Flag of Chechnya

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Chechen Republic
AdoptedJune 22, 2004; 19 years ago (2004-06-22)
DesignA horizontal tricolor of green (representing Islam), white (representing peace or the Caucasus Mountains) and red (representing bloodshed). The national ornament is at the white band at the hoist.
UseStandard of the president of the Chechen Republic

The flag of Chechnya (Chechen: Нохчийчоьнан байракх, romanized: Noxçiyçönan bayraq) is a rectangle with sides in the ratio 2:3 representing the Chechen Republic, a republic of Russia. The flag is composed of three horizontal bars of, from top to bottom: green, representing Islam; white; and red; superimposed on them is a narrow vertical white band at the hoist, containing the national ornament, a design of four golden scroll shapes.

This flag, introduced in 1982, is primarily used by the government of Chechnya while the pro-independence flags are commonly used by opposition forces.

Historic flags[edit]

From 1957 to 1978, the Soviet flag of the Chechen-Ingush ASSR was based on the flag of the Russian SFSR with the addition of a blue vertical bar on the hoist side and the abbreviated name of the Republic (НГӀАССР in Chechen and Ingush, and ЧИАССР in Russian).

In 1978, these abbreviated names were replaced with the full versions: ЧЕЧЕНО-ИНГУШСКАЯ АССР in Russian, НОХЧ-ГӀАЛГӀАЙН АССР in Chechen, and НОХЧ-ГӀАЛГӀАЙ АССР in Ingush.

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Dzurdzuk and Princedom of Simsim Plain dark red flag
The flag of Chechnya from the end of 1785 until March 8, 1840
19th century
Flag of the Caucasian Imamate
1919–1920 Flag of the North Caucasian Emirate A plain green flag with a crecent tilted to face upwards, and 3 stars on the top.
Flag of the Mountain Republic
Flag of Ali Mitaev
1937–1944 Flag of the Chechen-Ingush ASSR
1957–1978 Flag of the Chechen-Ingush ASSR
1978–1991 Flag of the Chechen-Ingush ASSR


Several flags have been used by the supporters of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. The most common of these is the green flag with the red and white stripes. Its proportions are approximately 7:11. The color scheme is green, white, red, white, green, with the upper two-thirds of the flag in green and the remaining one third in white, red, white and green stripes of equal width, the width ratio of which is 8:1:1:1:1.[1] Another well-known example is similar to this flag but has the country's coat of arms incorporated into the design. Each color is meant to symbolize an aspect of the Chechen national character. Green is the color of life, red symbolizes the bloodshed in the struggle for freedom and white represents the road to a bright future.[1] These flags were mainly used by supporters of Dzhokhar Dudayev, Aslan Maskhadov and their successors. Apart from these several other designs have been used by different factions of the independentist movement, and even single sides used different flags at the same time.

Flag Date Use Description
1991–2000 National Flag of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria
1991–2000 Variant flag of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria National Flag of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria with Coat of Arms
1990–1996 Flag of the All-National Congress of the Chechen People
2005–2007 Flag used by the Caucasus Emirate

Loyalist opposition[edit]

The pro-Moscow opposition to Dudayev used a flag of similar design with the main difference being the inversion of the red and white stripes and their different width-ratio. Its proportions are reported to be 7:11 and it consists of 5 horizontal stripes: green, red, white, red and green, the width ratio of which is 8:1:1:1:1.[2] It has not been used since it was replaced by the current flag of the Chechen Republic.

Flag Date Use Dscription
1991–2004 Pro-Russian Chechen flag
?–? Flag of the Provisional Council of the Chechen Republic, Umar Avturkhanov's fraction
2000?–Present Flag of Grozny Green background with the red and white stripes, and a drawing of the Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque on the green side.


Flag Dste Use Description
2020–Present Adat People's Movement
2007–2016 Caucasus Emirate A plain black flag with the Shahada on the middle written in white, and a sword on the bottom.
?–Present Flag used by the Kadyrovites Identical to the current flag of Chechnya, but with the picture of Akhmat Kadyrov on the center.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Independentist flag of Chechnya (Russia, 1990s)". www.crwflags.com.
  2. ^ "Pro-Russian flag of Chechnya (Russia, 1990s)". www.crwflags.com.

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