May 4, a postage stamp dedicated the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx, philosopher and economist
Karl Heinrich Marx (1818–1883) was an outstanding German thinker, philosopher, sociologist, public person, economist and political journalist. The history of the 19th
century was strongly influenced by his ideas.
Karl Marx was born on 5 May 1818 in Trier (the Rhine Province). Marx studied at the University of Bonn to continue his education at the University of Berlin. He showed interest in history and Hegel studies. In 1841 he got an external degree from the university, defended a thesis which awarded him his PhD. In 1842 Marx started working in Rhineland News (Rhinische Zeitung)
as a journalist and then editor.
Being a member of the League of the Just, an international secret organization, Karl Marx together with Friedrich Engels wrote The Communist Manifesto
In the 1850s Karl Marx began working on the new economic theory of his own which was published in 1867 as the first volume of Das Kapital
. The second and the third volumes were released by Engels after his comrade’s death in 1885 and 1895. In 1864 Marx set up the International Workingmen’s Association (also known as the First International) that had great influence on the labour and socialist movement. In his last years Marx was actively engaged in starting proletarian political parties.
Karl Marx was the founding father of historical and dialectical materialism; the author of the surplus value theory in economics and class struggle theory in politics. In collaboration with Friedrich Engels, he developed a complete political, economic and philosophic methodology named after him Marxism.
The postage stamp depicts Karl Marx’s portrait sculpture.
In addition to the stamp, JSC Marka is to release an FDC and first day postmarks for Moscow.
Design: S. Ulyanovsky.
Face value: 27 RUB.
Size of stamp: 50×37 mm; size of sheet: 170×175 mm.
Form of issue: sheets with illustrated margins of 12 (3×4) stamps.
Circulation: 264 thousand stamps (22 thousand sheets).
May 7, a postage stamp and an envelope with a commemorative stamp dedicated to the inauguration of Vladimir Putin as the President of the Russian Federation is to be put into circulation
18 March 2018 Vladimir Putin won the Presidential election.
The President of the Russian Federation is the head of state and guarantor of the Constitution, human and civil rights and freedoms. The President is elected directly for a six-year term through universal and equal suffrage by secret ballot.
The inauguration of the President of the Russian Federation is a solemn ceremony to mark the beginning of the state leader’s term of office. The event is held in the Grand Kremlin Palace.
During the official ceremony the President publicly takes his oath to office in front of the Federation Council members, State Duma MPs and the Russian Constitutional Court judges. There is also a certain number of insignia required for the ceremony and determined by the President. These are the Chain of Office, his Standard (flag) and a special copy of the Constitution that the President is sworn in on. After the oath of office the state leader delivers an obligatory speach to his citizens. At the end of the ceremony the President walks into the Cathedral Square in the Moscow Kremlin to review a parade of the Presidential Regiment.
The postage stamp features the Saviour Tower of the Moscow Kremlin and a commemorative inscription.
In addition to the stamp, JSC Marka is to release an FDC and first-day postmarks for Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
Design: S. Ulyanovsky.
Face value: 22 RUB.
Size of stamp: 37×37 mm, size of souvenir sheet: 69×69 mm, size of sheet: 169×169 mm.
Form of issue: souvenir sheet with 1 stamp, sheet with illustrated margins of 9 (3×3) stamps.
Circulation: 252 thousand copies (28 thousand sheets), 3 thousand souvenir sheets.
The envelope with a commemorative stamp features the Presidential Standard, a commemorative inscription and a panoramic view of the Kremlin and city.
In addition to the envelope with a commemorative stamp, JSC Marka is to produce a special cancellation postmark for Moscow.
Design: S. Ulyanovsky.
Circulation: 3000 copies.
May 7, an envelope with a commemorative stamp dedicated to the 100th birth anniversary of Vasily Revyakin, head of the Sevastopol underground anti-fascist organization, is to be put into circulation as part of the “75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945” series
Vasily Dmitriyevich Revyakin (1918-1944) was the head of an underground anti-fascist organization, participant in the Great Patriotic War, posthumous Hero of the Soviet Union (1965).
