Flag of Transnistria
|Use||State flag and ensign and war flag|
|Adopted||25 July 2000 (official)|
|Design||Three horizontal bands of red, green and red, with a hammer and sickle in the canton. Identical to the flag of the Moldavian SSR|
|Variant flag of Transnistria|
|Use||Civil flag and ensign|
|Proportion||1:2 or (occasionally) 2:3|
|Design||Three horizontal bands of red, green and red.|
The flag of the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic served as the republic's flag until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. When Moldova became independent, some places in Transnistria refused to fly the new Moldovan flag and continued to fly the flag of the Soviet Union. Continued use of the flag of the former Moldavian SSR was popular and it was officially reintroduced as the flag of Transnistria in 2000. Confusingly, despite the flag and coat of arms, Transnistria is not a Socialist state.
For government usage, only the state flag is valid. But Transnistrian law permits the use a simplified version of the flag for non-governmental use (i.e., personal and commercial usage), without hammer and sickle and red star, and without regard to shape or size. The most common size is still 1:2, but 2:3 versions have also been used.
The presidential flag is a 1:1, yellow fringed version of the civil flag with the coat-of-arms in the centre. It was adopted on 18 July 2000 and replaced an earlier version dating from 1997.
A customs flag is also in use by Transnistrian customs. It is a primarily green flag with two red bands at the bottom. The central part of the flag is dominated by the symbol of Transnistrian customs.
In 2009 the Parliament of Transnistria discussed a proposal to replace the civil flag (plain red-green-red) with a new flag, carrying three horizontal stripes in the colours white, blue and red, being almost identical to the flag of the Russian Federation, but with different aspect-ratio (1:2 instead of Russia's 2:3). The reasons stated for the change of the flag is purely political; it includes the desire to create closer ties with Russia, a guarantor of Transnistria's independence from Moldova. In a 2006 referendum, 97.2% of Transnistrians voted in favour increased association with Russia. The new flag would be used alongside the current state flag.
- Gaceta de Banderas
- Moldova.org: Transnistria considers broadening its state symbols (5 May 2009)
- Supreme Council - parliamentary news: On state insignia (2 June 2009)
- Supreme Council - parliamentary news: Reaffirming commitment to harmonization of PMR and RF legislation (28 May 2009)
- President's website for state flag (Russian)
- Parliament's website for law on state flag
- Flagspot article about Transnistrian flag