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Kabardino-Balkaria, in the north Caucasus, borders
Karachay-Cherkassia to the west,
Georgia to the south and
North Ossetia to the east.
Kabardian is a Caucasian language, very closely
related to Circassian (Cherkess), more distantly to
Abkhaz and Adygei, and more
distantly still to Georgian. Balkar, on the other hand,
is a Turkic language very closely related to Karachay.
Vincent Morley, 19 Nov 1997
An autonomous province was established for the Kabardians in 1921
and a year later this was extended to include the Balkarians. In 1936, the
status of the region was upgraded to that of an ASSR. This, in turn,
declared itself a Union Republic in 1991.
The flag was adopted by Republican Supreme Council
on the 21st of July, 1994 alongside with its coat of
arms. It consists of three equal-sized horizontal stripes:
sky-blue over white over green. The center of flag is
charged with the circle crossed by sky-blue and green
fields. On a sky-blue field there is white (snow-white)
stylized picture of Elbrus mountain (the highest peak of
Caucasus mountains — 5642 m).
Andrew Rukkas, 28 Feb 1999