Emissions of state valuable postal matter in March

On March 2, a postage stamp dedicated to lawyer Veniamin F. Yakovlev will go into postal circulation in the Full Cavalier of the Order for Merit to the Fatherland series

Veniamin F. Yakovlev (1932-2018) was a D.Sci.Jus., an educator, a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the First Chairman of the Supreme Arbitrazh Court of the Russian Federation, an adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Full Cavalier of the Order for Merit to the Fatherland.

Since 1989, V. Yakovlev held the post of the Minister of Justice of the USSR. In 1991, he was elected the Chairman of the Supreme Arbitrazh Court of the USSR, and since 1992, he headed the Supreme Arbitrazh Court of the Russian Federation.

In 2005, he was appointed an Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation. He took an active part in the preparation and implementation of the Concept of Development of Civil Legislation of the Russian Federation, in the formulation of draft laws on making amendments to the Civil Code.

Veniamin F. Yakovlev was one of the foremost Russian legal scholars in the field of civil law, the author of more than 300 scientific works, many of which have played a major role in the establishment and development of independent justice, the construction of a law-bound state in Russia.

The postage stamp provides a portrait of V. Yakovlev and an image of the Order for Merit to the Fatherland.

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

Design Artist: A. Moskovets.
Face value: 40 rubles.
Stamp size: 42×30 mm, sheet size: 142×174 mm.
Emission form: a sheet (3×5) with 14 stamps and a coupon.
Quantity: 140 thousand stamps (10 thousand sheets).


On March 5, four postage stamps dedicated to roses will go into postal circulation in the Flora of Russia series

Rose is a genus of perennial deciduous or evergreen shrubs from 15 cm to 2 m high. Shoots and stems are usually covered with thorns; flowers are simple or polypetal, large or gathered in inflorescences, brightly colored, and fragrant. At present time, about 400 varieties of wild and above 30 thousand cultivars of garden roses are known.

The collection of garden roses in the Nikitsky Botanical Garden has been developing since the Garden foundation in 1812 by its first director Christian Steven.

Over the past two centuries, more than 6,000 varieties of roses from 30 garden groups have been studied. The best varieties created by plant breeders of the Garden are well-preserved in the historical section of its collectable rose garden. For today, there are 459 varieties of roses in the rose garden of the park.

The postage stamps feature the following rose varieties of the Nikitsky Botanical Garden: Blagovest (Church-Going Bell), Polka Babochka (Butterfly Polka), Feodosiyskaya Krasavitsa (Feodosia Beauty) and Emmy.

In addition to the issue of the postage stamps, JSC Marka will produce First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow, St. Petersburg, Belgorod, Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Nikita of the Republic of Crimea, Penza, Sevastopol, and Tambov; as well as four maxi-cards and an illustrated envelope with postal stamps, a label and a First Day Cover with a cancel for Moscow inside.

Design Artist: O. Savina.
Face value: 59 rubles.
Stamp size: 36.5×29 mm, sheet size: 100×150 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with 8 (2×4) stamps.
Quantity: 66 thousand stamps each (33 thousand sheets each).


On March 16, a stamp dedicated to the 1100th Anniversary of Christianizing of Alania will go into postal circulation

The large-scale missionary activity among the Alanians started in the 10th century under Nicolas the Mystic, patriarch of Constantinople. This was favored by Alania's close ties with the Byzantine Empire and the Empire's interest in a strong ally in the Caucasus. It is generally accepted that the Christianizing of Alania dates back to the second patriarchate of Nicolas the Mystic (912-925). Christianizing of Alania played a positive role in the development and strengthening of Alanian statehood. Thanks to Christianity, Ossetians received a written language based on the Greek alphabet. Christianizing was performed in the waters of the Bolshoi Zelenchuk River that runs along the oldest temples of the Alanian Diocese, one of which still keeps an ancient Alanian baptismal font.

The postage stamp provides an image of the Mourning Angel sculpture by Soslanbek Yedziev; this is one of the symbols of Christianity, which represents spirituality and divinity on the Earth, and the angel's wings symbolize abundant life and protection.

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

Design Artist: S. Kapranov.
Face value: 50 rubles.
Stamp size: 30×42 mm, sheet size: 170×150 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with 15 (5×3) stamps.
Quantity: 120 thousand stamps (8 thousand sheets).


On March 17, a stamp dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Vorontsov Palace Museum in Alupka will go into postal circulation

The palace ensemble of the Vorontsov Palace in Alupka consisting of five buildings was built in 1828-1848 by English architect Edward Blore for Count Mikhail Vorontsov, the Governor-General of Novorossiysk Territory. The staterooms of the palace decorated in the style of traditional English interiors have almost entirely retained their original finish.

