Ivan the Terrible and the Time of Troubles

On January 16, 1547, at age sixteen, Ivan the Terrible was crowned with Monomakh’s Cap at the Cathedral of the Dormition (Успенский Собор — Uspensky sobor) in Moscow. He was the first to be crowned as Tsar of All the Russias, hence claiming the ancestry of Kievan Rus’. Prior to that, rulers of Muscovy were crowned as Grand Princes, although Ivan III the Great, his grandfather, … Continue reading Ivan the Terrible and the Time of Troubles

Establishment of the USSR

On December 30, 1922, the Treaty on the Creation of the USSR (Договор об образовании СССР) and the Declaration of the Creation of the USSR were confirmed by the 1st Congress of the Soviets of the USSR and signed by the heads of plenipotentiary delegations from the Russian SFSR, the Transcaucasian SFSR, the Ukrainian SSR and the Byelorussian SSR, forming the Union of Soviet Socialist … Continue reading Establishment of the USSR

White Russia #8 (1920)

White Russia is an interesting entity as it was once listed in the Scott postage stamp catalogue and spaces were included in various Scott-produced stamp albums but today, the few issued produced by it are considered as no more as labels with many forgeries existing as well. These were released by the military administration in the area largely comprising present-day Belarus during the chaos of … Continue reading White Russia #8 (1920)

The October Revolution (1917-2017)

One hundred years ago, on October 25, 1917, an armed insurrection occurred in the northwest Russian city of Petrograd (Петрогра́д) that came to be known as the October Revolution (Октя́брьская револю́ция — Oktyabr’skaya revolyutsiya). At the time, Imperial Russia used the Julian calendar; on the Gregorian calendar used in the West, the date of the Revolution converts to November 7. Petrograd had been founded by Tsar … Continue reading The October Revolution (1917-2017)

Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic #149 (1918)

On October 25, 1917 (O.S.), immediately after the Russian Provisional Government was overthrown during the October Revolution, the Bolsheviks under Vladimir Lenin established the Soviet state. It had no name until January 25, 1918, when it became the Soviet Russian Republic. On July 10, 1918, the new Russian Constitution renamed the country the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic (Российская Советская Федеративная Социалистическая Республика — Rossiyskaya Sovetskaya Federativnaya … Continue reading Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic #149 (1918)

Russian Empire #90 (1913)

The Russian Empire (Россійская Имперія — Rossiyskaya imperiya), also known as Russia, existed from 1721 until it was overthrown by the short-lived February Revolution in 1917. One of the largest empires in world history, stretching over three continents, the Russian Empire was surpassed in landmass only by the British and Mongol empires. The rise of the Russian Empire happened in association with the decline of neighboring … Continue reading Russian Empire #90 (1913)

USSR #1284 (1948)

USSR #1284 (1948)

The Soviet Union (Сове́тский Сою́з — Sovetsky Soyuz in Russian), officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Сою́з Сове́тских Социалисти́ческих Респу́блик (СССР) — Soyuz Sovetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik), also known unofficially as Russia (Росси́я — Rossiya), was a socialist state in Eurasia that existed from 1922 to 1991. Nominally a union of multiple equal national Soviet republics, its government and economy were highly centralized. The country was … Continue reading USSR #1284 (1948)

Ukraine Under German Occupation #N45 (1941)

Ukraine Under German Occupation #N45 (1941)

During World War II, Reichskommissariat Ukraine (abbreviated as RKU), was the civilian occupation regime of much of German-occupied Ukraine. It excluded several parts of present-day Ukraine, and included some territories outside of its modern borders. It extended in the west from the Volhynia region around Lutsk, to a line from Vinnytsia to Mykolaiv along the Southern Bug river in the south, to the areas surrounding … Continue reading Ukraine Under German Occupation #N45 (1941)