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Coat of arms of Russia
Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation
Basic info
Armiger Russian Federation
Adopted November 30, 1993
Escutcheon Gules, a double-headed Imperial Eagle displayed, twice imperially crowned, grasping in the dexter claw an imperial sceptre, and in the sinister claw an imperial orb, all Or. In chief another larger imperial crown with issuant and pendent therefrom a ribbon of the Order of St. Andrew the First-Called, also Or.

The Imperial Eagle is charged on the breast with an escutcheon: Gules, an image of St. George Martyr the Victorious in complete armour Argent, wearing a flying cloak Azure, riding a horse in full gallop Argent; the latter treading upon a dragon crawling in base Or, whose head the rider is piercing through with a spear Argent.

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The coat of arms of the Russian Federation (Герб России, Gerb Rossii), adopted in 1993, is derived from the coat of arms of the Russian Empire (abolished during the Russian Revolution of 1917). Although modified a lot of times since the reign of Ivan III (1462 - 1505), the current arms is directly derived from the medieval original, with the double-headed eagle having Byzantine and earlier antecedents from long before the emergence of any Russian state. The shape of the eagle can be traced back during the time of Peter I (1682–1725), but the eagle charge on the arms is golden rather than the traditional, imperial black.

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