The palace is surrounded by an ancient park stretching out over an area of more than 30 hectares. More than 200 species of exotic trees and plants grow here. Abundant mountain springs are used to create artificial lakes and numerous cascades. Vast glades offer picturesque views of the mountains. In 1834, a Pavilion in the classicism style, later named a Tea House, was built in the Lower Park near the sea.

According to the available archive evidence, in particular, the archive excerpt from the minutes of the meeting of the Presidium of the Crimean Council of People's Commissars No. 40 dated March 18, 1922, it was decreed to declare the Palace of the former Emir of Bukhara and the Alexander III Small Livadia Palace, the Pushkin House in Gurzuf and the Vorontsov Palace in Alupka as museums in Yalta. Thus, in accordance with this excerpt from the archives, March 18, 1922, may be considered the birthday of the museum in Alupka.

Since 1990, the Vorontsov Palace Museum has been part of the Alupka palace and park reserve museum.

The postage stamp provides an image of the Vorontsov Palace.

In addition to the issue of the postage stamp, JSC Marka will produce First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow, Sevastopol and Alupka of the Republic of Crimea, and a maxi-card.

Artist: S. Sviridov; Design: I. Ulyanovsky.
Face value: 50 rubles.
Stamp size: 37×37 mm, sheet size: 131×137 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with 9 (3×3) stamps.
Quantity: 108 thousand stamps (12 thousand sheets).


On March 22, a stamp dedicated to the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States will go into postal circulation


The Interparliamentary Assembly of CIS Member Nations was established on March 27, 1992. It comprises 10 countries, namely: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The Assembly is headquartered in the Tavricheskiy Palace in St. Petersburg.

The IPA CIS is an interstate body of the Commonwealth, which provides the platform for interparliamentary cooperation aimed at deepening economic integration, strengthening humanitarian relationships in science, education, culture, tourism, public health, protecting human rights and interests, environmental issues, security and law enforcement. In the frames of the IPA CIS, intensive activities are under way in these fields to converge national legislations by developing model laws and their implementation in the legal systems of the member states. Over the years of its operation, the Assembly adopted more than 600 model legislative acts and recommendations.

The postage stamp provides a graphic drawing of the Tavricheskiy Palace, the headquarters of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly in St. Petersburg, and the logo of the organization.

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

Design Artist: S. Kapranov.
Face value: 50 rubles.
Stamp size: 50×37 mm, sheet size: 170×174 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with 12 (3×4) stamps.
Quantity: 108 thousand stamps (12 thousand sheets).


On March 22, an overprinted stamp dedicated to the 30th Anniversary of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States will go into postal circulation

The Interparliamentary Assembly of CIS Member Nations was established on March 27, 1992, and is an interstate body of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The postage stamp provides an image of the Tavricheskiy Palace and the IPA CIS emblem.

An overprint of the new denomination was made on the postage stamp and inscription “30th Anniversary of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States” is provided on the margins of the stamp sheet.

The overprinted stamp sheet is on sale as part of an illustrated cover.

Design Artist: I. Ulyanovsky (stamp); Design: M. Miloradova (overprint).
Face value: 50 rubles.
Stamp size: 42×30 mm, sheet size: 146×170 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with 15 (3×5) stamps.
Quantity: 82.5 thousand stamps (5.5 thousand sheets).


On March 25, a stamp dedicated to the training three-masted sailing frigate Chersones will go into postal circulation

The Chersones training sailing ship was laid down in 1987 under the project of Polish naval architect Zygmunt Choreń and launched in 1989 in the Gdańsk Shipyard named after Lenin. The sailing ship was named in honor of the ancient city of Chersonese, where Prince Vladimir of Kiev was Christianized in the 10th century.

The ship is built according to the prototype of sailing ships of the early 20th century and is fully rigged with ship-type sails. The principle motion of the Chersones ship is provided by 26 sails.

In 2015, the ship was turned over to the federal ownership of the Russian Federation and assigned to FSUE Rosmorport; efforts were taken to transfer the Chersones sailing training ship to the Russian flag. The sailing ship acquired its historic white color with a blue stripe along the side and gold and ochre decorations.

In September 2016, for the first time since 2006, the Chersones ship went to sea and took part in the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta – 2016 international sailing regatta.

