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Kostroma Region (Russia)

Kostromskaa^ oblasth

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[Kostroma city flag]
by Pascal Gross, 17 Nov 2000
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Presentation of Kostroma Region

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

  • Name (english): Kostroma Region • (russian): Костромская область | Kostromskaâ oblasth
  • Capital: Кострома | Kostroma
  • Area: 60 100 km2 (≅23 200 sq.mi.) • Population: 780 100 inhabitants in 2000
  • Status: Region (область | oblasth) within the Russian Federation
  • Federal District: Central Region • Economic region: Center (central European Russia)
  • License plate code: 44 • Ham radio code: KS • ISO 3166-2 code: KOS
  • Flag adopted on 2000.10.19 • Coat of arms on 2000.10.19

About the flag

The flag and coat of arms (which in the center of the flag) is adopted in 19th of October 2000, by the order #1046 of Kostroma oblast legislative body. By the law of Kostroma oblast from 19th of October, the flag was given the lawfull status. There were special comission assigned to design the flag. They all have common responsibilities for their decision.
Vad Repin, 17 Nov 2000

The coat-or-arms shows a galera (a ship with rows and sail) with a white sail and hoisting the imperial flag. According to the Russian TV channel Kulhtura, this coat of arms was granted by Catherine the Great, later taken away by her son, and readopted on 1992. The flag design is an evident reminiscence from the R.S.F.S.F. flag.
António Martins, 21 Dec 1999 and 23 Jan 2001

Only one Emperor’s Standard (yellow with black eagle with maps in his claws) existed in times of Catherine the Great. She used it. Kostroma (city on Volga River) have the arms: «Azure, a ship of Catherine the Great with Emperor’s Standard on main-mast».
Victor Lomantsov, 02 Jun 2000

Kostroma city flag?

[Kostroma city flag]
by António Martins, 21 Dec 1999

Kostroma city flag is made of four horizontal stripes: light blue, golden yellow, white, and blue. These colors are said to stand respectively for the sky, the golden domes of the local churches, their walls, and the Volga river. (On the image above, ratio 2:3 assumed.) These are also the colors of the city coat-or-arms, (Source: Russian TV channel Kulhtura)
António Martins, 21 Dec 1999

The Kostroma city flag with four stripes, as shown by Cultura TV channel, is to be with no lawfull status. So is unofficial and never used.
Vad Repin, 17 Nov 2000

Provincial coat of arms?

A Kostroma coat of arms was shown (on Russian TV channel Kulhtura), quartered with a six pointed star on 1 and 4 and a crescent on 2 and 3, but each qurter had different metals and tints (I can’t say which because the picture was black and white). This was, if I understood correctly, the provincial coat of arms of Kostroma, prior to 1917.
António Martins, 21 Dec 1999