September 25, a postage stamp dedicated to Vladimir the Great, the Christianizer of Rus’, has been issued

Vladimir Sviatoslavich the Great (ca. 960–1015) was a prince of Novgorod (970–988) and grand prince of Kiev. He was an outstanding political figure and the one who Christianized the Kievan Rus’.

Vladimir’s reign marked a key period of state-building of the Orthodox Rus’. During his time in power, the Slavic lands were unified, state borders of Rurikids domain were chartered and Christianity became the main religion. Large-scale construction activity began under the rule of Vladimir – cities of Vladimir (990), Belgorod (991) and Pereslavl (992) were founded, the Church of St. Basil the Great and the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin (the Church of the Tithes) were built.

He was canonized as equal to the apostles, the natal day in Russian Orthodoxy is July 15 (28).

The stamp depicts a portrait of the Saint Vladimir the Great, the images of the baptism of the prince and Russia, as well as the old Russian military accessories and Orthodox worship attributes.

An illustrated cover will be prepared for the release with a postage stamp and an FDC with cancellation (Moscow) inside in addition to the issue.

Design: S. Ulyanovskiy
Face value: 21 RUB
Size of stamp: 65 × 32,5 mm; size of a souvenir sheet: 155 × 155 mm
Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins with 8 (2 × 4) stamps
Circulation: 320 thousand stamps of each subject (40 thousand sheets).

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