Kursk region coat of arms
The coat of arms of Kursk region is inherently an image of an ancient coat of arms of Kursk province. The historical coat of arms of Kursk province was adopted on July 5, 1878. It is based on the historical coat of arms of the city of Kursk, adopted on January 8, 1780 by Catherine II.
In a silver shield surmounted by the emperor’s crown there is an azure sash with three silver flying partridges. The shield is framed by golden oak leaves, intertwined with a blue ribbon. At the top the crown and oak leaves are joined by red ribbons.
The coat of arms of Kursk region suggests that in Kursk governorate’s forests there were many partridges. The crown and oak leaves emphasize strength and power.
The law of Kursk region "On the coat of arms and the flag of Kursk region" states that Kursk region coat of arms can be placed on printed forms of regional laws, as well as the regulations and orders of the regional administration head; on the forms of the Kursk regional Duma, the Governor of Kursk region, the local governments of administrative-territorial units, the official and other missions of Kursk region in the Russian Federation and abroad.
The coat of arms can be placed on the seals of the local governments of regional municipalities, also on the facades of the regional administration official residences, in the offices and vehicles of the regional Duma Chairman and the Governor of Kursk region, in the regional Duma meeting rooms and on the facades of buildings where the local government bodies are located, and on the facade of the official missions and other institutions of Kursk region in the Russian Federation and abroad.
Kursk region flag
The flag of Kursk region was adopted on December 17, 1996 by the Kursk region law "On the coat of arms and the flag of Kursk region"
The flag of Kursk region is a rectangular cloth consisting of five strips of the red, silver, gold, black and red colors. Red strips have equal size. Silver, gold and black strips have equal size as well. The ratio between the red strip’s width and the width of silver, gold and black strips is 2:1. In the center of the flag there is the emblem of Kursk region. The ratio between the flag's width and the flag's length is 2:3.
According to the law, the flag of Kursk region is always hoisted on the buildings, where the regional Duma meetings are held, on the Kursk region governor residences, on the buildings of the executive authorities, other public authorities, local governments, on the buildings of official and other missions of Kursk region in the Russian Federation. During celebrations and commemorative events the flag of Kursk region is hoisted on the buildings of non-governmental organizations, public associations, enterprises, institutions and homes. In addition, the flag of Kursk region can be placed on the buildings of the official and other missions abroad in accordance with the international law, the diplomatic protocol rules and traditions of the host country; on vehicles and in officies of the Kursk region governor and the chairman of the Kursk regional Duma.
The flag of Kursk region can be hoisted during ceremonies and other events held by Kursk region public authorities, public associations, enterprises, institutions and organizations regardless of ownership, and also during family celebrations.
The flag of Kursk region can be raised as a sign of mourning. In these cases a black ribbon, whose length equals to the length of the flag, is attached on the top of the flagstaff (mast). As a sign of mourning the flag can be at half-mast.
The flag colors symbolism. The red color of the flag symbolizes the courage and bravery, shown by the residents of the region in the years of hardship, their blood spilled on the fields of battle. The location of red strips above and below the flag resembles (reminds) the continuity of time. Black color symbolizes the regional fertile black soil; golden yellow color - its grain fields, silver (white) color resembles the color of the shield of the historic emblem of Kursk, symbolizing the purity of thoughts of regional population.