Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, On the State and National Symbol of the Estonian SSR. June 25, 1988
Original Source: Molodezh’ Estonii, 25 June 1988.
The state symbol of the Estonian SSR is established by the Constitution (Fundamental Law) of the Estonian SSR.
Orders of the Supreme Soviet have confirmed the matters of the state seal, the state flag, and the anthem of the Estonian SSR, execution of which is to be undertaken by the responsible persons and citizens.
Symbols in cities and regions (city emblems, traditional signs, and so on) are to be established by the executive committees of the corresponding local soviets of people’s deputies.
Taking account of the numerous requests by citizens, social organizations, and workers’ collectives of the republic, it is proposed that the national symbols of the Estonian SSR, other than state symbols, be the traditional combination of the colors blue, black, and white, cornflowers, and the barn swallow.
Based upon the above and the proposals of the working group on questions of citizenship and the state symbolism of the Estonian SSR, formed on the instructions of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian SSR on 19 May 1988, the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian SSR orders that:
1. the historically created combination of the colors blue, black, and white be acknowledged as the Estonian national colors;
2. the cornflower and the barn swallow be acknowledged as the Estonian national symbols;
3. establishment of means of adopting and defending the national symbols is to be considered necessary.
President of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian SSR, E. Riuite
Secretary of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian SSR, V. Vakh
Source: Martha B. Olcott with Lubomyr Hajda and Anthony Olcott, eds., Soviet Multinational State: readings and documents (Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 1990), p. 527.