February 18, five stamps dedicated to Gatchina, Grozny, Petrozavodsk, Staraya Russa and Feodosia have been issued as a continuation of the Cities of Military Glory series

A City of Military Glory is an honorary title of the Russian Federation conferred to cities for “courage, endurance and mass heroism displayed by the defenders of the city in fighting for freedom and independence of the Motherland”. A statute on condition and procedure of awarding the title is approved by the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation no 1340 dated 1 December 2006. The honorary title of the “City of Military Glory” continues a USSR tradition of awarding cities a title of the “Hero City”, the highest form of recognition.

This issue continues the Cities of Military Glory series, which has been running since 2009. Nowadays, there are 45 cities in the Russian Federation, which are awarded this honorary title, and now every one of them is immortalized on a postal miniature. The total circulation of the stamps issued has amounted to approximately 4 million copies.

The postage stamps features cartouches dedicated to feats of arms of Motherland defenders, WWII military equipment and weapons used in combat in the given cities or in close vicinity to them.

- М-30 artillery rocket launching system;
- Т-26 light tank (twin-turreted);
- SU-76M self-propelled artillery gun.

- Ilyushin DB-3 bomber, the and an;
- 107 mm M1938 mortar;
- Armored train 717.

- Polikarpov I-15 bis fighter aircraft;
- BM-13N rocket artillery launcher vehicle;
- 280 mm M1939 mortar (Br-5).

Staraya Russa
- Antonov A-7 transport aircraft (glider);
- RF-8 / GAZ-98 aerosani (snowmobile);
- BA-10 medium armored car.

- Tupolev MTB-2 (ANT-44) seaplane;
- SU-152 self-propelled artillery gun;
- BKA-1124 motorboat.

Additionally, FSUE PTC “Marka” has manufacture a first day postmarks for Gatchina (Leningrad Oblast), Grozny, Moscow, Petrozavodsk, St Petersburg, Staraya Russa (Novgorod Oblast) and Feodosia (Republic of Crimea).

Design: V. Beltyukov.
Face value: 20 RUB.
Size of stamps: 37×37 mm, size of sheets: 125×88 mm.
Form of issue: sheet of 5 (3×2) stamps and a coupon.
Circulation: 75,000 stamps (75,000 sheets).

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