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The Saami, now a very small minority, are the indigenous people of the region. However, Russians started exploring the shores of the White Sea as early as in the 12th century. However, the city of Murmansk,, was founded only in 1916.

The okrug Murmansk was established on 1 August 1927, when the All-Russian Central Executive Committee  issued two Resolutions: "On the Establishment of Leningrad Oblast" and "On the Borders and Composition of the Okrugs of Leningrad Oblast". According to these resolutions, Murmansk Governorate (1921-1927) was transformed into Murmansk Okrug and included into Leningrad Oblast together with eight other okrugs, The okrug was not contiguous with the rest of Leningrad Oblast and was separated from it by the territory of the Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.

Upon the transformation, the administrative structure of the okrug was also changed. Instead of the nine volosts into which Murmansk Governorate was divided, the territory of the okrug was divided into six districts.


The oblast was established on 28 May 1938 from Murmansk Okrug of Leningrad Oblast (comprising the city of Murmansk, Kirovsky, Kolsky, Lovozersky, Polyarny, Saamsky, Teribersky, and Tersky Districts) and Kandalakshsky District of the Karelian ASSR. The area of Pechengsky District (Petsamo in Finnish), which was ceded to Finland by the 1920 Treaty of Tartu and gave Finland access to the Barents Sea, was recaptured by the Soviet Union in 1940. After the Paris Peace Treaties of 1947, the local Saami population was given the choice either of staying in Soviet Russia or resettling in Finland. Most of them chose the second option. On 30 October 1997, Murmansk, alongside Astrakhan, Kirov, Ulyanovsk, and Yaroslavl signed a power-sharing agreement with the government of Russia, granting it autonomy. The agreement would be abolished on 31 May 2003.




Arms: Gules, a pick axe and a sword in saltire Argent, intertwined with an anchor per pale Or. And a chief Azure an aurora borealis of a triple arc Or.

Adopted 01.07.2004


The northern lights symbolize the location of the Murmansk region beyond the Arctic Circle.

The Anchor - a symbol of navigation, fishing.

The Pickaxe is a symbol of the mining industry.

The sword is a symbol of armed forces and military glory.

Blue (Azure) is a symbol of beauty and greatness.

Scarlet (Gules) is a symbol of courage and strength.

Gold  (Or) is a symbol of wealth.

Silver (Argent) is a symbol of purity.


Approved by Law of the Murmansk Region dated 1 July 2004 No. 491-01-ЗМО “On the Coat of Arms and Flag of the Murmansk Region”; Changes to the description of the coat of arms were introduced by the Law of the Murmansk Region dated 30 September 2004 No. 501-01-ЗМО “On Amendments and Additions to the Law of the Murmansk Region: On the Coat of Arms and Flag of the Murmansk Region”.


The coat of arms is the result of a competition held in 2004 for the creation of the flag and coat of arms of the Murmansk region. The winner of the competition was Petr Abarin, an artist from Severomorsk.


State Herdalry Register ГГР РФ: № 1500


Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Murmansk region



Emblems of the Department of the Interior (UMVD) in the Murmansk region


Coat of arms

Arms: Arms: Gules, a pick axe and a sword in saltire Argent, intertwined with an anchor per pale Or. And a chief Azure an aurora borealis of a triple arc Or.

Crest: The achievement of the MVD

Motto: On a blue ribbon «СЛУЖИМ РОССИИ, СЛУЖИМ ЗАКОНУ». (Service of Russia, service of the law) in golden lettering

Нагрудный знак УМВД по Мурманской области

Breast badge

Arms The arms of the larger emblem

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





The inscription on the ribbon “WE SERVE RUSSIA, WE SERVE THE LAW!” is the motto of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.

Until 2012, a small emblem operated, and on the slogan ribbon of a large emblem and on a ribbon on a badge was written the previous motto of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs “SERVICE TO THE LAW - SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE”:


Banner (Reverse)

Awarded on 9 April 2015 in Murmansk at the memorial complex to the Defenders of the Arctic who died during the years of Great Patriotic War. By Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation A. Guest


Translated and edited from: https://geraldika.ru/symbols/7311


Riot Police (OMON)

in the Murmansk region (Murmansk)


Located in the city of Murmansk. from 2011. Title from 2011: Special Forces Police Unit (OMON).


The emblems of the Riot POlice in the Murmansk Region









Arms: Gules, a polar bears’ head proper; and a chief Azure an aurora borealis of a triple arc Or.

Crest: The achievement of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.

Supporters: Two swords in saltire, hilts in chief Argent

Motto: ЗАКОН И ЧЕСТЪ (Law and Honor) in silver script on a blue ribbon.


GGR of the Russian Federation: No. 5398


The achievement as before, the ribbon with the motto  having a triangular shape


Size 30 ´ 46 mm.






GGR of the R.F: No. 5399

Smaller emblem

The arms with the suporters only


Translated and edited from: https://geraldika.ru/symbols/5077



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