Flag of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic
|Flag of Lithuanian SSR (1953–1988)|
|Adopted||15 July 1953|
|Design||A red flag with the golden hammer and sickle and a gold-bordered red star in its upper canton with the white thin stripe and green thick band on the bottom.|
|Flag of the Lithuanian SSR (1940–1953)|
|Adopted||30 July 1940|
|Flag of the Lithuanian SSR (1988–1990)|
|Adopted||18 November 1988|
The flag of the Lithuanian SSR was adopted by the Lithuanian SSR on July 30, 1940. The flag was red with a gold hammer and sickle in the top-left corner, and the Latin characters LIETUVOS TSR (Lithuanian SSR in the Lithuanian language) above them in gold sans-serif lettering.
On July 15, 1953, a new flag was adopted. It was modified to meet the new requirements for all flags of the Soviet socialist republics. The top red portion took 2⁄3 of the width and incorporated the mandatory hammer and sickle and red star. The bottom part could be customized by each republic. Lithuania added a narrow white and a larger green (1⁄4 of the width) strips. The flag was abandoned in November 1988, even before Lithuania declared independence in March 1990 (remained within the Soviet Union until September 6, 1991). The Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian SSR, inspired by pro-independence Sąjūdis, amended the constitution and adopted the tricolor flag of Lithuania that was used during the interwar years.
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