I just saw this video of Russian tanks on a video on Twitter.

I can see four different flags flown by the soldiers but I can't make out what they are apart from the last one which just looks like the flag of Russia. I tried to screenshot them as best as I could but what are they and what does the text on them say?

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  • Is flag identification on topic? If it is can you post an image of the flags rather than a video? Apr 13, 2022 at 14:53
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    @DJClayworth yes, because in this case it's a type of political messaging. See also my meta answer on this question.
    – JJJ
    Apr 13, 2022 at 14:56
  • I saw other questions on identifying flags i hope that this is okay :) I tried to post an image but it wouldn't let me, i think its showing now?
    – Silver Fox
    Apr 13, 2022 at 14:57
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    Well I recognize the last one... Apr 13, 2022 at 14:57
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    Well the audio says "look, our flag, imperial" and "marine/naval infantry".
    – Fizz
    Apr 13, 2022 at 15:31

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The first flag shown is the double-headed eagle from the Coat of Arms of the Russian Empire imposed on the Empire's black/yellow/white tricolour. The flag also includes the motto "Мы - русские / С нами Бог", - roughly "We are Russian / God is with us".

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Image from RusAtribut

The second flag is another unofficial one, it appears to be an alteration of the old flag of the Russian Naval Infantry, which was changed in 2020. The flag's emblem has been replaced with a skull wearing the Naval Infantry beret imposed on two crossed anchors, with the motto "Где мы - там победа" - "Where we are, there is victory". The text on the top is "Морская пехота", Russian for Naval Infantry.

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Image from RusAtribut

The third, fourth and fifth flags are all the same - the ensign of the Russian Navy, and you've already identified the final flag as the flag of the Russian Federation.

  • Are these official unit colours? If so which units do they correspond to? Or are they irregular designs? Apr 13, 2022 at 17:17
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    @CharlieEvans: I checked the 5 or so Russia naval infantry brigades that have their badges on Wikipedia, but it corresponds to none of those. The most grizzly official one has black bear grabbing the globe.
    – Fizz
    Apr 13, 2022 at 21:10
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    @phoog, a statement. Very much the same as Gott mit uns.
    – Zeus
    Apr 14, 2022 at 2:19
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    @CharlieEvans the black-yellow-white (black-gold-white) flag is not official; it's often used by nationalist and monarchist groups in Russia.
    – mustaccio
    Apr 14, 2022 at 16:59
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    I think I'd have worried the image of a skull wearing their uniform might give the impression that where they are, there is victory ... for someone else. :) Apr 15, 2022 at 20:12

The black yellow white flag is First official State Flag of the Russian Empire and Flag for "Celebrations". The logo on that first flag is an imperial standard, as shown on Wikipedia.

The White flags with the blue cross seem to be navy flags. Wikipedia lists it as the Banner of the Russian Navy with the description:

The ensign of the Russian Navy is used as the banner of the Russian Navy. On December 29, 2000, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a federal law making the naval ensign of the Russian navy the official banner of the Russian Navy.

The last flag seems to be the white blue red which is the flag of the Russian Federation.

I'm not sure about the logos on the navy flags (yet).


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