Flag of the Commonwealth of Independent States

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Commonwealth of Independent States
Flag of the CIS.svg
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Adopted January 19, 1996
1991–1996 flag

The flag of the Commonwealth of Independent States (Russian: Флаг Содружества Независимых Государств) depicts a yellow sun on a dark blue field, with eight bending poles holding the sun.

Before the flag was adopted, a provisional flag just showing the letters "C.I.S." on a white background was used, e.g. at sporting events where a Commonwealth team replaced the Soviet Union when the Soviet Union had qualified for but never came to before it was dissolved.


The poles represent the CIS members, who signed the New Union treaty on December 21, 1991 (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). The design symbolizes the desire for equal partnership, unity, peace and stability.

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