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Imperial Russia

The Imperial Russian flag, until the revolution in 1917, carried the coat-of-arms of the czar, and more commonly had a plain gold or yellow field. The black, gold, white horizontal bands were the personal colours of the Romanov dynasty, which was overthrown in the Russian revolution.

The double headed eagle, originally a Byzantine heraldic symbol, represented the link between the church and the state, and was originally adopted by Czar Ivan III who ruled from 1462 - 1505.

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Taken on August 27, 2011