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Postal Service flag
image by António Martins and Steve Stringfellow, 20 Oct 1999
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Description of the flag

The Flag of the Federal Postal Service was adopted with the Presidential Decree No 240 on 17 of march 1997. The flag is white with the national flag of Russia in canton. There is the Emblem of the Service (which adopted with same Decree) in the fly. The Emblem consists of a golden double-headed crowned eagle with two golden postal-horns in his claws and with silver lightnings. The proportions of the flag — 3:2. The height of the emblem is equal to 3/5 of flag-width. The width of the emblem — 1/3 of the flag-length. The distance from the emblem to fly and lower selvages — 1/20 of the flag-length.
Victor Lomantsov, 07 Dec 1999

The russian tricolor is a quarter of the flag. I saw real flag with the whole yellow emblem. But officially the lightnings (in official text - "arrows"; we must understand it like "arrows of lightnings") must be white (silver). Whole yellow emblem is a mistake of flag-makers.
Victor Lomantsov, 10 Dec 1999

Postal ensign

Postal ensign
image by Jaume Ollé, 15 Mar 1999

Here in Russia I never saw this postal ensign, nor even the symbol (horn) on it. Since it is an ensign, tough, it may be used only afloat, although I guess that nowadays most mail service is done by road or plane. This is is probably an accurate design, but refering to the pre-1917 russian postal ensign.
António Martins, 09 Dec 1999