The Rossica Society publishes two journals per year, the first in the Spring and the next in the Fall.
The journal consists of scholarly articles focused on all aspects of Russian philately that may include information on the pre-stamp days of Russia, Imperial postage, prison mail, World War correspondence, or the postage of post-Soviet states. The fascinating and sometimes incredibly confusing history of Russia, the Soviet Union, and post-Soviet states make our hobby a most interesting one!
Added on 2017-11-05
Summary: The history of clandestine (and not so clandestine) mail surveillance in Russia is a long one, extending from 1690 under Peter the Great, when all letters going abroad were opened at Smolensk, up to the present day. Perlustration under the communist...See the Exhibit
Added on 2016-12-16
Summary: Updated December 2016! This exhibit offers the viewer a chronological overview of the postal evolution of mail sent by way of the trans-Siberian rail network between 1897 and 1945. ...See the Exhibit
Exhibit Categories: ImperialZemstvo
This exhibit shows examples from all of the zemstvos known (thus far) to have used partial stamps - mostly bisects - to frank mail. The use of partial stamps was dictated by the available supply of a given denomination. When stamps the zemstvos had ordered failed to be delivered on time, or when the basic rate would change and no stamps of that denomination were on hand, then stamps that could be divided to achieve the proper postage were used. It appears that Irbit Zemstvo, Perm gubernia was the first to employ bisected stamps, in 1870. Six zemstvos within Perm gubernia used bisects; three more that resorted to them were neighbors of that gubernia, and two were further removed.