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Formerly the northern part of East Prussia, based on the city of
Königsberg (now Kaliningrad) this region was annexed to the Russian SFR at
the end of the war. With Baltic independence, it is now detached from
Russia proper. Recently, plans were revealed for free port and enterprise
zone status for what is seen by many as Russia’s potential modern “window
on the west”.
Stuart Notholt, 28 May 1995
There is also a Polish name for the city — Krolewiec (King’s town) — as
Prussia used to be a vassal state of the Commonwealth of the Kingdom of
Poland and Grand Duchy of Lithuania (a multinational state), before it
Chrystian Kretowicz, 23 Aug 2002
I have a letter from Administration of Kaliningrad
Region dated 6 mar 1999: in that times region had
no official flag.
Victor Lomantsov, 11 Mar 2000
I’ve recently learned that Tambov and
Kaliningrad regions have set up workgroups to create regional symbols.
Pascal Gross, 26 Feb 2002
Coat of arms and flag were adopted by Duma (municipal parliament) on
July, 17, 1996 (Decision No 219) The Flag is light-blue, 2:3, with argent
sailed ship (koch of tsar Peter’s times) in the centre. The ship
bears the white pennant with blue Andrew’s
cross. There are old municipal coat of arms
inside the green-black-green-black-green-black-green-black
ribbon (ribbon of the medal «For capture of Kaliningrad») in the
“centre” of the ship. Below the ship is a “wave” made
from amber. Authors of the flag: I. D. Bakrymov, E. I. Grigo, S. A. Kolevatova,
M. Yu. Medvedev.
Victor Lomantsov, 19 Jul 2000
By the look of it, this ship has a rudder. If I recall correctly a Kog
didn’t, it was still steered by oar. This would mean the «koch of
tsar Peter’s times» is really a different type of trader. Unfortunately
«tsar peter’s times» is a bit inaccurate in this respect since Tsar Peter
did modernize the Russian fleets. I wonder what types of ships were used
in his youth. Well, it probably comes down to the Russian word the Duma
used to describe the ship.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 20 Jul 2000
I have a slight vexillographic problem with this flag. The ensign of the
ship is blown in the opposite direction of the entire flag. That is not quite
satisfying, I think. (It seems to be inevitable problem where heraldry and
vexillology intersects, though.)
Ole Andersen, 19 Apr 2001
The arms at the
site refered above are the combination arms
of Koenigsberg, the central arms are the original
Koenigsberg arms, the two other smaller shields
are the arms from two cities that merged with
Koenigsberg in the 18th century. The present arms
of Kaliningrad show a ship with as a kind of
escutcheon the arms of Koenigsberg. These are at
There is no mentioning of a new flag of Kaliningrad
Ralf Hartemink, 22 Feb 1999
Old municipal coat of arms: per pale,
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