Post of Serbia - Postage stamps dedicated to Tolstoy and the classic "Anna Karenina"


Postage stamps dedicated to Tolstoy and the classic "Anna Karenina"

In the Russian House in Belgrade, as part of the Formal Academy on the occasion of the Russian national holiday, the Day of National Unity, on November 4, the issue of commemorative postage stamps "Classics of world literature: Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)" was presented. The Academy was opened by H.E. Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Serbia.

"With a commemorative philatelic issue, we pay respect to the famous classic of world literature and underline the historical significance of the literary event that represents the first publication of the novel "Anna Karenina" 145 years ago. As an added value, these postage stamps emphasize the historical and cultural ties of the Serbian and Russian people expressed in the characters and events of this monumental piece of world literature. In Gornji Adrovac, on the site of the death of the Russian hero Colonel Nikolay Nikolayevich Raevsky, a participant in the First Serbian-Turkish War, who was the inspiration for the character of Count Vronsky in the novel "Anna Karenina", the memorial church of the Holy Trinity, a pearl of architecture and a cultural monument, remains for future generations“, said Zoran Đorđević, Acting Director of the Post of Serbia. Đorđević then presented the philatelic set of postage stamps to Vladimir Tolstoy, the Cultural Advisor of the President of the Russian Federation and Leo Tolstoy's great-grandson.

The postage stamps feature a portrait of Leo Tolstoy, an illustration of the character of Anna Karenina, the main character of the novel of the same name, and Leo Tolstoy as he creates. The philatelic issue contains two commemorative postage stamps in counter sheets of eight stamps each, two maximum cards, two first day covers and a commemorative postmark. Professional cooperation in the realization of the issue was provided by the Russian House in Belgrade, while the artistic realization of the issue is the work of Boban Savić, MA, Creator of stamps for the Post of Serbia.