National simbols of the Russian Federation
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National Flag of the Russian Federation


The Federal  Constitutional  Law
of the Russian  Federation
 
On National Flag of the Russian Federation
 
by the State Duma Adopted on December 8, 2000
by the Federation Council Approved on December 20, 2000

(as amended by the Federal Constitutional Laws (FCL)
on July 09, 2002 No. 3-FCL, on July 09,2002 No. 4-FCL,
on June 30, 2003 No. 2-FCL, on March 07, 2005 No. 1-FCL,
on November 08, 2008 No. 4-FCL, on July 23, 2010 No. 5-FCL,
on December 28, 2010 No. 8-FCL)

The present Federal onstitutional law establishes the National flag of the Russian Federation, its description and the order of official use.

Article 1. The National flag of the Russian Federation is an official state symbol of the Russian Federation.
The national flag of the Russian Federation represents a rectangular panel from three equal horizontal strips: top - white, average - dark blue and bottom - red color. The attitude of width of the flag to its length is 2:3.
Multi-color figure of the National flag of the Russian Federation is placed in the appendix to the present Federal Constitutional Law.

Article 2. The National flag of the Russian Federation is lifted constantly on buildings:
Administrations of the President of the Russian Federation;
Council of Federation of Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation;
The State Duma of Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation;
The governments of the Russian Federation;
The constitutional Court of the Russian Federation;
The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation;
The Supreme Arbitration court of the Russian Federation;
The State Office of Public Prosecutor of the Russian Federation;
The central bank of the Russian Federation;
Accounting chamber of the Russian Federation;
Residences of the Representative under human rights in the Russian Federation;
The central selective commission of the Russian Federation.

The National flag of the Russian Federation is lifted constantly (one or together with corresponding flags) on buildings of federal enforcement authorities, on residences of plenipotentiaries of the President of the Russian Federation in federal districts, and also on buildings of bodies of the government of subjects of the Russian Federation.

Article 3. The National flag of the Russian Federation is hung out on buildings (or rises on masts, flagstaffs) institutions of local government, public associations, the enterprises, establishments and the organizations irrespective of patterns of ownership, and also on apartment houses in days of the state holidays of the Russian Federation.
The National flag of the Russian Federation rises on:
buildings of diplomatic representatives, consular establishments, residences of chapters of diplomatic representatives and consular establishments when it is connected to performance by the specified persons of official duties, and also on buildings of other official representations of the Russian Federation outside the Russian Federation, including official representations of the Russian Federation at the international organizations, - according to norms of international law, rules of a diplomatic protocol and traditions of a host country;
the courts brought in one registers of courts of the Russian Federation, - as a fodder flag;
the courts registered in the register of courts of the foreign state and given in using and in possession Russian charterer under the contract of chartering of a vessel without crew (charter-party) to which according to the Code of trading navigation of the Russian Federation the right of navigation under the National flag of the Russian Federation is temporarily given;
the military ships and courts - according to the Ship charter;
the auxiliary courts of Navy fleet used as Russian court of the foreign navigation for performance of works outside the Russian Federation, - as a fodder flag;
A vessel, floating under state or a national colors of the foreign state, should at navigation in internal waters of the Russian Federation or during parking in port of the Russian Federation in addition to the flag to lift and carry according to the international sea customs also the National flag of the Russian Federation.

Article 4. The National flag of the Russian Federation is established constantly:
in boardrooms of Council of Federation of Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the State Duma of Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Russian Federation, in halls of judicial sessions;
in a study of the President of the Russian Federation and in other premises (rooms) intended for carrying out of solemn actions (ceremonies) with participation of the President of the Russian Federation, in studies of Chairman of Council of Federation of Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the State Duma of Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Head of Administration of the President of the Russian Federation, plenipotentiaries of the President of the Russian Federation in federal districts, Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Arbitration court of the Russian Federation, the General public prosecutor of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Central bank of the Russian Federation, Chairman of Accounting chamber of the Russian Federation, the Representative under human rights in the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Central selective commission of the Russian Federation, heads of federal enforcement authorities, federal judges, public prosecutors, and also heads of bodies of the government of subjects of the Russian Federation, heads of municipal formations, chapters of diplomatic representatives, consular establishments and other official representations of the Russian Federation outside the Russian Federation, including official representations of the Russian Federation at the international organizations.

