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Lithuania in the Soviet Union

Litovskaâ SSR / Lietuvos TSR

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Литовская ССР / Lietuvos TSR

Flag of 1953
image by Željko Heimer, 17 Apr 1996
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Description of the flag

Adopted 15 July 1953.
Željko Heimer, 17 Apr 1996

Specs.: stripes unknown!; hammer-and-sickle placement and size unknown! The thin white stripes seems to be due to a heraldic concern — same thing for Latvia and Estonia, but not for the others…
António Martins, 19 Jun 2001

Reverse of the flag

Back of the flag
image by Željko Heimer, 17 Apr 1996 | two-sided reverse

No hammer, sickle and star on the reverse side.
Mark Sensen, 25 May 1997

1918 tricolor flag allowed?

flag of ind. Lithuania
image by Željko Heimer, 13 May 2002

I was aware at the time that Mikhail Gorbachev had decided to let Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia fly their 1918 national flags, in addition to their S.S.R. flags.
John Crosby, 23 May 2001

I, too received several Soviet era flags, complete with their manufacturers labels, back about the time of 1990, it was possible to buy an unopened package of the flags of all the republics, but I did not have the funds for that, so all I acquired were Russian, Georgian, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian SSRs and the Lithuanian tri-colour. The Lithuanian national flag was definitely made by the same source in the USSR as the others, and before 1990. I do not remember where the flags were made, I will have to find the labels, but I think it may have been Kazakhstan.
Devereaux Cannon, 23 May 2001

Coat of arms

CoA of Lithuanian SSR
image by Marcus Schmöger, 07 Sep 2001 (source: [hzg80])

The emblem of the SSR was probably introduced 1940 and replaced by the current arms 20 September 1991.
Marcus Schmöger, 16 Sep 2001

Misidentified lithuanian flag

In the book A Day in the life of the Soviet Union which was made in 1987, there is a photo of Byelorussian schoolchildren exercizing under «The flag of the Soviet republic of Byelorussia». However, this is not the red and green flag that was adopted as the Soviet republic’s flag in 1951, nor is it the current flag of Belarus: Instead, this flag has a light green bar at the base that goes up about 1/4 the hoist.
C. C. C. P. Robert, 03 Aug 1998

It looks like a Lithuanian SSR flag. I bet that the photo was taken near the border line and the writer mixed up in which side of it he was…
António Martins, 15 Dec 1999

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