May 24, two postage stamps dedicated to Nicholas Krasnoff’s, a Russian painter, works have been issued as part of the joint issue of Malta and Russia


Diplomatic relations between Malta and the Soviet Union were established on 19 July 1967. Malta officially recognized Russia as the successor state of the Soviet Union in December 1991. Maltese-Russian relations are traditionally friendly. The states maintain political contacts, parliamentary dialog and draw up bilateral documents.

Art is the theme of the joint postage stamp issue. Nicholas Krasnoff (1864–1939) was an Academician of Architecture, artist and the chief architect author of the city of Yalta (1887–1899). He was the project designer of the the Livadia Palace and many buildings in the Crimea, which was unified with Russia in 1914.

Nicholas Krasnoff contributed to the history of the Maltese-Russian relations. In 1920–1922, he lived in Malta with his family, where he taught pictorial art and took up water-color painting. The artist also made several sketches of Maltese stamps.

The postage stamps feature fragments of such paintings as Dulber from the Yalta Historical and Literature Museum and View from Vittoriosa Gate from the National Museum of Fine Arts of Malta.

Additionally, FSUE PTC “Marka” will manufacture an illustrated cover with Maltese and Russian stamps and first day covers with cancellations inside.

Design: O. Shushlebina.
Face value: 21 RUB.
Size of stamp: 37×50 mm, size of sheet: 168×170 mm.
Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins of 10 (4×3) stamps and 2 coupons.
Circulation: 200,000 stamps (40,000 sheets).

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