Symbols of the krai
Flag of the krai
In 1997 the flag of the krai was placed in the State Heraldic register of the Russian Federation under registration number 149.
Description of the flag: flag has the form of rectangular cloth, forked divided into three parts. The internal angle of the isosceles triangle is 90 degrees.
The flag width and length ratio is 2:3.
The flag symbol: flag cloth is composed using two heraldic colors and one metal color – silver. Blue is a symbol of beauty, tenderness and greatness. In this case it also symbolizes wide water resources of Khabarovsk krai. Green is a symbol of hope, joy, and abundance; on the flag it symbolizes a unique flora of our region, “boundless sea of taiga”. White (silver) is a symbol of purity, goodness, innocence (modesty). In the palette of the flag it reflects cloudless peaceful skies, purity of thoughts of the citizens of Khabarovsk krai.
Khabarovsk krai flag is developed under the motto: “where the Russian flag was once hoisted, it cannot ever be hauled down” (the Emperor Nikolay I, 1850)
The author of the flag – Khabarovsk artist, Sergey Loginov.
The flag standard (author’s version) is kept in the State Museum of the Far East named after N.I.Grodekov at the permanent exposition.
Coat of arms of the krai
The coat of arms is executed according to the classic heraldic formula.
Description of the coat of arms: in the center of the coat of arms of silver (white) color, at the honored place a powerful natural figure of black white-chest (Himalayan) bear is shown, steady sitting on its hind legs, and carefully holding (folding to its chest) the historical coat of arms of Khabarovsk with its forepaws.
The bears’ head is with open jaws, dark-red (red) eye and rolled out dark-red tongue, is turned to the rise of “radiant sun”, eastward (in direct perception).
Symbols of the coat of arms: the coat of arms is composed by specific rules and is executed with means of the modern sing-heraldic system. It is a kind of memorial of succession of history and culture, reflects natural and climatic feature and general stream of traditions of the population of the Far East. Bear – our guard and defender, all through the ages it has been a symbol personifying Russia. Since ancient times bear has been neighboring “Rusichi” (poetic name for inhabitants of the ancient Russia), has been respected by them for its power and knack, always has been one of the main and loved figures of Russian folk fairy-tales. Bear – a symbol of far sightedness, a guard and defender of the ancient history of our heroic ascendants, from whom the first Russian land explorers proceeded. By the rules of heraldry “dark-red eye and rolled out tongue” symbolize the bear being “equipped”.
Bear cult and bear’s festivals have existed for hundreds of years among peoples of Priamurye. They are based on people’s belief in kinship with animals. Bear has been treated as an ascendant of the tribe; legends, fairy-tales and songs have been composed about it, it was depicted on amulets, and it was imitated in dances.
White-chest (Himalayan) bear, the biggest representative of this mammal family, is our far-eastern endemic (it means animal species found only is determined geographical area).
Bear on the coat of arms is off-center to the left (in mirror reflection), which symbolizes immense open spaces of Khabarovsk krai, being under its protection and defense.
The coat of arms is made with use of three heraldic colors: red, blue, and black, and also colors of two metals: gold and silver.
Coat of arms type – coat of arms with animals.
The author of the coat f arms – Khabarovsk artists, Sergey Loginov.
The coat of arms standard (author’s version) is kept in the State Museum of the Far East named after N.I.Grodekov at the permanent exposition.
As unofficial version the coat of arms may have the following degrees of application:
complete (big, ceremonial) – is the coat of arms of Khabarovsk krai, which is King’s crown toped, on both side of the coat of arms with oak golden branches and acorns, the branches tied (enlaced) by St.Andrew’s ribbon (azure color).
Smaller coat of arms – the image of bear only, without shield.
Mini coat of arms – the image of bear’s head with open jaws, dark-red (red) eye and rolled out dark-red tongue, the head turned eastward (in direct perception).
When using these versions of coat of arms it’s necessary to take into account that they are not officially approved.
The description of the flag and the coat of arms of Khabarovsk krai and the standard of their official application are determined by the Order of Khabarovsk krai “About flag and coat of arms of Khabarovsk krai” (№ 324 of September 26, 2001).