Preview of stamps to be issued in March


On March 1, envelope with commemorative postage stamp "The 100th birth anniversary of A.S. Makarenko (1888-1939), teacher and writer" is issued

Anton Makarenko, receiving teacher education, in 1920, near Poltava organized "labor colony named after AM Bitter "for juvenile offenders. In 1927 he participated in the organization of child labor commune named after FE Dzerzhinsky in the village New Kharkov. For the first time in teaching practice is Makarenko started to use the methods of labor education: in the colony used agricultural labor and work in workshops, students worked in enterprises of the commune and were in high school.

His pedagogical experience and views Makarenko described in works of fiction "Pedagogical Poem" (1925-1935), "Flags on the towers" (1938), etc. After moving to Moscow (1937) Anton Semenovich mainly engaged in literary work and journalism: he wrote stories for children and young people, a number of pedagogical and literary articles.

The envelope with commemorative stamp depicts a portrait of A.S. Makarenko against his desk, the book "Pedagogical Poem", the photography of children who have been raised in the commune named after F.E. Dzerzhinsky.

Design: O. Ivanova.
Denomination: letter "A".
Circulation: 1 million copies.




On March 4, four postage stamps in a series “Flora of Russia. Cones of coniferous trees and shrubs” are issued.


Juniperus davurica is a procumbent shrub with branches covered with gray shell bark. Shoots are thin and tetrahedral. They are evergreen with needle-like and/or scale-like leaves.  The cones are usually single, globe-shaped, small (0.3–6 cm long), dark blue with warm grey raid. Juniperus davurica is widely distributed in North China, Yakutia, Transbaikalia, North Mongolia, Maritime Territory, Khabarovsk krai, Amur region.

Microbiota decussata is a monotypic genus of coniferous shrub in the cypress family Cupressaceae. It can be found on the slopes of Russian Far East. Epithet “decussate” is related to the disposition of scales of leaves and female cones. Microbiota decussate is listed in the Russian Red Book as a threatened species. 

Larix cajanderi is the most northern tree growing in these conditions. It is distributed in East of  the Lena River, in the basin its tributary the Aldan River, the littoral of the Sea of Okhotsk. It can be found in the basin of the Yana River, the Indirka River, the Kolyma River, the Anadyr River, the Penzhina River and also in Kamchatka. It can grow up to 800 years or more.

Siberian Spruce (Pícea obováta) is one of the most important species of Siberian woods. It grows from North Europe to Magadan region, in the Northland, Kazakhstan, the north of Mongolia, China (Northern Manchuria). As a rule, it usually grows as an accompanying species in mixed forests. It isn’t a fundamental forest forming tree.

Design: А. Povarikhin.

Denomination: 15 rub.

Size of stamp: 36х28 mm, size of sheet: 99,3х151,7 mm.

Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins of 8 (2х4) peel and stick stamps.

Circulation: 110 thousand copies of stamps (55 thousand sheets).


On March 5, souvenir sheet within the frameworks of the Joint Issue of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Bulgaria “The 135th anniversary of the end of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878”


The war between Russia and Turkey begun as the result of the rise of the national liberation movement against Turkish domination in the Balkans and the aggravation of the international contradictions in the Middle East. Turkey tried to suppress the struggle for the independence of the Balkan nations, to maintain its military-feudal domination. The Russian government supported the liberation movement of these nations and also planned to restore the prestige and influence in the Balkans, undermined from the Crimean War, and to decide positively the issue on the freedom navigation through the Bosporus Strait.

In summer of 1877 the most heroic episode of the Russian-Turkish war began – the defense of the Shipka Pass during which the Russian military leader M.D. Skobelev distinguished himself. With a decisive attack he battered the forces of the Turkish army. In February 1878 Skobelev’s detachment occupied San Stefano where on February 20, 1878 the Treaty of San Stefano was signed on favorable terms for Russia This treaty also brought the liberation of Bulgaria from the 500 years of Ottoman yoke. Due to his successful actions Skobelev won great popularity in Bulgaria and Russia.

