Count, His Serene Highness Prince Alexander Bezborodko (1747-1799) was a Russian statesman. He was one of the initiators of the partition of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Emperor Paul I awarded him the then-highest rank of a Chancellor of the Russian Empire. Alexander Bezborodko was born in an ancestral estate in the village of Stolnoye, Glukhov uyezd of the Seva province. In 1765, Bezborodko was appointed the Chief of the Office of the Little Russia Governor-General Count Peter Rumyantsev. In 1767, he was appointed a member of the Little Russia General Court, and in the same year, he compiled the Extract of Little Russian Rights. When Rumyantsev was appointed commander in chief over the Russian troops against the Turks, Bezborodko joined his army and was present with him at all times in battles.
On March 22, 1774, Alexander Bezborodko was created a colonel for his service, and in the next year of 1775, after his arrival to Moscow, he entered the Sovereign's office for the acceptance of petitions to the highest name. As time passed, he became the most powerful of all her secretaries of state. Alexander Bezborodko participated in the conclusion of the maritime declaration of February 28, 1780, and in a number of other treaties on maritime neutrality, as well as in the conclusion of the defensive alliance treaties of Russia with Austria, Prussia (1792) and Great Britain (1794), and in the third partition of Poland (1795). He was a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences since 1783.
Awards: the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle (1791); the Order of Saint Vladimir, First class (1782); the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky (1784); the Order of Saint Anna, First class (1797); the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, and the Grand Commander Cross (1798).
The postage stamp features a portrait of Alexander Bezborodko against the background of his palace in St. Petersburg (currently the A. Popov Central Museum of Communications).
In addition to the issue of the postage stamp, JSC Marka produced First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Artist: V. Seliverstov; Design: A. Moskovets.
Face value: 60 rubles.
Stamp size: 37×37 mm, sheet size: 130×104 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with 6 (3×2) stamps.
Quantity: 66 thousand stamps (11 thousand sheets).