THE CITY COAT OF ARMS
The coat of arms is one of the main symbols of the city. It commemorates the great service Rostov-on-Don has done for Russia and the city community, and the legal rights and privileges obtained by self-governance authorities at various stages of its history.
The coat of arms of Rostov-on-Don was adopted in 1811, and then changed in 1904 and re-established by a resolution adopted by the City Duma at its 22nd session on April 9, 1996 (Resolution #211). On June 14, 1996, the Rostov Regional Department of Justice registered the coat of arms together with the City Charter (Registration No. 1). The standard height to width ratio of the city coat of arms is 0.97:1.
This coat of arms is pictured on the city banner and embossed on the official breastplate of the city mayor.
Other official uses of the Rostov-on-Don coat of arms are specified by the respective resolutions adopted by the City Duma.
The city coat of arms can be used in monochrome and stencil forms.
Any versions of the city coat of arms with colors differing from those of the version adopted by the City Duma are not allowed.
THE CITY BANNER
A sacred object, the city banner was given by the city community as a gift to the six-vote City Duma on September 20, 1864. To commemorate this important event, and also to celebrate the opening of a new bridge and the laying of a foundation stone for the future charity hospital, the City Duma, led by Chairman A.M. Baikov, ordered a city-wide celebration, which became the first public celebration of that sort in the history of Rostov-on-Don. Today, the tradition to celebrate City Day is kept and enjoyed by local citizens. Several times in the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century regiments of volunteers gathered under the city banner to set off to defend Russia’s southern frontiers.
The single copy of the city banner resides in the building of the City Duma and the City Administration in a glass case located on the front staircase between the ground floor and the first floor.
On both sides of the city banner, right in the center, is the coat of arms of Rostov-on-Don in color. Both sides of the banner are made of white satin; starting in the upper part and continuing in the lower part of the banner is the inscription: “The city of Rostov-on-Don” and “Founded in 1749”. Both parts of the inscription, in golden letters, are separated from the blank space of the banner with a red 10-mm line situated 50 mm away from the edges of the cloth. The distance from the upper and lower sides of the banner to the city coat of arms is 150 mm. All along the perimeter the banner cloth is adorned a golden 25-mm long fringe. The colored city coat of arms imprinted on the banner and the white color of its cloth symbolize that Rostov-on-Don is free and open to the development of trade and industry, as well as to the establishment of cultural and other relations with partner-cities. Fig.2 shows the standard appearance of Rostov-on-Don’s city banner.
The dimensions of the city banner are specified by the so-called artistic principle of “golden section”, a 1:0.62 length-to-width ratio – as a result, the banner is 1,370 mm long and 850 mm wide. The flagstaff (25 mm in diameter) is crowned with a 175-mm tall diamond-shaped tip, made of metal and chromium-plated.
City Day and Victory Day are the only times when the city banner is taken out of the City Duma and the City Administration building by a guard of honor.
Other occasions when the city banner may be used are specified by special resolutions of the City Duma.
The Rostov-on-Don banner cannot be used by any enterprises, institutions or organizations, irrespective of their type of ownership, as the basis for their own corporate symbols.
Any reproduction of the city banner in any colors different from the ones in the version adopted by the City Duma is prohibited.
The use of printed copies of the city banner in a monochrome color scheme is allowed.
THE CITY FLAG
Rostov-on-Don’s city flag is a sacred object of the urban community and should be protected within and beyond the city borders. It is a symbol of unity and interaction between the local citizens, irrespective of their religion, nationality, or their preferences for or membership in political parties or public movements.
The city flag is a rectangular cloth designed according to the "golden section" principle (2:3 height-to-length ratio) and bearing the two colors of the city coat of arms, which divide the cloth vertically into two equal parts. They are located on the front of the flag in the following order from the flagstaff: azure blue, symbolizing the Rostovites’ honor and glory, sincerity and loyalty to the traditions that go back many generations) and dark red, symbolizing Rostovites’ justice and courage, the strength and courage shown in their work and in the battles for independence and freedom of their homeland).
In the center of the city flag is a small outline of the city coat of arms. The shield on the coat of arms is cleft into two parts: in the left part on the azure blue background is a white two-tier tower with its gates shut; above it is a white flag with St.Andrew's azure blue cross on a white flagstaff, which is located towards the right side of the tower. Under the five-opening battlement on top of the tower there are two gun-slots, located above the seven- opening lower battlement. On the dark red background is a white ancient helmet turned straight toward and chain-mail armor, both set on a supporting pole. Behind them there is a bow with a string, pointing downwards, and an arrow and spear placed crosswise.
The colors of the city flag and heraldic figures on its reverse side are placed in the following order from the flagstaff: a watch-tower against a blue background, and captured trophies against a red background.
The heraldic figures are outlined in white without much detail. This symbolizes both the Rostovites’ clear intentions, freedom, generosity, and peaceful coexistence of all the citizens of different nationalities within one urban community – and shows the city’s openness to its friends and readiness for cooperation.
