The Samovar

Far Eastern Republic

Dr. Ray Ceresa - 10/30/2004 at 10:46

The latest area for digital forgeries is the Far Eastern Republic. The first from this area was the 1 R perf, S.G. 31. Three single copies were sent to me over a year ago from Rossphil for an opinion. I rejected them as forgeries and returned them to Russphil without a certificate but prepared Forgery certificates for APS and Rossica. OIt was about a year later that I re-examined them as I had noticed that all three were identical in every respect -almost imposssible for forgeries to be so alike. I then realised why they were so alike and examined them at 120 x magnification which confirmed they were digital copies of a forged FER overprint on a late printing of the 1 R. perf. stamp. The first recorded FER digital forgery.
About six weeks ago a Rossica member bid for a mint set of FER overprints on kopeck Arms Type stamps. He was the successful bidder at way below catalogue price and sent them for me for an opinion. One of the stamps, FER printed on reverse only, (a rarity indeed if genuine). All the overprints were identical and digital. This is the second recorded digital forgery of the FER. In addition, each stamp had an identical Ross signature on the back. These too were digitally produced, not handstamped. I produced three forgery certificates for our member. It turns out that the seller was Rossphil. I alerted the seller who claimed ignorance and said he would withdraw the stamps from e-Bay.... The buyer tells me he has contacted e-Bay and Rossphil, with copies of the certificates, and requested his money back. As far as I know he has had no joy with either Rossphil or e-Bay. I will keep members informed of any progress.

Gary - 10/30/2004 at 16:43

Thanks Ray!!!

We have warned collectors about this dealer for many years. Some listen, some do not. What's a person to do?

He also sells using the name kilesha77

Gary - 3/31/2005 at 13:48

kilesha77 has now morphed into prfath-1

Gary - 4/2/2005 at 04:25

prafth-1 has again disappeared from eBay

The good Dr. is back with a new name

Gary - 4/24/2005 at 13:51

This seller has now changed names again to


Now there is a new twist to his antics. He includes the German words:

"Der Artikel wird von Privat verkauft. Ich übernehme keine Garantie und Gewährleistung."

Using an Internet translator, I get the following:

"The article is sold by private. I do not take over warranty and a guarantee."

I can translate that to mean he is selling "as is" and the buyer is on his/her own.




brenderwho - 5/4/2005 at 19:49

Note he is back and e-bay has been notified AGAIN and AGAIN:lecture:mad::hair

BUYER beware!!!!!!

Dr. Ray Ceresa - 4/25/2009 at 04:46

He is less active now on e-Bay and at least some of his material is genuine. I have not come across forged certificates for a number of years now. Use caution when buying from this source and seek advice from other Rossica members.

Dr. Ray Ceresa - 8/23/2014 at 10:08

I have had no contact with this seller for about 5 years nor with any of his material on eBay. maybe he has at last retired from this activity!