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: Postal HistoryRSFSR and USSRSocial PhilatelyWorld War II
In order to sustain its war machine in World War II, Germany forcibly deported workers from occupied areas of the Soviet Union to toil in industry and agriculture. These workers were officially called 'Ostarbeiter' or eastern workers.
In the occupied areas of the Soviet Union the local population was not permitted to use postal, telephone, or telegraph services. The curtailment of these services was unique among German occupied countries. At the time, Germany had three postal systems: The Reichpost, the Feldpost, and the Dienstpost. It was not until 22 June 1942 that the German High Command allowed letters from Ostarbeiters to be mailed. This exhibit details the history of Ostarbeiter mail and how it was regulated.