He entered the Great Patriotic War at the Southern Front and took part in the defence of Odessa and Sevastopol as a soldier of the 18th
Guards Artillery Red Banner Regiment. In March 1943 Revyakin set up the first underground anti-fascist groups in the city. In a short while his most powerful underground organization in Crimea included 120 members and dozens of active supporters. The members committed sabotage actions at the city plants and factories, at the sea port and in the railway station. Later on Vasily Revyakin managed to establish connection with the Crimean partisans and Black Sea Fleet intelligence officers. In March 1944 Revyakin was arrested, tortured and shot by the Nazis on 14 April.
Vasily Dmitriyevich Revyakin was posthumously awarded the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union on 8 May 1965 for the establishment and management of the underground anti-fascist organization in Sevastopol during the Great Patriotic War, for his outstanding merits, courage and valour shown in the fight against the Nazi German invaders.
The envelope with a commemorative stamp depicts Vasily Revyakin’s portrait and the emblem of the 75th
Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945.
In addition to the envelope with a commemorative stamp, JSC Marka is to produce a special cancellation postmark for Sevastopol.
Design: R. Komsa (illustration); A. Moskovets (emblem).
Circulation: 1 million.
May 8, a postage stamp dedicated to the Battle of the Caucasus is to be put into circulation as part of the Way to the Victory series
The Battle of the Caucasus (25 July1942 – 9 October 1943) was a series of military operations of the Nazi German, Romanian and Slovakian troops against the USSR for control over the Caucasus during the Great Patriotic War. The battle had two stages: the German offensive (25 July – 31 December 1942), when the German and Romanian forces reached the foothills of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range and the Terek River, and captured the major part of Kuban and the North Caucasus by autumn 1942. The second stage was the Soviet counterattack (1 January – 9 October 1943) which resulted in the complete liberation of the Krasnodar Region, Kalmykia, Chechen-Ingushetia, North Ossetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Rostove Oblast, Stavropol Region, Karachay-Cherkessia and Adygeya, which gained back access to the Maykop oilfields and most import agricultural regions of the country.
Large-scale aerial fights of the Soviet aviation against the Luftwaffe in April – June 1943 over the lower Kuban River, the Taman Peninsula and Novorossiysk formed a most significant stage of the Battle for the Caucasus. The victory strengthened the southern flank of the Soviet-German front, and a close interaction between the Soviet land forces, aviation, sea fleet and partisans was established.
The postage stamp features a bas-relief with a group of Soviet soldiers fighting in the Caucasus Region during the Great Patriotic War.
In addition to the postage stamp, JSC Marka is to release an FDC and first-day postmarks for Moscow and Nalchik.
Design: S. Ulyanovsky.
Face value: 41 RUB.
Size of stamp: 65×32.5 mm, size of sheet: 180×180 mm.
Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins of 7 (2×4) stamps and a coupon.
Circulation: 161 thousand (23 thousand sheets).
May 8, an envelope with a commemorative stamp dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the football match between Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Stalingrad is to be put into circulation as part of the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945 series
The Dynamo – Spartak Moscow match was a friendly game that took place on 2 May 1943 in the liberated Stalingrad.
The idea of the match was to create a festive mood for the people and to show that the city was getting back to its normal fully-fledged life. Spartak Moscow, a leading national team, was invited to the game to give the event a higher profile.
Many footballers were among the defenders of Stalingrad, such as Vasily Ermasov, the local Torpedo goalkeeper. After the Battle he was assigned Secretary General of the Dynamo Regional Council to form a team for the game against Spartak. He personally entered the field as a goalkeeper. Another WWII participant, Konstatin Belikov was the team captain. The famous footballers playing for Spartak were goalkeeper Anatoly Akimov, defenders Serafim Kholodkov, Vasily and Viktor Sokolovs, halfbacks Oleg Timakov and Konstantin Malinin, strikers Georgy Glazkov and Boris Smyslov.
Despite Spartak’s fierce attacks, the Stalingrad team won 1:0. Alexander Moiseyev scored the goal by handsomely picking the corner.
The match sparked great interest. The Azot Stadium was overcrowded, it hosted about 10 000 spectators – three times its admission capacity. The territory around the stadium had been cleared of land mines, the trench shelters had been transformed into changing rooms.
The envelope with a commemorative stamp features the emblem of the 75th
Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945; the main image depicts footballers at play during the match.
