On February 5, an envelope with a commemorative stamp dedicated to the 100th Birth Anniversary of Hero of the Soviet Union Aleksandr Matrosov will go into postal circulation in the On the 80th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945 series
Aleksandr Matrosov (1924–1943) was a Hero of the Soviet Union, a Red Army soldier.
He was born on February 5, 1924, in Ekaterinoslavl. He was in the Red Army since September of 1942, served in the 2nd separate rifle battalion of the 91st separate Siberian Stalin Volunteer Brigade (later on, the 254th Guards Rifle Regiment of the 56th Guards Rifle Division of the Kalinin Front).
On February 27 of 1943, the 2nd Battalion was tasked to attack a fortified strong point near the village of Pleteni, to the west of the village of Chernushki in the Loknyansky District of the Pskov Region. As soon as the Red Army soldiers passed through the forest and came to the edge of the woods, they were caught by severe machine-gun fire from the enemy: three enemy machine-guns in earth-and-timber bunkers were covering up the approaches to the village. One machine gun was suppressed by an assault group of machine gunners and antitank gunners. Another group destroyed the second bunker, but the machine-gun from the third bunker continued to apply fire on the entire ravine in front of the village. Then privates P. Ogurtsov and A. Matrosov moved towards the bunker. Soon P. Ogurtsov was severely wounded, and A. Matrosov approached the fire slit alone. He closed the fire slit with his body, sacrificed himself and thereby ensured the success of the advance unit.
By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of June 19, 1943, for the exemplary performance of combat missions of the command at the front of the fight against the Nazi invaders and the courage and heroism shown upon that, Red Army soldier Aleksandr Matrosov was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.
The commemorative postage stamp presents an image of the emblem of celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945; the main illustration features a Monument to Hero of the Soviet Union Private A. Matrosov in Velikie Luki of the Pskov Region.
In addition to the issue of the envelope with a commemorative stamp, JSC Marka will produce special cancels for Moscow, Pskov and Velikie Luki of the Pskov Region.
Sculptor: E. Vuchetich.
Design Artists: А. Moskovets and N. Karpova.
Quantity: 500 thousand envelopes.
On February 6, three postage stamps dedicated to the 10th Anniversary of the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games Sochi2014 will go into postal circulation
The 2014 Winter Olympics was an international sporting event held in the Russian city of Sochi on February 7 through 23 of 2014, followed by the Winter Paralympic Games at the same venues.
The Program of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi included 15 winter sports disciplines arranged into seven Olympic sports. At the end of the XXII Olympic Winter Games 2014, the Russian national team took 1st place in the team rating, having won 13 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze medals. Russia also set an absolute record in the team rating at the Paralympic Winter Games by winning 30 gold, 28 silver, and 22 bronze medals.
Ten years after the Winter Games, Sochi is actively using the sports facilities built in the city: they host athletes' training activity and competitions of various levels, as well as cultural and social events.
The postage stamps provide images of the sports Facilities of the Olympic Park: the Aisberg Winter Sports Palace, the Fisht Stadium, and the Bolshoi Sports Palace. The margins of the sheet of stamps feature figure skaters and hockey players.
In addition to the issue of the postage stamps, JSC Marka will produce First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow and Sochi of the Krasnodar Territory, as well as maxi-cards.
Design Artist: S. Ulyanovsky.
Face value: 67 rubles.
Stamp size: 65×32.5 mm, sheet size: 160×140 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with 6 (2×3) stamps.
Quantity: 34 thousand each stamp (17 thousand sheets).
On February 8, a stamp dedicated to the 300th Anniversary of the Saint Petersburg State University will go into postal circulation
The Saint Petersburg State University (SPbU) is the oldest and one of the largest and leading classical centers of education and culture in Russia. It was established by a decree of Peter the Great on February 8 of 1724. The history of the University in the 18th century is closely related to the name of outstanding Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov.
