Donetsk People's Republic

Fossils on stamps and postmarks of Donetsk People's Republic

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The Donetsk People's Republic, is a self-declared people's republic and proto-state in the Donetsk Oblast of Ukraine and is recognized only by similar self declared South Ossetia and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR).
Defacto DPR is fully controlled by Russia, who supports it militarily and financially. Russian rubles are used as the official currency of the territory. [R1]

The Post Authority of the Donetsk People's Republic is not recognized by the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a UN agency in charge of the world's postal policies.
This stamp can only be used inside the territory.
According to the Federation Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) regulations, issues from countries that are not recognized by the Universal Postal Union are not allowed in exhibitions organized or sponsored by FIP. The FIP recommends that collectors avoid these stamps in their collections.

Ukraine is at war with the DPR and LPR; these republics are designated by the Ukraine as terrorist organizations.
Please think twice before buying this stamp – as buying this stamp supports the authority in this territory.




Official stamps of Donetsk People's Republic related to Paleontology: fossils

15.11.2019 "95th anniversary of Donetsk regional museum of local history" [N1]
Mammoth skeleton on stamp of Donetsk People's Republic 2019

Notes:
Mammoth illustration from an old Soviet book
[N1] On November 15th 2019, Postal Authority of Donetsk People Republic issued a stamp "95th anniversary of Donetsk regional museum of local history". The face value of 18 Russian rubles, equal to rate of domestic letter with weight up to 20gr.

According to the official press release, the stamp shows the front of the Museum building and a sketch of a mammoth from the Museum’s collection.
The image of the mammoth is after a painting by the famous Soviet artist, A.P. Bystrov, who published it in a book “The Past, Present, Future of Man” in 1957. [R3]



Official postmarks of Donetsk People's Republic related to Paleontology: fossils

15.11.2019 "95th anniversary of Donetsk regional museum of local history" [FDC] [N1]
Mammoth skeleton on commemorative postmark of Donetsk People's Republic 2019



References:
  •   [R1] Donetsk People's Republic: Wikipedia,
  •   [R2] Postal History and Philately of Donetsk People's Republic: Post of Donbass (official website).
  •   [R3] Donetsk regional museum of local history: official website.


Acknowledgements:
Many thanks to Dr. Peter Voice from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University, for the draft page review and his very valuable comments.

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