In addition to the envelope with a commemorative stamp, JSC Marka is to produce a special cancellation postmark for Volgograd.
Design: R. Komsa; emblem: А. Moskovets
Circualtion: 1 million.
May 10, eight stamps dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ participating teams are to be put into circulation
Officially, 32 teams from all around the world will take part in 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. After series of qualification games were played in each confederation (Asia, Africa, North-, Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Europe and Oceania), several best national teams were selected to participate in the final tournament.
The postage stamps feature the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Official Logo and Emblems, footballers at play; each of the stamps depicts a group of four participating teams with their national flags.
In addition to the postage stamps, JSC Marka is to release FDCs and special cancellation postmarks for 12 cities, as well as a presentation pack in an illustrated cover with a mini sheet and FDCs with cancellation for Moscow.
Design: О. Shushlebina, Е. Plotnikova.
Face value: 40 RUB.
Size of stamp: 42×30 mm, size of sheet: 104×153 mm.
Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins of 8 (2×4) stamps, miniature sheet.
Circulation: 440 thousand stamps of each value (55 thousand sheets, 295 thousand mini sheets).
May 16, two postage stamps dedicated to flowers are to be put into circulation within the framework of a joint issue between the Russian Federation and Japan
2018 is the Russian-Japanese bilateral year aiming at further development and strengthening of relations between the two countries.
Russia and Japan are famous for their wonderful natural word with many varieties of interesting and beautiful vegetable life.
The chrysanthemum is Japan’s top flower named after the sun that the Japanese, according to a legend, are believed to trace history to. Chrysanthemums can be found in the national symbols. It has allegedly been considered the Japanese Emperors’ emblem since the 7th
century. The flower is also depicted on the Order of Chrysanthemum established is 1888, which is acknowledged to be the highest and most honorary national award.
Sakura (cherry blossom) is a tree of the rose family, genus Prunus
. Most of these trees perform a decorative function: they blossom with no fruit. There are 16 species and over 400 varieties of sakura. The blooming of sakura is celebrated in Japan on the national level: the opening ceremony of “Hanami” (“Contemplation of flowers”)
is held at Shinjuku, Tokyo central park, and is attended by the Imperial Family members.
The camomile has from time immemorial been a symbol of Russia’s nature. Leucanthemum vulgare
is widely known as the oxeye daisy. This tender snow-white flower is considered a sun symbol and blooms throughout the summer. It can be found in European Russia, Crimea, in the Caucasus and Siberia.
is literally translated from Greek as a “rose tree”. Rhododendrons are very air humidity-demanding, thus they prefer mountainsides. For this reason, thirteen out of eighteen species growing in Russia are found in a monsoon climate of the Far East. The colour of its petals varies from rose to purple.
Postage stamps feature flowers wrapped in ribbons of the national colours: a chrysanthemum and cherry blossom on the Japanese part, and leucanthemum vulgare
and rhododendron dauricum
on the Russian part.
In addition to the postage stamps, JSC Marka is to issue an FDC and special cancellation postmark for Moscow, as well as a presentation pack in an illustrated cover with stamps of both countries, FDCs with cancellation for Moscow inside.
Layout: А. Povarikhin.
Face value: 27 RUB.
Size of stamp: 30×42 mm, size of sheet: 166×145 mm.
Form of issue: sheet of illustrated margins of 14 (3×5) stamps and a coupon.
Circulation: 196 stamps of each value (28 thousand sheets).
May 17, four postage stamps dedicated to the Russian beekeeping history are to be put into circulation
Beekeeping is an agricultural branch dealing with bee raising for honey, bee wax and other products, as well as for pollination of agricultural crops for yield enhancement.
Our country environmental conditions have contributed to significant development of this agricultural branch.
The postage stamps feature different bee farming methods: wild, wild-hive, box hive and frame beekeeping.
In addition to the postage stamps, JSC Marka is to release an FDC, first day postmarks for Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and a souvenir set in an illustrated cover with cancelled FDCs and a poster stamp.
Design: V. Beltyukov.
Face value: 40 RUB each stamp.
Size of stamps: 42×49 mm, size of sheet: 99×110 mm.
Circulation: 50 sheets of four stamps.
