Ямало-Ненецкого АО / Yamalo-Nenetskogo AO
Autonomous Okrug was established on 10.12.1930 as an
autonomous okrug for the Nenets, or Samoyed, people, although
by the late 20th century they constituted only about one-tenth of
the population. The okrug covers the northern part of the West
Siberian Plain and the former Tobolsk Governorate. Apart from the narrow
chain of the northern Urals in the west, it is a huge, level plain, covered
by extensive swamps and barren tundra; in the south is stunted forest. The
climate is extremely severe. Reindeer herding and fishing were the only
occupations until the early 1970s, when exploitation
of natural-gas deposits began. The natural-gas fields in
the okrug are some of the world’s largest. Among the many deposits,
the Urengoy and Medveshye fields are large producers. Salekhard is the administrative centre.
December 1930, the Yamal-Nenets National District, a part of the Tobolsk Governorate,
was changed to an Autonomous Okrug. For a long time the district was part of
the Tyumen Region. The administrative center of the district is Salekhard.
version of the Law “On the coat of arms of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug”
was approved by the State Duma of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District by
Decree No. 307 of 24 December 1997. A sketch of the approved coat of arms was
sent to the State Heraldry [Register]. However, the governor rejected the
draft law proposed by the Duma.
November (15 December ??) 1999, by Decree No. 730 "On Reconsidering the
Law of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug" “On the Coat of Arms of the
Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug ", a new version of the law on the coat
of arms was adopted in the first reading, and a sketch of the coat of arms
was approved. The law was signed by the governor on 30 December 1999 (No.
59-ZAO). The Law was accompanied by a description and explanation of the coat
of arms symbols.
on 26 September 2003, the State Duma of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug
approved Decree No. 1050 which adopted the next version of the Law "On
the coat of arms of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug" (signed by S.N.
Kharyuch, Chairman of the State Duma of the Autonomous Okrug). The law was signed
by the Governor of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District Yu.V. Neyolov on
October 13, 2003 (No. 41-ZAO). The text of the Law contains an official
description and interpretation of the coat of arms.
Arms: Azure, a reindeer (Rangifer tarandus-Cervidæ) passant Argent, eyed Gules, in
sinister chief a four-pointed star Argent.
Crown: A seven-pointed crown, its central point
crested with a flame Or, capped Azure
Supporters: Two polar bears (Ursus maritimus – Ursidæ) Argent, eyed and langued Gules and
unguled Sable, standing on an ice floe, Argent
Motto: A ribbon Azure decorated with a folkloristic
rafter-counter rafter pattern Argent, and a fess Gules in base.
Æ See illustration in the head of
The blue shield, as well as the blue cap of the crown
symbolizes the unity of the people and the authorities of the okrug, their grandeur and the hardness
of the spiritual foundations. It reflects the beauty of the northern sky and
the many waters that wash the region.
The reindeer is a symbol of kindness, nobility, purity of
thoughts and intentions, and most importantly of immortality - eternity, a
symbol of human life and activity. In ancient legends, a deer is immortal and
lives forever. The image of a deer in heraldry is a symbol of goodness, which
is emphasized by the silver color, indicating purity, grandeur and nobleness.
A silver polar star indicates the geographic location
of the region.
The crown is a golden ornamented diadem with seven
points (five on the front side of the hoop); the middle point is crested with
a golden flame.
indicates the status of a state of the district. It corresponds to the
governorate’s crown of 1730 but the
middle point is ornamented not with a leaf, but with a flame, which symbolizes
the modern main industries and the natural wealth of the subsoil (oil and
gas). The national rafter-ornament was
engraved on the diadem, symbolizing respect to the traditions and spiritual
culture of the indigenous population of the district.
Silver polar bears indicate, firstly, that they
belong to the Arctic region, and secondly, they are a symbol of international
unity, as well as strength, perseverance, respect, lack of treachery and the
fact that the residents of the district are friendly with nature and respect
Decree 26 09 2003
Article 2. Description of
the coat of arms of the Autonomous Okrug.
1. The coat of arms of the Autonomous Okrug consists of a heraldic
shield crowned with a crown, which is supported by two polar bears. In the
azure (blue) field of the heraldic shield there is a walking white (silver)
reindeer accompanied in the top and left by the Northern Star of four rays of
the same metal, of which the left is shorter than the others; the shield is
crowned with a traditional golden regional crown of a special kind with a
golden flame on the middle prong and having an azure hat; in the supports of
the shield are silver polar bears with scarlet mouths and black noses and
claws, standing on silver snow-covered ice floes connected by a blue ribbon,
on which an ornament corresponding to the white-blue-red horizontal pattern
of the flag of the autonomous okrug is reproduced.
2. Description of the crown: a gold ornamented hoop with seven visible
points (five on the front side of the hoop); the front (middle) point is
ornamented and completed with a golden image of a flame; the crown hoop is
3. Drawings of the coat of arms of the Autonomous Okrug in multi-color
and one-color versions are placed in Appendices 1 and 2 * to this Law.
4. The volumetric image of the coat of arms of the Autonomous Okrug in
a multi-color version is stored in the permanent exhibition of the State
Institution "Yamalo-Nenets District Museum and Exhibition Complex named
after I. Shemanovsky."
Y-N District Museum
Article 3. The official
interpretation of the coat of arms of the Autonomous Okrug.
1. The emblem of the Autonomous Okrug designed according to the
established heraldic rules, is a kind of monument to the continuity of the
history and culture of the region, it reflects its natural and climatic
features and the main focus of the indigenous population of the Autonomous
2. In the execution of the coat of arms of the Autonomous Okrug, four
main heraldic colors are used: blue, white (silver), red, and also the color
of gold, which symbolize the following:
blue - a symbol of
greatness, creation, beauty, the color of the sky and water (sea, rivers,
white (silver) - a
symbol of purity, kindness, rebirth, independence, bright thoughts and
intentions, the color of white snows;
red - a symbol of
life and unity;
gold is a symbol of
power, wealth, justice, generosity. Gold in the coat of arms of the
Autonomous Okrug allegorically shows the unique northern nature, the
inexhaustible wealth of the bowels of the Autonomous Okrug.
3. The reindeer symbolizes the power and independence of the
The coat of arms is entered in the State Heraldry Register under No.
Used materials provided by M.V. Revnivtsev
The coat of arms was developed by Sergey Nikolaevich Kharyuchi in
cooperation withYuri Neyelov
Management of the MVD for the
Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District
Emblems of the Department of the Interior (UMVD) in the Yamal-Nenets
Coat of arms
Arms: Azure, a reindeer Argent, in sinister chie a
Crest: The achievement
of the MVD
Motto: On a blue ribbon «СЛУЖИМ
ЗАКОНУ». (Service of Russia, service
of the law) in golden lettering
Arms The arms of the
Crest: The achievement
of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD).
Motto: A blue ribbon with
a golden inscription: “СЛУЖИМ РОССИИ, СЛУЖИМ ЗАКОНУ” (Service of
Russia, service of the law).
Badge size 46x30 mm
2012, the motto of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs “СЛУЖА ЗАКОНУ - СЛУЖИМ НАРОДУ” (Service to the law - service to
the people) was written on the ribbon of the coat of arms and on the ribbon
of the badge.
of the shield indicates that the emblem is a coat of arms of a territorial
body of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.
shield of the coat of arms has the shape of the cockade on the headdresses of
police officers of the early twentieth century. It denotes the continuity of
generations of law enforcement advocates.
are of the flag of the Republic of Yamal-Nenets, borrowed from the coat of
arms of the A.O..
© Hubert de Vries 2019-11-05