Emissions of state valuable postal matter in February

On February 2, four stamps with images of medals will go into postal circulation in continuation of the State Awards of the Russian Federation series 

State awards of the Russian Federation are the highest form of encouraging nationals for prominent services to the Homeland defense, state-building, economy, science, culture, art, upbringing, education, protection of citizens’ health, life and rights, charity activities and other services to the state.
The state awards are instituted and awarded by the President of the Russian Federation.

Medal For Distinguished Service in Defending Public Order, instituted in 1994.
Medal For Distinguished Service in Defending Public Order is awarded to officers of Internal Affairs agencies of the Russian Federation, penitentiary system, military servicemen and other citizens for merits in defending public order and fight against offences.

Medal For Distinguished Service in Guarding the State Border, instituted in 1994.
Medal For Distinguished Service in Guarding the State Border is awarded to military servicemen of the Federal Security Service and other citizens for feats of arms and special merits in the protection of the state border of the Russian Federation.

Medal For Life Saving, instituted in 1994.
Medal For Life Saving is awarded to citizens for rescuing people during natural disasters, on the water, underground, when extinguishing fires and under other life risk bearing circumstances.

Medal For Courage in a Fire, instituted in 2018.
Medal For Courage in a Fire is awarded to the staff of the Federal Fire-Fighting Service, military servicemen and citizens of the Russian Federation as well as foreign citizens for courage and valiance shown when extinguishing fires, saving people from fire and in emergency recovery operations.

In addition to the issue of the postal stamps, JSC Marka will produce First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow, St. Petersburg, Volgograd and Sevastopol, as well as an illustrated envelope with four postal stamps and a First Day Cover with a cancel for Moscow inside.

Design: I. Ulyanovsky.
Face value: 60 rubles. 
Stamp size: 37×50 mm, sheet size: 140×178 mm.
Emission form: sheets with formatted margins (3×3) with 8 stamps and a coupon.
Quantity: 88 thousand each stamp (11 thousand each sheet).


On February 17, postal stamps dedicated to Andrey V. Dneprovsky and Stanislav N. Morozov will go into postal circulation in the Heroes of the Russian Federation series 

Andrey V. Dneprovsky (1971–1995), was a Deputy Commander of a Pacific Fleet Special Forces team of the Russian Naval Fleet, Warrant Officer.
By the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of December 1, 1995, for courage and heroism displayed during the performance of a special assignment, Warrant Officer Andrey V. Dneprovsky was awarded the Title of Hero of the Russian Federation (posthumously). 

Stanislav N. Morozov (1958–2007) was the Commander of the 245th Guards Motor Rifle Regiment, Colonel.
By the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of September 12, 1996, for courage and heroism displayed during the performance of a special assignment, Guards Colonel Stanislav N. Morozov was awarded the Title of Hero of the Russian Federation.

The postal stamps provide portraits of the Heroes of the Russian Federation and an image of the Gold Star medal.

In addition to the issue of the postal stamps, JSC Marka will produce First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladikavkaz and Kemerovo.

Design Artist: V. Beltyukov.
Face value: 36 rubles. 
Stamp size: 42×30 mm, sheet size: 104×112 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins (2×3) with 5 stamps and a coupon.
Quantity: 80 thousand each stamp (16 thousand each sheet).


On February 25, four stamps devoted to frogs will go into postal circulation in the Fauna of Russia series

Frogs constitute a group of animals of the order of tailless amphibians consisting of more than 400 species and distributed on nearly all continents; they prefer mainly fresh water ponds.
The 10 species of frogs that live on the territory of the Russian Federation are Asiatic grass frog, Iranian long-legged wood frog, laughing frog, moor frog, pool frog, Siberian wood frog, edible frog, grass frog, Hokkaido frog and black spotted frog.
The postal stamps provide images of a pool frog, Asiatic grass frog, Iranian long-legged wood frog and Siberian wood frog.

In addition to the issue of the postal stamps, JSC Marka will produce First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Irkutsk, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Stavropol, Khabarovsk and Novosibirsk, as well as maxi-cards and an illustrated envelope with four postal stamps, a label and a First Day Cover with a cancel for Moscow inside.

Design Artist: R. Komsa.
Face value: 56 rubles.
Stamp size: 42×30 mm, sheet size: 108×148 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with 8 (2×4) stamps.
Quantity: 60 thousand each stamp (30 thousand each sheet).


On February 25, a postcard with a commemorative stamp dedicated to the 100th Birth Anniversary of film animator Roman A. Kachanov will go into postal circulation 

Roman A. Kachanov (1921–1993) was one of the founders of the national stop action (3-D) animation. He was the cartoon-film director, scriptwriter and artistic director. Roman Kachanov was a People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1981) and laureate of the USSR State Prize (1982). 
Kachanov directed his first cartoon-film, The Old Man and the Crane, in 1958 in collaboration with director Anatoly Karanovich. A year later, they joinly produced a screen version of Nazim Hikmet’s Love Cloud, which received awards at international film festivals.
Roman Kachanov set off for independent activities as a director in 1960, having produced cartoon-film Little Masha and The Bear. Roman Kachanov worked primarily with the Puppet Film Association.
Roman Kachanov participated in the creation of more than 60 animated films. His films The Mitten, Crocodile Gena and The Mystery of the Third Planet have become recognized Russian and international animation classics.

The commemorative postal stamp provides a Roman Kachanov’s portarait against a filmstrip, palette knife, pencil and paintbrush; the main image shows a frame from cartoon film The Mitten (Soyuzmultfilm, 1967).

In addition to the issue of the postcard with a commemorative stamp, JSC Marka will produce special cancels for Moscow, St. Petersburg and Smolensk.

Design Artist: V. Khablovsky.
Quantity: 7.5 thousand cards. 


On February 28, a postal stamp dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of Russia’s accession to the Council of Europe membership will go into postal circulation

The Council of Europe is the oldest international political organization on the continent; it was founded in 1949.
Currently, it has 47 member states including 21 states of Central and Eastern Europe. The headquarters are in Strasbourg (France).
The Russian Federation joined the Council of Europe on February 28, 1996, and thereby became its 39th member state.
Since July 1996, the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe has been operating in Strasbourg.

The postal stamp provides an image of the map of the Council of Europe member countries and the inscription "25 years" in the colors of the official flag of Russia. 

In addition to the issue of the postal stamp, JSC Marka will produce First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as an illustrated envelope with the postal stamp and a First Day Cover with a cancel for Moscow inside.

Design Artist: I. Ulyanovsky.
Face value: 52 rubles.
Stamp size: 37×37 mm, sheet size: 131×138 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with 9 (3×3) stamps.
Quantity: 153 thousand stamps (17 thousand sheets).
 

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