Flag of the Commonwealth of Independent States
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|Adopted||January 19, 1996|
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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