GEOGRAPHIC PHILATELY | Covers & Postcards Worldwide

Covers and postcards sent to my address from different countries of the world.

Crimea (2014) from Ukraine to Russia

Crimea is a Penninsula in the northern part of the Black Sea. It has very interesting nature and culture. Mountains of Crimea host very interesting flora and fauna. The region underwent turbulent transformations this year (2014).  On March 17, the Crimean Parliament declared independence from Ukraine as a consequence of the referendum. A day after, Russia and the government of Crimea signed a treaty of accession of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol into the Russian Federation. Although there is strong controversy about the annexation and the political dispute was not solved at the international level, the Crimea is de facto under full control of Russia.

The transformation is also interesting from the philatelic point of view. I want to show you several covers of this year, which I received with great help of collectors in Crimea.

First cover that I have received this year was the gorgeous cover sent by Tanya from Simferopol. It was posted on February 25, i.e. in the period of the Ukrainian control over the territory. Tanya sent me this beautifully designed cover using the Coat of Arms from the Crimea MS issued in 2013.





On March 7, Tanya from Sevastopol sent me another nice cover from Crimea. Actually, the city of Sevastopol deserved special status within Ukraine as well as within Russia. This cover arrived perfectly cancelled, showing the date of period still under control of Ukraine.



On March 25, Julia from Sevastopol sent me another nice cover. In this period, the treaty between Crimean and Russian government was signed. From the Russian point of view, the Republic of Crimea and the Sevastopol city were already part of the Russian federation. As you can see, Ukrainian stamps had still been in use.



And finally, many many thanks to Viktoria! Cover from the Russian Crimea using Russian stamps sent on August 21. And special stamps: issue of June 16, depicting the Republic of Crimea. Perfect. And story completed :).




It is difficult to judge how difficult or happy was this period of transformation for the people of Crimea. Based on information written to me by these collectors, my impression is that Crimeans preferred and enjoyed the Russian annexation. I want to thank you again Tanya and Tanya, Julia and Viktoria for perfect covers and for sending me these nice covers in periods of the History. And wish to all people of Crimea and Ukraine a peace!


Filed under: Crimea (UA|RU), National symbols, Nature, Russia, Ukraine

Russia (2014) Tatarstan


Kazan is the capital of the Tatarstan, a republic within the Russian Federation. This cover was kindly sent by Oleg Archipov, a member of the LCC. He used the definitive stamp depicting the Kazan Castle, which makes the cover perfect!

Filed under: LCC, Russia, Tatarstan

Russia (2014) Kabardino-Balkaria



A new item for my geographic collection – Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria of the Russian Federation. Thank you very much Nickolai!

Filed under: CCCC, Kabardino-Balkaria, Regional culture, Russia

LCC covers received in 2013

London Cover Club (LCC) is another link to receiving nice covers. When compared to other circuit clubs, I think the quality of received cover is the highest in this club. Here are some covers received via LCC exchange.


Latvia (Elmars Berzins)


Italy (Vittorio Barella)


Germany (Alfred Berlinghof)


USA (A. W. Welch)LCC_US_AW-Welch

Kazakhstan (Marat Tankaev)LCC_KZ_marat-tankaev

Japan (Kenichi Kato)


France (Roland Montagne)FR_lcc_roland_news

The Netherlands (Peter Toonstra)LCC_NL_Toonstra

Japan (Nobumasa Muranaka)LCC_JP_Nobumasa-Muranaka

Monaco (Joseph Bowler)MC_LCC_Monacophil-2013

Brazil (Gerardo Soeiro Filho) (although it is double cancelled, I like this cover :))BR_lcc_gerardo-filho

Russia (Andrew Radchenko)RU_lcc_andrew-radchenko

Hungary (Judith Geiger)LCC_HU_Judith-Geiger

Canada (Marcel Doyon)CA_lcc_doyon

Spain (Santiago Rodriguez Perez)ES_Canarias_LCC-2013

COVERS that are against the LCC rules (missing or machine cancellation or double cancellation) and sending covers like these ones should be avoided. However, I must say I quite like them :).LCC_MT_Jane-Vella UCC_LCC_US_Dorothy-Smith LCC_IT_Constantino-Beltramo ES_lcc_pere-magrane LCC_GR_George-Robakis

EXAMPLES of my sent covers with the LCC circuits (stamps are different, but postmarks are identical)LCC-sent_CZ_velikonoce-1LCC-sent_CZ-TaborLCC-sent_Europa-SKAD_LCC-OM_01NC_2013a

Filed under: Andorra, Brazil, Canada, Czechia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, LCC, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, the, New Caledonia, Pennsylvania, Russia, Russia (oblasts), Slovakia, Spain, USA

Russia (2013) 12-12-12

RU_12-12-12_juliaThank you very much, Julia!

Filed under: 12-12-12, Bashkortostan, NCC (@Postcrossing), Regional culture, Russia

Russia (2013) New Year


Thank you very much, Julia!

Filed under: Bashkortostan, Christmas / New Year, NCC (@Postcrossing), Russia

Russia (2012) 12-12-12


Thanks very much to Yuri!

Filed under: 12-12-12, Russia, St. Petersburg (FC), Unique dates

Russia (2012)


Thanks very much to Liza!

Filed under: Postcrossing, Russia, St. Petersburg (FC)

Russia (2012) 50th Anniversary Baykonur space station

Thanks very much to Alla!

Filed under: Postcrossing, Russia, Russia (oblasts)

Russia (2012) 75th Anniversary of Transpolar flight

Many thanks to Yuri!

Filed under: Russia, St. Petersburg (FC)

Russia (2012) endangered animals

Thanks very much to Yuri!

Filed under: Joint issues, Nature, Russia, St. Petersburg (FC)

Russia (2012) Europa-Cept Visit…

Thanks very much to Natalia!

Filed under: EUROPA Visit... (2012), Moscow (Federal City), NCC (@Postcrossing), Russia

Russia (2012) Wrangel Island

Thanks very much to Natalia! 🙂

Filed under: Nature, NCC (@Postcrossing), Russia, Russia (oblasts)

Russia (2012) Nature

Thanks very much to Yuri!

Filed under: Nature, Russia, St. Petersburg (FC)

Russia (2012) New Year

Thanks very much to Julia!

Filed under: Christmas / New Year, Russia

Russia (2012) 20th Anniversary of CIS

Thanks very much to Irina!

Filed under: National symbols, Russia, Russia (oblasts)

Russia (2011) WWF

Filed under: FDC, Moscow (Federal City), Nature, Russia

Russia (2011) New Year

Thanks very much to Natalia!

Filed under: Christmas / New Year, Moscow (Federal City), NCC (@Postcrossing), Russia

Russia (2011) 20th Anniversary of CIS

Thanks very much to Yuri!

Filed under: National symbols, Russia, St. Petersburg (FC)

Russia (2011)

Thanks to Tatiana!

Filed under: Moscow (Federal City), Religion, Russia

Hi, my name is Radim, born in a year of Dragon, interested in Botany and loving flags on stamps :). I am collecting nice covers and postcards thaít are addressed to me. And because I love travelling and it is impossible to see all the nice places of the world, I therefore wish to receive covers or/and postcards from as many countries as possible. Just to "touch" the distant places virtually :-).
I will deeply appreciate if you can help me with cover from any of worldwide country. I miss 10(11) countries (+ 2-3 distinct territories) in my collection, but I will appreciate any nice cover from any country sent to my address :)



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