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The current Russian Border Guard ensign is green with a
blue, white-bordered saltire cross.
Tom Gregg, 04 Apr 1999
The green flag with St. Andrews Cross is indeed used by ships of the
Maritime Border Guards, part of the Federal Border-Guards Service (FPS, if I
remember the Russian abbreviation correctly), which is one of the successor
organizations of the KGB. Current photos of cutters displaying this ensign
can be found in recent editions of Jane's Fighting Ships.
[jfs] After the breakup of the KGB, this
organization was transferred briefly to the Ministry of
Defense but soon thereafter established as a separate agency, its director
ranking as one of the "power ministers" along with the MOD and Minister of
The green flag with white saltire is the Customs Flag. It was adopted 3
december 1994 by presidential decree No 2152. This flag was
Customs Flag of imperial Russia since 1827.
Victor Lomantsov, 11 Mar 2000
Any construction details for russian saltires? These images
have them thinner than what I
have seen. I wander also about the shade of green (normal
or KGB’s very dark green?) and about the similarities between
this flag and the Border Guard ensign
(blue saltire with white fimbriation on green), considering
shades and dimensions..
António Martins, 24 May 1999
I saw recently on russian TV, right there on
the desk of some M.V.D. (russian police) big shot,
a table flaglet, crossed with that of Russia, white
with some kind of dark bordered round seal.
António Martins, 20 Aug 1999