Any Russian mayor worth his salt knows that the best way to attract investment (and perhaps divert a few million roubles into a Swiss bank account) is to commission a jazzy new logo for his city. The success of this policy is evident in the global fame of cities like Yaroslavl and Ulyanovsk.

But these brand-conscious bureaucrats are missing a trick by overlooking the riches under their noses — and on their flagpoles. For, already fluttering above Russia’s provincial towns are a parade of bizarre banners and strange symbols that put the focus-group faffing of modern-day logo-mongers to shame.

To celebrate Russia's off-beat heraldic heritage, we've put together a little quiz: can you tell which of these 14 flags is genuine, and which we've cobbled together on Photoshop?

Let’s have fun with flags!

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