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The inconsistency in spelling between "Orel" and "Oryol" is a
difference in transliteration. The Russian letter is "e" with an
umlaut over it, pronounced and [usually] transliterated "yo".
Joseph McMillan, 26 November 2001
Most of the times Russians don’t write the "e+umlaut" letter, using
a simple "e" instead, causing that it is sometimes transcribed "Orel" (or
"Oryel", "Orjel" etc.) and others "Orël" (or "Oryol", "Orjol" etc.).
António Martins, 29 November 2002
The flag of Orel Region is seen at:
Tomislav Šipek, 2 April 2020
The flag of Orel region is rectangular with a ratio of width
to length 2:3, made of red and blue horizontal stripes.The ratio
of the red stripe is 4/5 of the height of the flag. The image of
coat of arms is set in the center of the red stripe. The ratio
of the blue stripe is 1/5 of the height of the flag. The width of
the image of coat of arms on the flag must be 1/4 of the length
of the flag. Flag has been adopted on 26 July 2002.
I. Smetannikova, 24 February 2003
Flag and arms of Orel Oblast officially adopted on July, 31st 2002.
The symbolic of the colors is described. More information in this
site (in Russian).
Jens Pattke,, 11 September 2002
Appropriately, the an eagle shows on the coat of arms, since the word
"i>orël" means "eagle".
Joseph McMillan,, 26 November 2001
The eagle show in the arms with three Russian crowns.br /> JJaume Ollé, 02 September 2003
The flag should have red with light blue stripe and arms in the
center. The arms are not those appearing at a href="http://www.adm.orel.ru/">www.adm.orel.ru/,
as it seems that they have added a silver book and golden ears on a green
background in the lower part of the arms.
PPascal Gross, 11 September 2002
I’m quite sure that the blue stripe [based on the
RSFSR flag] is like that as we have already several
other Russian flags of that kind: Kostroma,
Vladimir and Voronezh,
and also the city flag of Orel.
PPascal Gross, 26 November 2001
The basis was undertaken the coat of arms of Orel province, affirmed by
sovereign by emperor in 1878, against the azure background fortress and gold
two-headed eagle. In general this winged symbol is present in the
coat of arms of Russia, and according to the
requirements of heraldry, other subjects cannot use it on their coats of arms.
For Orel an exception is made, since the image of an eagle appeared on our
coat of arms of more than hundred years ago. The lower part of the coat of
arms is devised in our time. Against a green background — gold ears and the
silver book, which symbolizes the literary traditions of Orel edge. As far as
the flag of Orel region is concerned, it is red width with the blue strip and
the coat of arms of region in the middle. The figures of coat of arms and flag
are approved by governor and chairmen of deputy commissions.
Pascal Gross, 26 November 2001, translating from www.kpv.ru/news/0207/25/orl_kult_2.shtml
The blue stripe at the bottom, not at the hoist.
Mark Sensen, 03 October 2004
Decision of Regional Duma on contest on symbols of the Region
#23/219-OD (11 April 1997). The contest must be started 20 April
1997 and finished 20 June 1997. No more details.
Victor Lomantsov, 26 March 2000
This is interesting, and not unique: they announce a competition and
then… nothing. I’d say that if it was officially over in June ’97, either
a flag would have been adopted in a short period afterwards, or some
official communication should be issued that no entry presented to the
jury fulfilled the requirements and therefore no flag was adopted. (And
would this necessarily mean a new competition, with the same rules,
on a new date?…)
António Martins, 27 Mar 2000
At the city website
are explanations about the symbols of the city of Orel.
Looking at the flag we can notice that there is some nostalgia towards the
Soviet colours and symbols.
Pascal Gross, 11 November 2001
The second pro-soviet element is in the arms — historical arms had the
eagle crowned; modern ares are without the crown.
Victor Lomantsov, 12 November 2001
Considering that "орёл | orël" is
Russian for "eagle", here’s another example of canting.
António Martins, 19 November 2002