Zbigniew Mikulski has passed away.

We announce with great sorrow that we have been informed of the death of another member of the greatest generation of Russian philatelists. Zbigniew Mikulski, has passed away after a grave illness on December 28, 2017, at his home in Switzerland at the age of 93. He began the expertization of Russian material that helped attract the world philatelic market to this area, was the author of numerous publications, the recipient of the highest awards for his exhibits, etc. A more detailed obituary will be published in the upcoming issue of the Rossica journal.

Soviet Clandestine Mail Surveillance 1917-1991 wins GOLD in Brasil

Congratulations (again) to Steve Volis and Dave Skipton.

Volunteer to Support the Society!

If you would like to support the Society with some of your free time, we are looking for volunteers to support our website, our journal, provide translation or expertizing services and more! You can volunteer online using the Volunteer Form (click this link or find it at the bottom of this page).

The Rossica Identification Service (RIS)

Rossica has introduced a new identification service, free to members, and a minimal $5 fee for non-members. This is not an opinion of authenticity service, but is offered to help collectors tap the vast wealth of knowledge at the Society to help identify items in their collection that might be difficult to identify. There is a link at the bottom of the Rossica home page, or you can access it at this link: http://www.rossica.org/ris.php.

The Samovar - Rossica's Discussion Forum

The Samovar is the Rossica Society's discussion forum, where all things philatelically Russia and related are discussed. Every forum except the Society Forum is available for viewing by the general public. Visitors that wish to participate in our forum discussions must register first.

The Rossica Virtual Gallery (RVG)

Ever since the early 1980s, the Rossica Society would preserve information and material contained in its members' exhibits, and make that information available to members through photocopies (usually black-and-white) or CDs/DVDs. Today, the Rossica Society is pleased to share our award-winning exhibits to the public through our digital forum, The Rossica Society Virtual Gallery, or RVG. We have more than 34 exhibits digitized, and available for viewing on a computer.


What is the Rossica Society?

The Rossica Society is a world-wide society devoted to all aspects of Russian philately, from the pre-stamp days of Imperial Russia to current post-Soviet philately. The purpose of the Society is to unite all philatelists throughout the world with an interest in Russian philately and provide them a means of broadening their philatelic knowledge through inter- communication via the award winning Rossica Journal and this award winning web site.

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The G.H. Kaestlin Collection of Imperial Russian and Zemstvo Stamps

Have you ordered your Kaestlin book yet? Now is the time! Our member price has dropped to $25 per copy.

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Klempka and Grigoleit's Batum Under Occupation is free to Rossica Members

Here is another Rossica Society membership benefit! This new publication is avaialble now. Rossica members interested in the new publication from Klempka and Grigoleit can get a free copy of Batum Under Occupation by simply contacting the British Society of Russian Philately Secretary, Caroline Ferreira at caroline.ferreira@bsrp.org. Please include your name, your Rossica Society membership number, and mailing address. If you have forgetten your membership number, send Alexander Kolchinsky an email at alexander.kolchinsky@rossica.org.

Raymond Casey's Russian Ship Mail Collection

The article is an overview of Dr. Raymond Casey's Russian ship mail collection by well-known German philatelist Bernd Essler. Dr. Casey's collection was sold through a David Feldman auction in December 2016.

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Soviet Clandestine Mail Surveillance 1917-1991

The series that appeared in the Rossica Journal under this same title has now been greatly expanded and extended, with many new discoveries and hundreds of clandestine censor marks (and censorship-related date stamps) illustrated.

Soviet Clandestine Mail Surveillance, 1917-1991 by David M. Skipton and Steve Volis (a publication of the Collector's Club of Chicago) is an unusual hybrid of empirical philatelic research, argumentation and history presented chronologically. It examines the secret police's political control offices - the PKs - that secretly watched the correspondence of Soviet citizens and foreigners alike in the USSR, and demonstrates that the PKs used censor marks masquerading as postmarks to convey information and instructions between themselves. Hundreds of these censor marks are recorded here, along with hundreds more that the authors argue were used to aid in the "classification campaigns" of the 1920s, the prelude to collectivization and the purges. The book will be useful to philatelists and historians alike.

The case-bound, all-color, 530-page book is available now for immediate shipping! Order yours from the Rossica Bookstore.

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The Rossica Virtual Gallery (RVG)

Ever since the early 1980s, the Rossica Society has made an effort to preserve the information and material contained in its members' exhibits. Up until now, that effort has consisted of making photocopies (usually black-and-white) or CDs/DVDs and putting them in the Rossica Library so that members could check them out, study them and learn, using them as a research tool. Given the technology back then, this was the best that could be accomplished, and it could never reach more than one individual at a time, it had to be posted through the mail, and it was cumbersome enough that few availed themselves of the opportunity.

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The Rossica Identification Service (RIS)

The Rossica Society is pleased to offer all Russia and related collectors and enthusiast services to help identify stamps, postal history, or any other philatelic items related to Russian philately or erinnophilia. The service is offered free to Rossica Society members, and for a nominal fee to non-members. Although this service does not provide an official opinion of authenticity, the Society will reach out to experts on the items in question on your behalf. This is a great way to identify those hard-to-figure out cancels, town names, and get translations of addresses, cancellations, etc.

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