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Flag of the Lithuanian SSR (1940–1953)
Flag of the Lithuanian SSR (1953–1988)
Flag of the Lithuanian SSR (1988–1990)

The flag of the Lithuanian SSR was adopted by the Lithuanian SSR on July 30, 1940. The flag was red with a gold hammer and sickle in the top-left corner, and the Latin characters LIETUVOS TSR (Lithuanian SSR in the Lithuanian language) above them in gold in sans-serif lettering.[1]

On July 15, 1953, a new flag was adopted. It was modified to meet the new requirements for all flags of the Soviet socialist republics.[1] The top red portion took ⅔ of the width and incorporated the mandatory hammer and sickle and red star. The bottom part could be customized by each republic. Lithuania added a narrow white and a larger green (¼ of the width) strips.[1] The flag was abandoned in 1988, even before Lithuania declared independence in 1990. The Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian SSR, inspired by pro-independence Sąjūdis, amended the constitution and adopted the tricolor flag of Lithuania.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Rimša, Edmundas (2005). Heraldry: Past to Present. Versus aureus. pp. 92–94. ISBN 9955-601-73-6.  
  2. ^ "The Lithuanian State flag". Seimas. 2006-01-17. Retrieved 2009-11-08.  


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