of Koenigsberg. These are at http://www.bng.nl/ngw/int/rus/k/konigsbe.htm. There is no mentioning of a new flag of Kaliningrad though.
Ralf Hartemink, 22 Feb 1999

Old municipal coat of arms: per pale,

  1. Argent, a Crown Gules (crown of czech king Ottokar II, founder of the city);
  2. Gules, a Cross couped Argent
Victor Lomantsov, 19 Jul 2000

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