May 25, a souvenir sheet dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Russian police is to be put into circulation
The history of the Russian police dates back to 1718 when Peter the Great instituted the office of the General Chief of Police of St Petersburg and appointed aide-de-camp general Count Anton Manuilovich Devier to that position. He wrote thirteen points in his own hand, which determined the scope of duties of the city’s police.
Later, police force was created in other cities of the Russian Empire.
One of the most important institutions of state authority, the police has traveled a long development path over the last three centuries, always remaining a pillar of civil order and public security, as well as the main force countering crime.
Not all periods of the history of Russian police are thoroughly studied and covered. Our duty is to fill those gaps, and to return the earned glory, broad fame and memory to many outstanding public officials and police officers by means of science, education and propaganda. The list comprises Viktor Kochubey, the first Minister for Internal Affairs; aide-de-camp general Aleksandr Balashov, the first Minister for Police and Patriotic War participant; as well Ivan Putilin, Arkadiy Koshko and Vladimir Filippov, founders of criminal investigation.
The Soviet militia has a proud history, the officers of which heroically fought on the front, countered sabotage and reconnaissance groups, provided security of logistics and transport facilities during the Great Patriotic War, and administered the law in the country at time of peace.
Russian police of the 21st
century is a powerful and effective part of the state’s law enforcement having special weapons and equipment, modern methods of solving crimes, and highly qualified personnel in its arsenal. Along with that, the current generation of officers of internal affairs agencies holds true to the best traditions of the police, and enriches them by professionalism and bona fide service.
The souvenir sheet depicts a painting by А. Shumeyko – Announcement of Peter I Decree on Appointment of A.M. Devier as the General Chief of Police of St Petersburg
(2015) stored at the V. Vereshagin Art Studio of the Interior Ministry of Russia.
In addition of the stamp, JSC Marka is to release an FDC and a special cancellation postmark for Moscow.
Design: А. Povarikhin.
Face value: 95 RUB.
Size of stamp: 50×50 mm, size of sheet: 85×70 mm.
Circulation: 50 thousand souvenir sheets.
May 25, five envelopes with a commemorative stamp dedicated to N. Arkharov, F. Ertel, I. Putilin, V. Filippov, A. Koshko are to be put into circulation as part of the Outstanding Figures of the Russian Police series
Nikolai Petrovich Arkharov (1742–1814)
was an infantry general, chief of Moscow, Saint Petersburg and some other Governorates. He was a legend of the Russian criminal investigation.
Fyodor Fyodorovich Ertel (1768–1825)
was a Russian general of Prussian descent, a military commander at the Patriotic War of 1812, Moscow and Saint Petersburg head police master.
Ivan Dmitriyevich Putilin (1830–1893)
was the chief of the criminal investigation police in Saint Petersburg.
Vladimir Gavrilovich Filippov (1863–1923)
was an important figure at law-enforcement agencies of the Russian Empire, the chief of the criminal investigation police in Saint Petersburg in 1903–1915, actual state councillor in 1913.
Arkady Franzevich Koshko (1867–1928)
was a criminalist, detective and actual state councillor. The chief of Moscow criminal investigation police, he then supervised the entire criminal investigation of the Russian Empire. When he left Russia he became a memoir writer.
The envelopes with a commemorative stamp features the emblem of the 300th
anniversary of the Russian police and portraits of N. Arkharov, F. Ertel, I. Putilin, V. Filippov, A. Koshko.
In addition to the envelopes with a commemorative stamp, JSC Marka is to produce a special cancellation postmark for Moscow.
Design: М. Bodrova.
Circulation: 1 million copies of each value.
May 29, two souvenir sheets dedicated to Novosibirsk Oblast and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug are to be put into circulation as part of the Coats of Arms of the Constituent Entities and Cities of the Russian Federation series
The postage stamps feature the coats of arms of Novosibirsk and Salekhard, the illustrated margins depict the coats of arms of Novosibirsk Oblast, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug and a map of the Russian Federation.
In addition to the souvenir sheets, JSC Marka is to produce FDCs and special cancellation postmarks for Moscow, Novosibirsk and Salekhard.
Design: А. Moskovets.
Face value: 70 RUB.
Size of souvenir sheet: 90×60 mm, size of stamp on the sheet: 30×42 mm.
Circulation: 45 thousand of each value.