A small city coat of arms is also reproduced in an outline without any detail. The thickness of the white line outlining the shield constitutes 1/50 of the height of the flag; the height of the shield is 5/7 of the height of the flag; and the height of the heraldic figures is 3/5 of the height of the flag and their width is 1/4 of the height of the flag. The internal and external outlines of heraldic figures are also outlined in black. The thickness of the external lines of the heraldic figures is 1/4 of the thickness of the white line of the shield outline on the city coat of arms. The thickness of the internal lines of the heraldic figures is 1/8 of the thickness of the white line of the shield outline on the city coat of arms.
The city flag and the flag of the Rostov Region are kept on the facades of the respective buildings of the City Duma and the City Administration, as well as on the buildings of district administrations.
On days when the National Flag of the Russian Federation and the city flag are flown together, the Russian National Flag is located on the left-hand side (of a person facing the flags).
On days when the National Flag of the Russian Federation, the flag of Rostov-on-Don, and the flag of the Rostov Region are flowing, the following order of placement is observed (for a person facing the flags):
· the National Flag of the Russian Federation is in the center;
· the Flag of Rostov Region is on the right-hand side;
· the Flag of the city of Rostov-on-Don is on the left-hand side.
The city flag cannot be larger than the National Flag of the Russian Federation or the flag of the Rostov Region.
The city flag is always displayed in the offices of the City Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Local Self-Governance, in the offices of Deputy-Heads of the City Administration, Heads of the District Administrations, and in the assembly halls of the City Duma, and the City and District Administrations.
When this flag is displayed on national holidays, City Day, days of the districts, during official ceremonies and celebrations or during commemorative events or ceremonies to honor champions of sports competitions or any other kinds of contests, and during various all-Russian and international activities, the flag is given the highest honors.
During national holidays, City Days or days of the districts, the city flag is put up on the facades of the buildings of various enterprises, institutions and organizations, and various residential buildings.
In the days of various referendums or elections for deputies to the City Duma, for city mayor, for governor of Rostov region and for President of the Russian Federation, the city flag is set on the buildings with polling stations.
The city flag in the form of a guard flag or a pennant is set on various vehicles belonging to the city and district administrations. It is also located on different river vessels for inland navigation, which may be visited on official matters by the City Mayor, Deputy Mayor for Local Self-Governance, other Deputy Heads of the City Administration and Heads or Deputy Heads of the District Administrations.
The city flag may be raised during other celebratory events held by local self-governance authorities; events organized by public associations, industrial enterprises, institutions and companies of various forms of ownership, and by individuals, provided the requirement concerning the need to respect the city flag and the corresponding administrative rules and regulations are strictly observed.
When the city flag is flown as a sign of mourning, it is always raised at half-mast, with a black ribbon attached to its upper part; the length of such ribbon equal to the length of the flag.
When reproducing the image of the city flag, the color pattern and artistic form should strictly correspond to the description approved by the City Duma. For printed reproductions, a black and white image of the flag is allowed.
The city flag may be reproduced in strict conformity with its description and the present regulations. The city flag may be copied in any size, on different materials, and in the form of a pennant.
In cases when the city flag is used, the responsibility for observing the established rules and regulations is born by the heads of the local self-governance bodies, head managers of the corresponding enterprises and companies, leaders of public associations, institutions and organizations, or by individuals who use it for their own purposes.
THE OFFICIAL BREASTPLATE OF THE CITY MAYOR
The official breastplate of the city mayor, which was introduced by City Regulations adopted in 1870 as an attribute of the head of the city, is a stylized, oval-shaped cartouche. The front of the breastplate, just in the center, features the city coat of arms, and the inscriptions “Rostov-on-Don” in the upper part and “City Mayor” in the lower part. On the reverse side of the official breastplate there is another inscription: “April 9, 1996. Adoption of the City Charter. Establishment of the City Mayoralty.”
This official breastplate is worn on the chest, over the suit, and suspended on a large chain. The dimensions of the official breastplate are 93x75 mm; the convex part is 8mm thick. Both the official breastplate of the City Mayor and its holding chain are made of a precious (semi-precious) metal, white in color.
As for their form, the breastplate and the chain should be easily distinguished from other breastplates used by law-enforcement and judicial officials.
The municipal budget funds the manufacturing of the official breastplate of the City Mayor. When the Mayor resigns from office, the breastplate, being part of the city property, should be left in the City Duma.
The official breastplate is used by the City Mayor on the following occasions:
· at inauguration after taking the oath;
· during official ceremonies connected with awarding diplomas and acknowledgement certificates to Honorable City Residents and winners of various competitions and contests held in the city;
· during official receptions of authorized representatives of the partner-cities or other Russian regions, as well as at receptions of high-profile foreign delegations;
· at official events connected with celebrations of national holidays and the City Day;
· at official events during visits to partner-cities; and
· on other particularly ceremonial or festive occasions, when the Mayor exercises his delegated authority.
The procedures for upkeep of the official breastplate are specified by the City Mayor.