Russian Arctic appears on postage stamps
Pochta Rossii (Russian Post) has issued a new stamp series devoted to Russian Arctic National Park, TASS reported. A total of 75,000 stamps were printed, with a face value of 80 rubles per stamp.
"A specially designed envelope and a first-day-of-issue postmark was ordered for the event. The stamp series depicts Cape Tegethoff, located in the south of Hall Island (Franz Josef Land), a polar bear as the symbol of the Arctic and the national park's emblem. The envelope is adorned with a landscape characteristic of the Arctic," the federal postal operator's press service said.
The stamps are available at all Russian Post offices throughout the country.
The commemorative first-day cancellation will take place in Russian Post's central office on Myasnitskaya Street in Moscow and in the central postal office of Arkhangelsk.
Earlier, the government decided to expand Russian Arctic National Park by 7.4 million hectares by adding islands of Franz Josef Land and maritime zones. The park's total area will increase to 8.8 million hectares, making it the largest specially protected natural area in Russia.