Flag of Dagestan
|Use||Civil and state flag|
|Adopted||February 26, 1994 (original), November 19, 2003 (modified)|
|Design||A horizontal tricolor of green, blue, and red.|
|Designed by||Abdulvagab C. Muratchayev|
The flag of the Republic of Dagestan was adopted after the transformation of the Dagestan ASSR into the Republic of Dagestan within the Russian Federation. The flag was formally adopted on 26 February 1994. It features a horizontal tricolor of green (for Islam), blue (for the Caspian Sea), and red (for courage and fidelity). On 19 November 2003 the proportion of the flag was changed from the original 1:2 to 2:3, and the middle stripe from light blue to blue.
Following its formation from parts of the Mountainous Republic of the Northern Caucasus in 1921, the Dagestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic had several flags of the standard ASSR, first red flags defaced with the initials of the ASSR name (i.e. "ДАССР") and then a RSFSR flag defaced with the same. With the fall of the Soviet Union, Dagestan dropped the А (for Автономная, "autonomous") from its flag and the inscription read simply "ДССР". A flag with horizontal blue and yellow stripes may have been used briefly in 1993 and 1994 until a variation of the current horizontal tricolor was adopted in 1994.
Several peoples in Dagestan have devised their own ethnic flags:
- Народное Собрание Республики Дагестан. Закон №27 от 19 ноября 2003 г. «О государственном флаге Республики Дагестан», в ред. Закона №23 от 4 апреля 2006 г. (People's Assembly of the Republic of Dagestan. Law #27 of November 19, 2003 On the State Flag of the Republic of Dagestan, as amended by the Law #23 of April 4, 2006. ).
- Верховный Совет Республики Дагестан. Постановление от 26 февраля 1994 г. «О государственном флаге Республики Дагестан». (Supreme Council of the Republic of Dagestan. Resolution of February 26, 1994 On the State Flag of the Republic of Dagestan. ).
- The World Encyclopedia of Flags, Alfred Znamierowski (pub. Hermes House, 2002), p. 160
- Flags of the World (1999–2001). "Dagestan on Flags of the World". Retrieved 2008-12-19.