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I’d like to once again stress the point that
are two completely different cities,
both regional capitals. Novgorod was recently
renamed Velikiĭ Novgorod;
and Niẑniĭ Novgorod
was named Gorhkiĭ | Горький
(a.k.a. Gorky) from 1932 to
António Martins, 21 Feb 1999
"Niẑni | Нижний" means "Lower",
"Veliki | Велики" means "Great".
Gvido Petersons, 22 Feb 1999
Argent a deer sable [maybe "proper"?].
Santiago Dotor, 17 Dec 1998
It looks like Russian heraldry is very much unlike that of other European
countries. It is not infrequent to find animals depicted with a very
realistic approach (and colours “proper”), instead of the typical heraldical
stylization and hues. Apparently also, there is a tendency to keep the
general elements of a coat of arms (a certain “charge” ie. animal, object etc.) but
this can vary as to position, attitude and even colour. Such is the case of
the Nizhni Novgorod coat of arms. I have now seen all sorts of combinations: argent a
deer sable, argent a deer gules, gules a deer or, vert a deer
gules, and so on. By the way, is it a deer or rather a reindeer?
Santiago Dotor, 18 Dec 98
There is no law about flag on the
regional web site yet.
Michael Simakov, 01 Mar 1999
I've just arrived from a weekend in Nizhniy Novgorod, where I had been
almost three years ago. That first time I saw the flag reported
bellow, but now it seem to have disappeared, giving
place to a white flag with the complete city coat of arms in full color
— a vexillographic step back, in my humble opinion. I know not the legal
standing of this flag, though I'm sure it stands for the city, not for
the region, as the coat of arms details on this flag match those of the
city and not those of the region (though both have the same heraldic
António Martins, 24 Apr 2000
On 2:3 red the city’s coat of arms (shield only),
red outlined yellow,
a yellow deer. (NB: usually the coat of arms is brown on
silver, only in the flag it is gold on red.) I made this
image out of local observation, and drawn it from actual
photos. I’m also not sure if it is the city’s or the region’s
flag. I’m more inclined to suppose that it is the city’s
because I saw it in early 1997, when most regions had not
adopted flags yet, but I’m not really sure.
António Martins, 23 Jun 1997 and 18 Feb 1999
The coat of arms is exactly as described,
but the flag is plain red with a red samnitic shield outlined
yellow in the middle and on it a yellow deer.
António Martins, 17 Dec 1998