The state flag of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic presents itself as a red, rectangular sheet with a light-blue stripe at the pole extending all the width [read height] which constitutes one eighth length of the flag.
Like the flag of the Soviet Union, the hammer and sickle represented the working class; more specifically, the hammer represented the urban industrial workers and the sickle represented the rural and agricultural peasants. The red star represented the CPSU and Communism. The red in the flag represented the Russian Revolution and revolution in general. The blue stripe symbolized the wide Russian skies and the waters of its seas and rivers.
The first flag of the Russian SFSR (14 April – 17 June 1918) was a flag showing the full name of the recently born Soviet republic before the then imminent Russian spelling reform. Its ratio was unspecified.
From 1918, the flag was red with the gold Cyrillic characters РСФСР (RSFSR) in the top-left corner, in a traditional Vyaz' style of ornamental Cyrillic calligraphy.
From 1920, the characters was redesigned as described in the Russian Constitution of 1925. However this flag was oftentimes not used, with the 1918 flag being used until 1937.
Flag of the Russian SFSR (14 April 1918)
Flag of the Russian SFSR (17 June 1918–20)
Flag of the Russian SFSR (1920 – 21 January 1937)
Flag of the Russian SFSR (21 January 1937 – 9 January 1954)
Detailed construction sheet for the Russian SFSR flag issued on 22 January 1981.
In February 1947, the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR issued a resolution calling fo the Soviet republics to adopt new flags. The design was suggested to be based on the state flag of the USSR, as to indicate the idea of the republic within the union, and to include colors and national ornaments to express the geographical, national, historical and cultural characteristics of each republic.
On January 9, 1954, the new national flag of the RSFSR was approved by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR. The flag was designed by artist Valentin Petrovich Viktorov. On June 2, 1954, the description of the flag was included in the Constitution of the RSFSR.
Prior to the establishment of the new state symbol of the Russian Federation, the historical flag of Russia -the flag with equal horizontal white, azure, scarlet stripes should be regarded as the official national flag of the Russian Federation.
It was first hoisted at 12:00 pm on August 22, 1991 at the White House. A tricolor with the hammer and sickle on the centre was also later proposed.
On November 1, 1991, the Constitution of the RSFSR was amended to adopt the white-azure-scarlet flag as the official national flag.
Flag of the Russian SFSR (9 January 1954 – 22 August 1991)
Dark blue variant of the flag of the Russian SFSR (9 January 1954 – 22 August 1991)
Flag of the Russian SFSR (22 August 1991 – 26 December 1991)
The banner of the republic was a 1:1 ratio red flag with gold fringe, commonly used on ceremonies. The banner was also used on the first inauguration of Boris Yeltsin as President of RSFSR on July 10, 1991.