Emissions of state valuable postal matter in May

On May 7, two stamps dedicated to the Heroes of the Soviet Union, spouses A.F. Solomatin and L.V. Litvyak; S.I. Kharlamov and N.V. Popova will go into postal circulation

In 2021, the 100th Birth Anniversary of the Heroes of the Soviet Union, spouses A.F. Solomatin and L.V. Litvyak, S.I. Kharlamov and N.V. Popova is celebrated.
Alexey F. Solomatin (1921-1943) was the squadron commander of the 296 fighter aviation regiment of the 268 fighter aviation division of the Southern Front, first lieutenant. By February 1943, A. Solomatin committed 266 combat missions, held 108 air combats, crashed 12 enemy planes in person and 15 planes in the group. The Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of May 1, 1943, awarded first lieutenant Alexey F. Solomatin the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union for courage and valor manifested in battles with Nazi invaders.
Lydia V. Litvyak (1921-1943) was the flight commander of the 3 squadron of the 73 guards Stalingrad fighter aviation regiment of the Southern Front, guards second lieutenant. From August 1942, she committed 168 combat missions, crashed 11 enemy planes in person and 3 planes as part of a group in 89 air battles, and destroyed 2 spotting aerostats. The Decree of the President of the USSR of May 5, 1990, awarded guards second lieutenant Lydia V. Litvyak the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union for courage and heroism manifested in the struggle with Nazi invaders.
Semyon I. Kharlamov (1921-1990) was the squadron commander of the 163 fighter aviation regiment of the Belorussian Front, first lieutenant. He committed more than 575 combat missions, and shot down 4 enemy planes in person and 2 planes in the group in 85 air battles. The Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of February 23, 1945, awarded first lieutenant Semyon I. Kharlamov the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union for courage and heroism manifested in battles.
Nadezhda V. Popova (1921-2013) was the squadron second-in-command of the 46 guards night bomber aviation regiment of the Belorussian Front, guards first lieutenant. During the War, Nadezhda Popova committed 852 combat missions piloting the U-2 bomber for bombing enemy personnel and equipment. The Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of February 23, 1945, awarded guards first lieutenant Nadezhda V. Popova the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union for courage and heroism manifested in battles against Nazi invaders.

The postal stamps provide images of A.F. Solomatin and L.V. Litvyak; S.I. Kharlamov and N.V. Popova.

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

Design Artist: S. Ulyanovsky.
Face value: 40 rubles per each subject.
Stamp size: 50×37 mm, sheet size: 170×174 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with 12 (3×4) stamps.
Quantity: 132 thousand stamps (11 thousand sheets).

On May 11, four stamps dedicated to technological advancements of Russia correlated with the Year of science and technology will go into postal circulation

By the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation, the year of 2021 was declared the Year of Science and Technology. The stamps of 2021 present projects developed by Russian scientists.
Anthropomorphic robot FEDOR is a human-like rescue robot capable of recognizing words and generating replies. On August 22, 2019, Fedor took a flight in the central pilot seat of the Soyuz MS-14 space ship to the International Space Station.
An unmanned flying vehicle of the Cyclone project can carry load up to 20 kg while remaining unnoticed. The cycloplane is equipped with a hybrid propulsion system consisting of a gasoline motor with a generator and electric motors with accumulators.
Experimental robotic platform Marker is a joint project of the FPI National Center of Development of Technologies and Basic Elements of Robotics and NPO Android Technology. The Marker platform has a modular architecture and can be installed both on tracked and wheeled chassis. The armament is a 7.62-mm machine gun and two anti-tank guided missiles. The Marker platform can be operated either by a human or run under remote control.
Vityaz is a Russian autonomous uninhabited underwater apparatus. On May 8, 2020, it made a 10,028-m deep dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. During the dive, it performed surface mapping, photo- and video-surveying of the seafloor and fixed a pennant to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

The postal stamps provide images of anthropomorphic robot FEDOR, unmanned flying vehicle Cyclone, experimental robotic platform Marker, and autonomous uninhabited underwater apparatus Vityaz.

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

Design Artist: R. Komsa.
Face value: 24 rubles per each subject.
Stamp size: 37×37 mm, sheet size: 88×103 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with 4 (2×2) stamps.
Quantity: 110 thousand each stamp (110 thousand each sheet).

On May 12, stamp booklet 50th Anniversary of the Great Moscow State Circus on Vernadsky Avenue will go into postal circulation


The Great Moscow State Circus was opened on April 30, 1971. During its 50 seasons, the circus held more than 20 thousand performances, which were attended by over 67 million circus-goers. Today, the circus employs more than 500 people, about 100 animals are involved in the performances.

The stamp booklet comprises a postal block made with the use of holographic foil.

Design Artists: A. Moskovets (postal block), M. Miloradova (booklet design).
Booklet size: 132×98 mm.
Quantity: 3.6 thousand booklets.