The souvenir sheet depicts a fragment of the picture of N.D. Dmitriev-Orenburgsky "The General M.D. Skobelev on a horse" (1883) from the collection of the Irkutsk Regional Art Museum named after V.P. Sukachev.

Design: A. Povarikhin.
Denomination: 35 rubles.
Size of souvenir sheet: 68х92 mm, size of stamp in the souvenir sheet: 30x42 mm.
Circulation: 75 thousand copies.
The illustrated cover is prepared to issue inside of which there is a souvenir sheet (issues: the Russian Federation, the Republic of Bulgaria) and FDC with cancellations

On March 14, postage stamp V.S. Chernomyrdin “Full Cavalier of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland” (1938-2012) is issued



Viktor Stepanovich Chernomyrdin is an outstanding statesman, public figure and diplomat. He was the Minister of Gas Industry and the first Chairman of the Board of the State Gas Concern "Gazprom". He was also Minister of Russia, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Ukraine. He was a Presidential Advisor of the Russian Federation, Special Representative of the President on economic cooperation with the CIS member states.

V.S. Chernomyrdin was awarded the Orders of Merit for the Fatherland of I, II, III and IV degrees.

The postage stamp depicts a portrait of V.S. Chernomyrdin, a sing and Star of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland of I degree.

The illustrated cover is prepared to the issue, inside of it there is a sheet of stamps and the FDC with cancellations.

Design: R. Comsa

Denomination: 15 rubles.

Size of stamp: 42х30 mm, size of sheet: 146х170 mm.

Form of issue: sheet of (3х5) 14 stamps and coupon.

Circulation: 392 thousand copies (28 thousand sheets).



On March 22, envelope with commemorative stamp “The 100th birth anniversary of  N.V. Bogoslovsky (1943-2004), composer, the People’s Artist of the USSR” is issued


Nikita Vladimirovich Bogoslovsky is one of the most outstanding domestic composers, conductors, pianists and men of letters. He is the People’s Artist of the USSR (1983). Bogoslovsky composed symphonic and chamber music, compositions for the musical theatre, song and soundtracks of films and animations, variety and radio shows,

Since 1937 Bogoslovsky has taken an active part in movies, he has written more than 300 songs: “I Dreamed of You Three Years” (movie “A Major Life”), “Lovely city” (movie “Fighters”), “Dark night”, “Scows Full of Mullet” (movie “Two Soldiers”). There are also the opera “Salt”, music lyric drama “The Show” and “A Woman Stranger”, musical comedy “Sea spread wide”, “Spring in Moscow”, “Eleven unknown persons”, symphonic novel “Vasily Terkin”

Bogoslovsky was an anchorman. He was elected as a member of the Composers’ Union of the USSR (1976-1980), a member of the Filmmakers' Union of the USSR (1981-1985), a member of the Union of theatrical figures.

The envelope with commemorative stamp depicts a portrait of N.V. Bogoslovsky and his facsimile are on the stamp and the composer at the piano is on the principal image.

Design: S. Ulianovsky.

Denomination: letter «А».

Circulation: 1 million copies.


On March 26, postage stamp “The 150th anniversary of the Obuhov Steel works” is issued.


The Obuhov Steel works was founded in 1863 as a steel mill, his main task was the production of ordnance weapons of military boats and fortresses

The dynamic development of the plant at the end of XIX century began with the producing of artillery, armor plates for ships, surgical, drawing and plumbing tools, shafts, gun barrels, torpedoes and mines.

Obukhov steel delivered to Germany and England, where it was appreciated for its quality and low prices. By 1913, the plant was considered as one of the leading steel works not only in Russia but also in Europe. During the war, the plant was producing guns, railway guns, artillery mounts and was repairing military equipments

At present, The Obukhov plant is a unique diversified engineering works specializing in products with mechanical, hydraulic, hydro mechanical and electromechanical actuators.

The stamp deals with the S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems against the background the Obukhov steel works panorama of 1912.

Design: А. Povarikhin.

Denomination: 15 rub.

Size of stamp: 37х37 mm.

Form of issue: sheet of  9 (3х3) postage stamps.

Circulation: 279 thousand copies  (31 thousand sheets).  

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