Decades of peasants' slavery in
Pugachev and his cossacks
were joined by peasant slaves (many historians call them serfs but that is
wrong), miners, brigands and military deserters. The rebellion spread rapidly
over a large area of East European
Flags of “the Pugachevians”:
Keeping in mind that the shade of the red color could have changed as the time was running by, I dare assuming that in 1773 the red flag bearing the black Russian Orthodox cross with silver outline, could have looked like this:
This flag has been clearly displayed in an old Russian movie called “The Captain’s Daughter” based on the classical novel by Alexander Pushkin. The novel and the movie were describing some events that took place during that rebellion. I dare reconstructing that flag as well due to the fact that in communist Russia the movie industry was not sparing money on historical consultants (at least in the cases when they were allowed to make historical movies =).