Peter Romanov (1672-1725) was an outstanding statesman, the first Emperor of All the Russia (since 1721).
He was acclaimed for reign at an early age, and started self-governing reign at the age of 17 in 1689. From his youth, he showed interest in science and foreign mode of life; he was the first Russian Tsar to take a long trip to the countries of Western Europe. Having returned home, he launched large-scale reforms of the Russian state, which enclasped all areas of life and activities of the society.
Peter I made a great contribution to the development of national science, education and culture: many educational institutions were opened for different social categories, active book publishing was initiated, and relations with European scientists were expanded. The chief military transformations consisted in the creation of an efficient regular army and powerful navy, which allowed Russia to become a mighty Empire and led to significant territorial extension of the country.
Emperor Peter I is considered a talented military leader, a great reformer, diplomat and lawmaker, who defined the main development guidelines for Russia in the 18th century. The reforms implemented by Peter I resulted in the growth of the mighty power of the Russian state and enhancement of its economic potential and military superiority throughout the world.
The postal block features painting Peter I by V. Serov (1907, State Tretyakov Gallery).
In addition to the issue of the postal block, JSC Marka produced First Day Covers and special cancels for Azov of the Rostov Region, Arkhangelsk, Kaliningrad, Lipetsk, Moscow, Penza, Pereslavl-Zalessky of the Yaroslavl region, Petrozavodsk, St. Petersburg, Taganrog of the Rostov region, Volgograd, Vologda, and Voronezh, as well as an illustrated envelope with a postal block, a label and a First Day Cover with a cancel for Moscow inside.
Design: A. Povarikhin.
Face value: 100 rubles.
Block size: 128×100 mm, stamp size in the block: 32.5×65 mm.
Quantity: 35 thousand blocks.