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Magadan Region (Russia)

Magadanskaa^ oblasth

Last modified: 2003-04-05 by antonio martins
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[flag of Magadan Region]
by Pascal Gross, 08 Mar 2002
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Presentation of Magadan 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): Magadan Region • (russian): Магаданская область | Magadanskaâ oblasth
  • Capital: Магадан | Magadan
  • Area: 1 199 100 km2 (≅462 900 sq.mi.) • Population: 227 200 inhabitants in 2000
  • Status: Region (область | oblasth) within the Russian Federation
  • Federal District: Far-East • Economic region: Far East
  • License plate code: 49 • Ham radio code: MG • ISO 3166-2 code: MAG
  • Flag adopted on 2001.12.29 • Coat of arms adopted on 2001.12.29

Description of the flag

Red background with a wavy bottom, just like in the city flag; shield of the arms in the upper hoist. Slightly soviet nostalgic in the flag design (even if Estonia and Latvia are as far as they could ever be), it is certainly so in the motives of the arms, depicting mining tools and tokens of “progress”. Though the law states 2:3, the image on the law page ( shows a slightly squeezed flag.
António Martins, 13 Oct 2002

The official documents about the flag and coat of arms of Magadan Region are Law of the Magadan Region from December 28, 2001 Nº 219-OZ (oblastnoĭ zakon | областной закон) About flag and coat of arms of the Magadan Region, which has come into force on December 29, 2001.
Michail Revnivtsev, 07 Mar 2002

The colours remain familiar to the inhabitant of Magadan as they remind of the subjects on the arms of the city of Magadan, except that the famous deer on red background has been replaced by the regional arms.
Pascal Gross, 30 Jan 2002, quoting from

Coat of arms detail

[CoA detail]
by Pascal Gross, 08 Mar 2002

The colours of the coat-of-arms are red, light blue and dark blue.
Pascal Gross, 08 Mar 2002

The coat-of-arms are red is made of 3 parts: On the red part symbolizes the principal industry of the region — the metal ore production — on two golden ingots, there is a silver ingot over a geologic hammer and a pick. On the blue part — 3 fishes — symbols of the maritime fertility of the region. On the light blue part — a plane as symbol of the main means of transportation in the region, and the hydrostation — symbol of the principal source of energy of the region.
Pascal Gross, 30 Jan 2002, quoting from

Soviet nostalgic emblem, depicting mining tools and tokens of “progress”.
António Martins, 13 Oct 2002

Unknown flag

[Unk. flag of Magadan Region]
by António Martins, 18 Feb 1999

Three vertical bands in white, light blue (2 x width) and red, unknown source.
Dirk Schoenberger, 18 Dec 1998

The 2:1 white - light blue - red flag was a big mistification! it never existed!
Victor Lomatsov, 31 Jan 2002

This was reported to be the flag of Magadan by way of Dirk Schoenberger, from an unknown source. Nonetheless, the lack of any reference to this flag in other, reliable sources and Lidia’s report that such a flag is not to be found in Magadan, clearly adds this flag to a long list of doubtful designs. Whatever it is, was or would have been, it is not the local flag of the Region of Magadan.
António Martins, 16 Aug 2000

Magadan city
(Магадан, a county-status city)

[city flag]
by Pascal Gross, 08 Jun 2001

According to this site, this flag is a banner of the city arms and is of 2:3 ratio, the blue stripe being 1/3 of the flag's height. It has been adopted on June 1, 1999.
Pascal Gross, 08 Jun 2001