By the middle of the 19th century, it became a major scientific and cultural center of the country, where famous scientific schools were formed: those of mathematician P. Chebyshev, biologists I. Mechnikov, A. Kovalevsky, and I. Sechenov. In the 1860s, scientific societies were arranged in the University: of naturalists, chemists, philological, anthropological and historical societies; besides, the Botanical Garden and the Astronomical Observatory were created. In 1878, the University opened the Higher Women's Courses, which laid the foundation for the education of girls in our country.
Nowadays, the SPbSU maintains its leading position in the Russian higher school. The educational and scientific complex includes 16 faculties, 11 institutes, a university-wide chair, the Department of Physical Education and Sports, the Military Training Centre, the College of Physical Education and Sports, of Economics and Technology, and the D.K. Faddeev Academic Gymnasium.
In 2009, the SPbSU was granted a special status of "a unique scientific and educational complex, the oldest higher education institution of the country, which is of paramount importance for the development of the Russian society".
The postage stamp provides an image of the main building of the St. Petersburg State University - the Twelve Colleges Building and the monument to Count Sergei Uvarov.
In addition to the issue of the postage stamp, JSC Marka will produce First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as an illustrated cover with the postage stamp, a label and a First Day Cover with a cancel for St. Petersburg inside.
Design Artist: R. Shuvalova; Design: A. Povarikhin.
Face value: 67 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: 72 thousand stamps (9 thousand sheets).
On February 8, a souvenir sheet dedicated to the 300th Anniversary of the Russian Academy of Sciences will go into postal circulation
The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) is a National Academy of Sciences of the Russian Federation, the largest center of fundamental research. The St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences was established by order of Emperor Peter the Great on February 8 of 1724.
Its first president was Laurentius Blumentrost, the personal physician to the Emperor. The Academy of Sciences received at its disposal the Kunstkamera collection, a library, a botanical garden, a mineralogical office, workshops, and a printing house. In 1747, Empress Elizaveta Petrovna instituted the first academic charter, which officially established the name of the Imperial Academy of Sciences and Arts in St. Petersburg.
From 1803, it was named the Imperial Academy of Sciences, and since 1836, the Imperial St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences. In May of 1917, it was renamed the Russian Academy of Sciences, and in 1925, the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. In 1934, it was transferred from Leningrad to Moscow.
Since 1991, the Russian Academy of Sciences is the highest scientific organization of the Russian Federation, the leading center of fundamental research in the field of natural and social sciences in the country.
The RAS structure comprises 13 branches according to fields of science and 3 regional branches (Far Eastern, Siberian and Ural ones), as well as 15 regional scientific centers. Currently, there are more than 400 scientific organizations in the structure of the Academy. It employs about 100 thousand people, including 45 thousand researchers.
The postage stamp provides an image of the Kunstkamera building; the margins of the souvenir sheet feature a portrait of Peter I and pages of the draft statutes on the establishment of the Academy of Sciences and Arts.
In addition to the issue of the souvenir sheet, JSC Marka will produce First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Vladivostok.
Design Artist: V. Khablovsky.
Face value: 150 rubles.
Souvenir sheet size: 93×70 mm; stamp size on the sheet: 42×30 mm.
Quantity: 17 thousand souvenir sheets.
On February 14, four postage stamps dedicated to the 1000th Anniversary of Suzdal of the Vladimir Region will go into postal circulation
Suzdal is a city in the Vladimir Region, which is considered a pearl of the Golden Ring of Russia. It was first mentioned in 1024. In the middle of the 11th century, under Prince Yuri Dolgoruky, the city reached its highest prosperity and became the capital of the Rostov-Suzdal Principality. By the 15th century, it became part of the Moscow Principality and gained the status of a significant religious, artisan and cultural center of Russia.
In the 16th-17th centuries, outstanding architectural buildings were under constructions there, the best of which are the ensembles of the Kremlin, the Pokrovsky and Spaso-Evfimiev monasteries. In the 18th century, parish churches were actively being built in the settlement, and by the beginning of the 19th century, the appearance of the town utterly took shape.
The ancient architecture of Suzdal has a unique style and inimitable individuality. In 1992, white stone monuments of Suzdal were entered into the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Nowadays, Suzdal is a major tourist center, a museum city, which is attractive owing to its historical and cultural value, outstanding architectural monuments and unmatched landscapes.