In 2020, the symbol of the ship - galleon figure Golden Albatross, which the Chersones ship was awarded in 1997 for circumnavigating Cape Horn under sails – was restored on its stem bar.
In August 2021, the sailing training ship changed the classic white sails for red (scarlet) sails.

Every year, the frigate takes part in various festive events and participates in the Tavrida-ART festivals with their glary point of attraction being a large art-park in the Kapsel Bay near the city of Sudak. Prominent art objects located in this area are Assol, symbolizing the strength of will and faith in the daydream, and a figure of a Man Looking out to the Sea as a personification of the creator, searching for a way to inspiration and self-expression.

The postage stamp provides an image of the Chersones training sailing ship and a Tavrida-ART object.

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

Design Artist: S. Ulyanovsky.
Face value: 50 rubles.
Stamp size: 65×32.5 mm, sheet size: 150×157 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins (2×4) with 7 stamps and a coupon.
Quantity: 105 thousand stamps (15 thousand sheets).


On March 25, an envelope with a commemorative stamp dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the V. Mayakovsky Moscow Academic Theatre will go into postal circulation

The V. Mayakovsky Moscow Academic Theatre is one of the oldest drama theaters in Moscow. Founded in 1922, it is located in Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street. At different times, its stage directors were Vsevolod Meyerhold, Nikolai Gorchakov and Andrei Goncharov. The repertoire is based on plays inspired by Russian classical literature.

At all times, the V. Mayakovsky Theater has been renowned for its actors. Today, the theater company is represented by such outstanding masters as S. Nemolyaeva, I. Kostolevsky, M. Filippov, E. Simonova, A. Lobotsky, A. Ardova and others.

The stamp provides the logo of the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Theater; the main image features the building of the V. Mayakovsky Moscow Academic Theatre.

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

Design Artist: A. Gribkova.
Photo: I. Boriskina.
Quantity: 500 thousand envelopes.


On March 31, a stamp dedicated to the 150th Birth Anniversary of Sergey P. Diaghilev, theatrical and artistic personality, will go into postal circulation

Sergey P. Diaghilev (1872-1929) was a Russian theatrical and artistic personality, one of the founders of the World of Art group, the arranger of the Russian Seasons in Paris and the Diaghilev Russian Ballet company, an entrepreneur. He played one of the decisive roles in the promotion of Russian art in Europe and worldwide at the turn of the 20th century, and “discovered” many talented ballet dancers, composers and stage designers.

The first step in Diaghilev's career was the arrangement of a series of exhibitions of current European and Russian artists, which were held with great success. Upon joining the Imperial Theaters, he was appointed the Editor of the Yearbook of the Imperial Theaters and reformed the outlet into a high-quality art magazine with several supplements, high-grade illustrations and literary articles.

With a support of influential patrons, he held the first Historical Russian Concert in Paris, presenting Russian opera to the French public in 1906, and ballet in 1909. The success of the Russian ballet performances was so spectacular that it favored a vogue wave "of everything Russian" that swept Europe in the early 20th century. The private theatrical concern toured annually and gradually expanded its geography from Paris to other European cities. After the 1917 Revolution, the company ceased contacts with Russia and continued to work under the name of Diaghilev until his death in 1929.

The postage stamp features a painting by G. Shishkin with a portrait of S. Diaghilev, Russian Seasons theater posters, and the World of Art magazine with a scene from a ballet performance as a backdrop.

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

Artist: G. Shishkin; Design: O. Savina.
Face value: 55 rubles.
Stamp size: 37×50 mm, sheet size: 170×177 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with 12 (4×3) stamps.
Quantity: 120 thousand stamps (10 thousand sheets).


On March 31, an envelope with a commemorative stamp dedicated to the 200th Birth Anniversary of Dmitri V. Grigorovich, writer, will go into postal circulation

Dmitri V. Grigorovich (1822-1900) was a Russian writer.

Late in 1846, his novel The Village was published in the Otechestvennye Zapiski magazine, which immediately granted him a literary name, and in 1847, his famous Anton Goremyka (Luckless Anton) was published by Sovremennik. These novels made Grigorovich the founder of the narodnik movement of the nobility in literature.

In the mid-1880s, Grigorovich wrote novels The Gutta-Percha Boy, Acrobats of Charity, and Reminiscences.

It was D. Grigorovich who became the first nobleman writer to describe the life of ordinary people in his works. Telling the readers about the peasants’ everyday life, he managed to render all their earthy problems and difficulties with comprehensive faithfulness.

The commemorative stamp provides a portrait of D. Grigorovich; the main image features the author’s books.

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

Design Artist: V. Khablovsky.
Quantity: 500 thousand envelopes.

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