The Flags of the World (FOTW) database recently added a new indigenous peoples’ flag: the flag of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON).

RAIPON flag. Image by Zoltan Horvath

RAIPON was established in 1990 and participates on the Arctic Council. It represents 41 different indigenous groups across Russia.

RAIPON’s logo. Source: yle/UUTISET

RAIPON was shut down unexpectedly in 2012 with the pretext that its logo had not been federally registered.  It has since reopened.

Desk flags of Moscow (front) and RAIPON (back) at a meeting with North American environmental scientists at RAIPON’s Moscow offices. Source: raipon.info

On raipon.info we found a couple photos of vexillological interest:

The flag of the Sami People is displayed at the opening of the 2015 Sami Games in the village of Lovozero, Murmansk Oblast, Russia.  Source: raipon.info.
Flag of the Okhinsky District, Sakhalin Oblast, Russia flies at a regional championship in which 63 child athletes from Sakhalin’s seven districts competed. Source: raipon.info

Other Sakhalinese flags can be seen in this video about the competition.

Author: SDM

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