On May 13, an envelope with a commemorative stamp dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the D.D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philarmonia will go into postal circulation

The D.D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philarmonia is the oldest philharmonic hall of Russia, a permanent performance and rehearsal venue of the symphony orchestra of the St. Petersburg Philarmonia.
The grand opening of the Petrograd Philarmonia was held on June 12, 1921. The program of the first symphony concert was devoted to Peter I. Tchaikovsky and the orchestra conductor was E. Cooper, the first director of the Philarmonia. The orchestra of the Philarmonia was the first to play many musical compositions by D. Shostakovich with the First Symphony (May 12, 1926) among them. For this reason, in 1975, the Leningrad Philarmonia was named after this composer.
In 1942, during the Siege of Leningrad, the orchestra played the Seventh Symphony by D.D. Shostakovich, which had an immense psychological, agitation and political impact on the whole country.

The commemorative stamp provides an image of the Philarmonia main building; the illustration features a photo taken during the concert on May 1, 1942.

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

Photo: B. Kudoyarov/TASS
Design Artist: M. Bodrova.
Quantity: 1 million envelopes.


On May 20, a postage stamp dedicated to the 200th Birth Anniversary of Pafnuty L. Chebyshev, mathematician and mechanical engineer, will go into postal circulation

Pafnuty L. Chebyshev (1821–1894) was a Russian mathematician and mechanical engineer, the founder of the St. Petersburg mathematical school, Academician of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences and 24 more academies of the world.
Pafnuty L. Chebyshev was born on May 4 (16), 1821, in the Kaluga province of the Russian Empire. He was first educated at home. In 1841, he graduated from the Imperial Moscow University. In 1846, he successfully defended his master thesis, and later a doctoral dissertation; in 1850, he became a professor of the St. Petersburg University.
P. Chebyshev was an outstanding mathematician of the 19th century. He gained fundamental results in the number theory and probability theory, built up the general theory of orthogonal polynomials, the theory of uniform approximations and a lot more.
Chebyshev was awarded the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky, the Order of St. Vladimir, Degree II, the Order of St. Anna, Grade I and the Order of St. Stanislav, Grade I. Besides, in 1890, he was granted the French Legion of Honour Order.

The postage stamp provides a Chebyshev’s portrait and images of his plantigrade machine and mathematical formulae.

In addition to the issue of the postage stamp, JSC Marka will produce First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kaluga.

Design Artists: S. Kradyshev, O. Savina.
Face value: 40 rubles.
Stamp size: 42×30 mm, sheet size: 142×174 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with 15 (3×5) stamps.
Quantity: 150 thousand stamps (10 thousand sheets).

On May 21, a postage stamp dedicated to Angrey D. Sakharov, scientist and public person, will go into postal circulation in the Noble-Prize Winners series

Andrey D. Sakharov (1921–1989) was a Soviet physicist, Academician of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, one of the designers of the Soviet hydrogen bomb, laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize and triple Hero of Socialist Labor.
Andrey Sakharov was born on May 21, 1921, in Moscow. In 1944, he graduated from the physical faculty of the Moscow State University, and later entered the postgraduate school of the Lebedev Physical Institute. A. Sakharov put forward an idea of magnetic cumulation to produce extremely strong magnetic fields. In 1953, he defended his doctoral thesis.
Besides, Andrey Sakharov was actively involved with public, human rights and political activities: he advocated the cessation of nuclear weapons test. In 1975, A.D. Sakharov was the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for fearless support of the fundamental principles of peace between nations and courageous struggle against the abuse of power and all forms of violation of human dignity.

The postage stamp provides a Sakharov’s portrait.

In addition to the issue of the postage stamp, JSC Marka will produce First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Ulyanovsk.

Design Artist: S. Ulyanovsky.
Face value: 50 rubles.
Stamp size: 37×50 mm, sheet size: 168×177 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins (4×3) with 11 stamps and a coupon.
Quantity: 143 thousand stamps (13 thousand sheets).

On May 21, a postcard with a commemorative stamp dedicated to the 100th Birth Anniversary of Grigory N. Chukhrai, film director, People's Artist of the RSFSR, People's Artist of the USSR, will go into postal circulation


Grigory N. Chukhrai (1921-2001) was a Soviet and Russian film director and screenwriter, laureate of the Lenin Prize (1961), the People's Artist of the USSR (1981).
Grigory Chukhray was born in Melitopol (currently, Zaporozhskaya Oblast of Ukraine). During the war, he served in airborne troops and was wounded.
In 1953, he graduated from the Department of general stage management of the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), simultaneously starting to work on the A. Dovzhenko film studio in Kiev.
He produced more than 10 films (The Forty-First, Ballad of a Soldier). Over the course of 20 years, Chukhray was a member of the Arts Council of the Mosfilm Studio. In 1966-1971, he gave classes at the VGIK, headed a film director's workshop. He taught at the Highest Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors. From 1965, he was a permanent secretary of the Cinematographers Union of the USSR.
Titles and awards: the Order for Merit to the Motherland, class 4 (1996), the Order of the Patriotic War, class 1 (1985), the Order of the Patriotic War, class 2 (1945); three Orders of the Red Banner of Labor, the Order of the Red Star (1944), etc.

The original stamp features Chukhray’s portrait, a cine-camera and a clapper-board; the main image shows a production still from the shooting stage of the Untypical Story fiction film.

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

Design Artist: V. Khablovsky.
Quantity: 7 thousand cards.


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