Article 5. The National flag of the Russian Federation is placed on vehicles of the President of the Russian Federation, Chairman of Council of Federation of Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the State Duma of Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, heads of the state and governmental delegations, chapters of diplomatic representatives, consular establishments and other official representations of the Russian Federation outside the Russian Federation, including official representations of the Russian Federation at the international organizations.
The National flag of the Russian Federation daily rises in places of a constant disposition of military units and separate units of Armed forces of the Russian Federation other armies and military formations. Ritual of rise of the National flag of the Russian Federation in military units and separate units is established by the President of the Russian Federation.

Article 6. The National flag of the Russian Federation rises (is established) during official ceremonies and other solemn actions spent by federal bodies of the government, bodies of the government of subjects of the Russian Federation and institutions of local government.
The National flag of the Russian Federation can be lifted (is established) during the solemn actions spent by public associations, the enterprises, establishments and the organizations irrespective of patterns of ownership, and also during family celebrations.

In all cases stipulated by charters of Armed forces of the Russian Federation for carrying out of the Fighting Banner of military unit, the National flag of the Russian Federation attached to a staff is simultaneously taken out. The order of joint carrying out and accommodation of the National flag of the Russian Federation and the Fighting Banner of military unit is defined by the President of the Russian Federation.

Article 7. In days of mourning in the top part of a staff of the National flag of the Russian Federation the black tape which length is equal to length of a panel of a flag fastens. The National flag of the Russian Federation lifted on a mast (flagstaff), is lowered a little up to half of height of a mast (flagstaff).
During the mourning ceremonies providing to salute of military honors to died (lost) citizen of the Russian Federation, the coffin with a body of the deceased is covered with a panel of the National flag of the Russian Federation. Before burial the panel of the National flag of the Russian Federation is turned off and transferred native (relatives) of the deceased.

Article 8. Flags of subjects of the Russian Federation, municipal formations, public associations, the enterprises, establishments and the organizations irrespective of patterns of ownership cannot be identical to the National flag of the Russian Federation.

The National flag of the Russian Federation cannot be used as a heraldic basis of flags of subjects of the Russian Federation, municipal formations, public associations, the enterprises, establishments and the organizations irrespective of patterns of ownership.
At simultaneous rise (accommodation) of the National flag of the Russian Federation and a flag of the subject of the Russian Federation, municipal formation, public association or the enterprise, establishment or the organization the National flag of the Russian Federation settles down from the left side from other flag if to stand to them the person; at simultaneous rise (accommodation) of odd number of flags the National flag of the Russian Federation settles down in the center, and at rise (accommodation) of even number of flags (but more than two) - more to the left of the center.
At simultaneous rise (accommodation) of the National flag of the Russian Federation and other flags the size of a flag of the subject of the Russian Federation, municipal formation, public association or the enterprise, establishment or the organization cannot exceed the size of the National flag of the Russian Federation, and the height of rise of the National flag of the Russian Federation cannot be less heights of rise of other flags.

Article 9. The image of the National flag of the Russian Federation is rendered on air court of the Russian Federation, registered in the State register of civil air courts of the Russian Federation, on military - transport air the court, used for flights for limits of the Russian Federation, and also on the space vehicles started by the Russian Federation, in the order established by the Government of the Russian Federation.

The image of the National flag of the Russian Federation is used as an onboard distinctive sign on the ships, boats and courts of Boundary service of the Russian Federation, and also as a sign of the state belonging of the high-speed courts brought in the State ship register of the Russian Federation or the ship register of the State river navigable inspection on which are given the ship patent, the corresponding ship certificate or the ship ticket.
The image of the National flag of the Russian Federation can be used as an element or a heraldic basis of the state awards of the Russian Federation, and also heraldic signs - emblems and flags of federal enforcement authorities.

Article 9.1. Official use of the National Flag of the Russian Federation carried out in cases and in the procedure established by this Federal Constitutional Law.

The National flag of the Russian Federation and its image can be used by citizens, public associations, enterprises, institutions and organizations in such cases where the use of the flag is not a desecration of the flag of the Russian Federation.

Article 10. Use of the National flag of the Russian Federation with infringement of the present Federal Constitutional Law, and also violation of the National flag of the Russian Federation entails the responsibility according to the legislation of the Russian Federation.

Article 11. The present Federal Constitutional Law inures from the date of its official publication.

Russian President
V.Putin

Moscow, The Kremlin
December 25, 2000
 1-FCL
 

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