Dear customers! Pay your attention to the changes in the Preview of stamps to be issued in April, 2013

On April 1, postage stamp “The 50th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Algeria” is issued


Diplomatic relations have been established between USSR and Algeria on March 1962, 1962 when Algeria has proclaimed its independence, stopped being a French colony. In arrears a stable foundation of friendship and mutually advantageous links has been laid by common efforts, an active political dialogue is being maintained. The Declaration on Strategic partnership in the fields of culture, science, education, sport, tourism and archives has been signed between the countries, the agreement on creation of the Joint intergovernmental Russia-Algeria commission on trade and economic, science and research cooperation and so on has been concluded.  

The postage stamp depicts symbolically a globe against the background of flags of Russian and Algeria.

Design: Kh. Betredinova

Denomination: 10 rubles.

Size of stamp: 42х30 mm, size of stamp sheet: 146х170 mm.

Form of issue: sheet of 15 (3х5) stamps.

Circulation: 300 thousand stamps (20 thousand sheets)    



On April 19, envelope with commemorative stamp “The 175th birth anniversary of A.M. Opekushin (1838-1923), sculptor” is issued



On April 19, envelope with commemorative stamp “The 175th birth anniversary of A.M. Opekushin (1838-1923), sculptor” is issued

Aleksandr Mikhailovich Opekushin (1838-1923) is a russian painter, monumentalist, full member of the Academy of Arts and the Empire Archeological commission, academician of sculpture.

Opekushin took part in creation of the monument “Millenium of Russia” in Novgorod (1859-1862) as well as in the work under the monument of Ekaterina II in Saint-Petersburg (1862-1873). He has created together with sculptor M.O. Mikeshin and architect D.N. Chichagov two pair sculptural compositions “Volga” and “Oil” for the All-Russian industrial exhibition.

The envelope with commemorative stamp depicts the portrait of A.M. Opekushin, the monument to the Governor-General Earl N.N. Muraviev-Amursky in Khabarovsk (the biggest monument in size in the pre-revolutionary Russia: sculpture’s total height with postament is almost 16 meters).       

Design: A. Moscovets.

Denomination: littera “A”

Circulation: 1 million copies.


On April 26, postal card with commemorative stamp “The 100th birth anniversary of V.S. Rozov (1913-2004), russian dramatist” is issued




Viktor Sergeevich Rozov (1913-2004) is a russian dramatist, a laureate of the USSR state prize, a member of the Union of Writers, an author of plays.

In 1949 the central children’s theatre has staged the first play of Rozov “Her Friends”, in 1953 – “Pages of life” (“Your path”). The further cooperation of Rozov with the Central children’s theatre was successful as well as with the theatre “Sovremennik” opened in 1957 with a spectacle “Alive forever” in which the themes of human fidelity, high traditions of the Russian intelligentsia have been sounded loudly. In the following years Rozov wrote plays “The Wedding Day”, “Entertainer”, “Reunion”, “From Night to Noon”, “Situation” and “Kabanchik”.  

Rozov’s plays have been widely staged in USSR and abroad, they have been screened many times: “Finding Joy” (film “Noisy day”, 1961), “Alive forever” (film “The cranes are flying”). “Alive forever” occupies a special place in Rozov’s playwriting and in the dramaturgy of military thematic.         

Postal car with commemorative stamp depicts the portrait of V.S. Rozov, a desk, books, cover and a passage from the play “Alive forever”.

Design: Kh. Betredinova.

Denomination: littera “B”

Circulation: 12 thousand copies.

On April 26, three postage stamps “Historical centre of Saint Petersburg” is issued within the frameworks of series – World cultural heritage of Russia



Saint Petersburg is among the most beautiful and undamaged cities of the world from an artistical point of view. The Northern capital differs by its logic nature of the space composition, including severe straight streets, spacious squares as well as numerous channels, bridges, embankments, gardens and parks.

The Admiralty is the first building on the left bank of the Neva River in Saint Petersburg, which has been conceived by Peter I only like a shipyard. The place wasn’t chosen by chance: the Neva River is wide enough to launch ships from stocks. From the 1740s the construction of grandiose, festive buildings in appearance in baroque style has been begun. The most influential representative of this direction V.V. Rastrelli has created one of the most outstanding monuments of the Saint Petersburg’s baroque – the Winter Palace that has been served the main residence of the Russian tsars for many years. At the beginning of the XIX century the city has been decorated with the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island with the Stock Exchange building and the Rostral Columns as well as the St. Isaac Cathedral that has been built during 40 years.

The illustrated cover is prepared for the issue; there is a stamp sheet and FDC with cancellation inside of it.

The postage stamps depict the building of the Winter Palace, the Admiralty and the St. Isaac Cathedral, the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island.


Design: O. Ivanova.

Denomination: 10 rubles, 15 rubles, 20 rubles

Size of stamps: 58х26 mm, size of se-tenant: 174х26 mm, size of sheet: 194х124 mm.

Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins of 12 (3х4) stamps (4 horizontal se-tenants).

Circulation: 220 thousand se-tenants (55 thousand stamp sheets).  

 On April 26, postage stamp “Europa” Stamp Issue is issued. “The Postman van – Postal vehicles”.

The Russian Post is one of the oldest in Europe, it started in the 9th-10th centuries. The coachman driving was used to deliver written messages; it was a system of postal yards (yams), connecting cities of Russia with Moscow. In the first half of the 18th century the coachman driving gave place to post troikas among the advantages of which there were high speed, endurance, large capacity and good passability.

The era of famous Russian troikas came to an end when horses were replaced by the railway transport and cars. In the 20th century, the troika lost its national importance at all, but nevertheless it remains popular as a constant attribute of folk festivals.


Design: V. Beltukov.

Denomination: 15 rubles.

Size of stamp: 65х32,5 mm.

Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins of 8 (2х4) stamps.

Circulation: 400 thousand copies (50 thousand sheets).

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