The postage stamps provide images of cultural heritage monuments of Suzdal: the ensemble of the Nativity Cathedral and the Bishop's House, the Moskvina House, the ensemble of the Monastery of the Deposition of the Robe (Rizopolozhensky monastery), and the ensemble of the Spaso-Evfimiev Monastery.
In addition to the issue of the postage stamps, JSC Marka will produce First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow and Suzdal of the Vladimir Region, as well as an illustrated cover with a block of four, a label and a First Day Cover with a cancel for Suzdal of the Vladimir Region inside.
Design Artist: V. Beltyukov.
Face value: 80 rubles.
Stamp size: 40×28 mm, sheet size: 100×86 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with 4 (2×2) stamps.
Quantity: 18 thousand units.
On February 22, a stamp dedicated to the International Multi-Sport Tournament Games of the Future will go into postal circulation
Games of the Future is a broad-scale sporting event at the intersection of sport, science and technology, a synergy of classical and digital sports. The Festival will take place from February 21 to March 3 of 2024 in Kazan.
The international competitions will be held in 16 hybrid disciplines. Each of them embodies the fijital (physical+digital) concept, i.e. combines physical culture and cybersport or the VR/AR technology, thus testing athletes' skills in two so far unrelated dimensions.
The main venue for the Games of the Future in Kazan will be the Kazan Expo exhibition center. In addition, it is planned to use both sports venues and new facilities (e.g., a new IT quarter), as well as Innopolis.
The postage stamp provides an image of the Digital Flame – the emblem of the Multi-Sport Tournament Games of the Future.
In addition to the issue of the postage stamp, JSC Marka will produce First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow and Kazan and an illustrated cover with the postage stamp, a label and a First Day Cover with a cancel for Kazan.
Design: I. Ulyanovsky.
Face value: 85 rubles.
Stamp size: 24×34 mm, sheet size: 150×110 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with 8 (4×2) stamps.
Quantity: 80 thousand stamps (10 thousand sheets).
On February 27, two postage art stamps with the face values of 29 and 67 rubles will go into postal circulation
Face value of 29 rubles corresponds to the current mail transmission rate for sending a standard envelope with a letter weighing up to 20 g; face value of 67 rubles is for sending a registered mail weighing up to 20 g.
The issues are provided with an up-to-date set of protection means; the stamps are produced on a self-adhesive support material.
The postage stamps present the emblem of the federal postal service organizations of the Russian Federation in an ornamental design.
In addition to the issue of the postage stamps, JSC Marka will produce First Day Covers and a special cancel for Moscow.
Artist: V. Nikonov; Design: A. Moskovets.
Face values: 29 and 67 rubles.
Stamp size: 20×27.5 mm, 25×34 mm; sheet size: 152.4×150 mm, 203.2×220 mm.
Emission form: sheets with 20 (5×4) stamps; 30 (6×5) stamps.
Quantity: 66 million 60 thousand stamps; 60 million 45 thousand stamps.
On February 28, a stamp featuring the Medal for Bravery will go into postal circulation in the State Awards of the Russian Federation series
State awards of the Russian Federation are the highest form of encouraging nationals for transcendental services in the defense of the Homeland, nation-building, economy, science, culture, Arts, upbringing, education, protection of citizens’ health, life and rights, charity activities and other achievements for the state.
The state awards are instituted and granted by the President of the Russian Federation.
The Medal for Bravery was instituted on March 23, 2023.
The Medal for Bravery is awarded to citizens of the Russian Federation for bravery and courage shown in the course of combat and other operations in defense of the Homeland and state interests of the Russian Federation, as well as in maintaining or restoring international peace and security. The Medal for Bravery may be awarded to foreign citizens and persons without citizenship. The Medal for Bravery can be of two Classes. The highest is the First Class – a Gilded Medal.
The postage stamp provides an image of the First Class Medal for Bravery.
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: I. Ulyanovsky.
Face value: 90 rubles.
Stamp size: 37×50 mm, sheet size: 140×178 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with (3×3) 8 stamps and a coupon.
Quantity: 64 thousand stamps (8 thousand sheets).