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image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 September 2010



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Mr. Denis Sacharnych has sent a photo from official web-site of Staff of Protection of Russian Schools in Latvia at <www.shtab.lv>. Such flag is unofficially used by a social movement for human rights in uniform Latvia. Passports of  inhabitants of Latvia, who are not having Latvian citizenship (non-citizen, mainly - Russian which arrived in Latvian SSR after 1940) have such violet shade.
Mikhail Revnivtsev, 1 October 2005

Couldn't that "violet" be explained as simply an artifact of the lighting, film or other camera setting? My first thought was that this was a plain old Latvian flag.
Albert S. Kirsch, 1 October 2005

No, it not an artefact. It is real, true color of this flag,  distinguished from a shade of red color on national flag of Latvia. Such color, precisely such, use in covers of passports of non-citizen in Latvia. About that, there are many news in the Russian TV and on web-sites.
The design of this flag completely identical to the national flag of Latvia. Difference consists only in color of the two wide strips. True original shade of this color  can be seen on the passport of non-citizen of  Latvia at <www.ocma.gov.lv>.
Mikhail Revnivtsev, 2 October 2005

The so called flag of the Russian population in Latvia - the violet Latvian, based on the colour of the aliens passport in Latvia, is actually nither a political, nor ethnic symbol. The flag is a campaign - one off - leaflet distributed in the cetral part of Riga on 18 November 2005. Besides, being "violet" is a political stance in Latvia, as there are no legal barriers to the Russian speakers to get naturalised into Latvian citizenship.
Ree Fischer, 4 December 2005

The Latviaís Russianís ethnic flag the official carmine with ex-Soviet passport violet. The webpages quoted for this are defunct, but Archive.ORG kept copies:
http://web.archive.org/web/20051220080117/http://www.ocma.gov.lv/?_p=75&menu__id=13
http://web.archive.org/web/20051220080117/http://www.ocma.gov.lv/images/pase_nepils_vaks.gif.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 September 2010