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Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Sankt-Peterburg

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Санкт-Петербург

Flag of Saint Petersburg
image by Victor Lomantsov, 05 Mar 2002


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Presentation of Saint Petersburg City

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  • Name (english): Saint Petersburg City • (russian, short form): Санкт-Петербург | Sankt-Peterburg • (russian, long form): Город Федерального Подчинения Санкт-Петербург | Gorod Federalhnogo Podĉineniâ Sankt-Peterburg
  • Capital (russian): Санкт-Петербург | Sankt-Peterburg • (english): Saint Petersburg • (former name): Leningrad | Ленинград (1924-199X), Petrograd | Петроград (1914-1924)
  • Area: 2 000 km2 (≅800 sq.mi.) • Population: 4 660 600 inhabitants in 2000
  • Status: Federal city (Город Федерального Подчинения | Gorod Federalhnogo Podĉineniâ) within the Russian Federation
  • Federal District: Northwestern Region • Economic region: Northwestern Region
  • License plate code: 78 • Ham radio code: SP • ISO 3166-2 code: SPE
  • Flag adopted on 1991.09.06 • Coat of arms adopted on 1991.09.06

Really, though administrative center of Leningrad region is S. Petersburg old name of region conserve now. It’s very curiously. In future possible unification of Region and S. Petersburg in one subject of Russian Federation (now they’re different subjects). By the way, when Leningrad was renamed in Sankt-Petersburg, it not was subject of RSFSR (administrative center of region only).
Andrey Yashlawsky, 19 Jan 1999


Description of the flag

The background is red (krasnyĭ), and not dark red (purpurnyĭ).
Michael Simakov, 11 Jan 2000

Ratio 3:2 The Regulation on the Flag was adopted on 8, June, 1992 by City Council (decision No96). Article 2:

The flag of St-Petersburg is a rectangular red field with two crossed silver anchors (the river anchor and the sea anchor). Gold scepter surmounted with double-headed eagle is placed over the anchors.
Ratio 1:1,5 Reverse side of the flag is a mirror of obverse side.
Coat of arms were adopted by Presidium of City Council of Leningrad (former name of St. Petersburg) on 6, September, 1991 (Decision 270) and confirmed on 2, December, 1991 by City Council of St.Petersburg. In fact the arms were designed in early XVIII c. by italian heraldist F. Santi, the assistant of Heroldmaster, officially adopted in 1780 and readopted in 1991. St.Petersburg — former capital of Russia. This status is symbolized with scepter.
Victor Lomantsov, 05 Mar 2002

These are two different types of anchors — triple for river, and other for sea. There were placed on coat of arms because St. Petersburg has sea and river ports.
Michael Simakov, 20 Dec 1999


Widespread but incorrect image of the flag

Wrong flag of Saint Petersburg
image by Gvido Pettersons, 11 Apr 2000

This image was originally made by me. In 1995 I did an article on St. Peterburg flag for Spanish Gaceta de Banderas [ban]. I had no photos of the flag or its detailed images. I only saw this flag on TV. I sent to editor of Gaceta the description of the flag without the good image. But there was a very rough sketch of the flag in my letter (I was sure, the sketch is too bad for publishing). Editor of Gaceta published this sketch in No 18. Then I decided to reconstruct the image. The reconstruction was not very good too: the scepter was in wrong form, the anchors were too large etc. But it was better then first sketch. Later I have found good image, but the article in Gaceta No 20 (april 1995) was published with my reconstruction of the flag. Several years ago I was surprised : my incorrect image made in 1995 is reproduced on many web sites (without my name, of course). And at last I was shocked: I saw this image on the official web page of St. Petersburg! My wrong image copied by Petersburg webmaster! (Gvido probably has taken the image therefrom and vectorized it).
Victor Lomantsov, 05 Mar 2002