RCC subjects. Nature reserves

Newsletter # 10 (762) February 23, 2018
On March 1, 2018 the Ministry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus will issue 2 stamps “National reserves” with the emblem of the Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications (RCC).
The series continuation. Beginning Nos. 889, 920, 921, 980, 1040, 1050, 1103, 1183 and 1184. Artist: Alexander Mityanin. Design: Marina Vitkovskaya. Print process: offset. Colour: multicoloured. Paper: chalk-surfaced, gummed. Perforations: comb 141/4: 13. Stamps size: 52x29,6 mm. Sheets composition: 6 (2x3) stamps. Sheets size: 122x112 mm. Print quantity: 72.000 stamps each.
Printer: Republican Unitary Enterprise “Belarusian Printing House Publishing Co.”.
Face value A is equal to the tariff of a letter up to 20 gram within Belarus.
Face value H is equal to the surface tariff of a letter up to 20 gram abroad.
No. 1246
Polesye State Radiation-Ecological Reserve
Element of protection
No. 1247
Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve
Element of protection
A sheetlet is also issued. Sheetlet composition: 2 (1 set) stamps.Sheetlet size: 132x57 mm. Print quantity: 20.000 sheetlets.
The "Reserves" issue continues a series of postage stamps on the RCC subjects, the distinctive feature of which is the reproduction of the RCC emblem in their design and on philatelic products.
Today in Belarus, there are two state reserves: The Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve and the Polesye State Radiation-Ecological Reserve.
The Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve is one of the oldest nature protection territories of the highest rank in our country. It was created on January 30, 1925 for the protection and breeding of rare species of animals and birds.
Today this is the only place where the "Big European Five" of large mammals live — the bison, bear, elk, wolf and lynx: only here you can see all of them at the same time.
The Polesye State Radiation-Ecological Reserve was established on July 18, 1988 in the territories of radioactive contamination zones after the Chernobyl disaster. It is a place of rehabilitation of the natural territory, a site for scientific research and is practically closed to tourists.
The reserve staff includes more than 700 employees. 40 of them are engaged in the implementation of a special scientific program.
Colour of the postmark — black.

Special postmark and FDC painted by A.Mityanin,
designed by M.Vitkovskaya.
A special cancellation on FDC will be carried out at the post office No.1 of Minsk (shop “Philately”,16 Moskovskaya street) on the stamp issuing day.