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Buriatia (Russia)

Last modified: 2003-01-25 by antonio martins
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[Flag of Buriatia]
by Zeljko Heimer, 10 May 2000
See also: Other sites:
  • , the official republic website, with short description of the arms and flag with small depictions. Also in English
    reported by Jorge Candeias and Antnio Martins, 22 Dec 2000
  • Arms of Ulan-Ude, capital of Buryatia, at the official city website
    reported by Istvn Molnr, 04 Dec 2001

Presentation of Buriatia

(Note: You need an Unicode-aware software and font to correctely view the cyrillic text on this page. See here transliteration details).

  • Name (english): Buriatia • (russian, short form): Бурятия | Burâtiâ • (russian, long form): Республика Бурятия | Respublika Burâtiâ
  • Local official language: Buryat
  • Capital: Улан-Уде | Ulan-Ude • (former name): Udisnk | Удинск (1666-1783), Verqneudinsk | Верхнеудинск (1783-1934)
  • Area: 351 300 km2 (≅135 600 sq.mi.) • Population: 1 029 200 inhabitants in 2000
  • Status: Republic (Республика | Respublika) within the Russian Federation
  • Federal District: Siberia • Economic region: East Siberia
  • License plate code: 03 • Ham radio code: BU • ISO 3166-2 code: BU
  • Flag adopted on 1992.10.29 • Coat of arms adopted on 1995.04.20

Buryat people live in Siberia, near Mongolia; they are Buddhist, like Kalmykian.
Giuseppe Bottasini


Discription and meaning of the flag

On 29 October 1992 they adopted a State flag, a 2:1:1 light blue [see bellow!] - white - yellow horizontal stripped one. At 1/4 from the left border there is a yellow Mongol device composed of the same objects (the fire, the sun, the moon) that are on the top of the Soyombo, the symbol of Mongol Republic. The Soyombo (a sanskrit-derived word meaning "a self-explaining writing") was in origin an endmark for lamaistic writings of XVII century. It became very popular. The three objects represent three of the four cosmological elements (the fire for heavens or ether, the sun, the moon for the air) and they are also present in Indian stupa.
Giuseppe Bottasini, quoting [zig94]

The flag of Buryatia is medium blue (matching the russian national flags shade) not only in practice but also by law. The only source giving this flag as light blue is [zig94], which, considering its publishing date, might very well be wrong or refering to an earlier flag or flag project. Trusting the book Winds of Change [rss96], the original flag law of 1992.10.29 stated already sinii~ (medium blue), and never a lighter shade.
Antnio Martins, 10 May 2000

All these three flags, Mongolia's, Buryatia's and Agin Buryatia's) show soyonboes.
Antnio Martins, 05 Sep 2000

This flag, in medium blue, is listed under number 123 at the chart Flags of Aspirant Peoples [eba94] as: Buryat Ulus [Buryatia] (Buryat Mongols) - South Siberia.
Ivan Sache, 15 Sep 1999


Unknown buryatian (?) flag spotted in Spain

[Flag of Buriatia]
by Santiago Dotor, 06 Sep 2000 | [two-sided] [reverse]

Some kind of music or theater festival was taking place at Sller, whereby a weird assortment of flags was displayed in front of the city hall. I can remember a horizontal blue-white-light green flag with an orange device on the canton, identical in position, shape and size to that on the Aghin Buriatia flag. This flag appeared to be also a sinister hoist version, with no device on the obverse this image shows the reverse of the flag I actually saw. The obverse had no canton device. This flag I saw might be a (very) mistaken version of the Buriatia flag.
Santiago Dotor, 06 Sep 2000