The Maidan is a socio-political phenomenon in modern Ukraine
which is characterized by confluence of big groups of people of various
nationalities, age, faiths, educational and professional level on a main square
of the Ukrainian capital for expression of a peace protest of citizens against
the policy pursued by executive and legislative branches of the power, and is
concrete, the president, parliament and the government. The Kiev Maidan is
characterized by mass character, enthusiasm and high organization of its
participants. Thus the most part of citizens has no mercenary motives. Their
protest has ideological, patriotic character.
In release "The Maidan field mail" on website UkraFil
it was reported about creation on place of Independence of Kiev by group of
volunteers the charitable post service for the purpose of the organization of
the free post message as between participants of a peace protest on the Maidan
and beyond its limits, and with various government bodies and officials. In
February the project existed only a week. Bloody opposition in the center of
Kiev practically buried it. All property of volunteers was lost in fire, and
the post service almost broke up. However, the need for it not only didn't
disappear, but also gained special relevance.
At the end of February the volunteers gathered again to
revive a charitable event taking into account new realities. The group of young
people of 5-7 volunteers which leaders are Lvov natives Marta Ch. and Yury R.
became initiators of the project. Having held long consultations with
"Ukrposhta's" employees and representatives of club of philatelists,
children organized the real post service in field conditions of a live Maidan.
At the expense of personal means and donations are made the cancels and tampons,
are prepared the envelopes, are are published the local stamps-labels, are made
the overprints on the ukrainian definitive stamps. The main distinctive feature
of post service of Maidan is a free mail service. Anyone can receive free of
charge clean sheets of paper for the letter, envelopes with stamps in advance
pasted on them and, through field mail, to send letters, as on the Maidan territory,
and across Ukraine, and sometimes to abroad.
Revival of the Maidan field post took place on March 1. This
date is also was the First Day of the memorable issue "Maidan
Tragedy". From this point the post service functions daily. It settles
down depending on weather or near the central entrance of the central post
office, or near a subway. Schedule of its work: from 12 to 16 on weekdays and
from 11 to 17 on the days off. Daily through field mail passes more than 100
departures. The volunteers are going to work disinterestedly until while there
is exists a tent town on the Maidan.
For the past two weeks from the moment of opening of the field
mail several hundreds wishing have already used these charitable services. At website
UkraFil’s forum in section "Maidan Field Mail" are presented some photos
of the improvised post office, its organizers and participants, and also a fragments
of correspondence which passed through field mail.
P.S. The field mail is such type of post service in the peace
time which organization of work is carried out by means of unusual post departments.
P.S.S. "Any good deed shouldn't remain unpunished".
Current year in February by a few volunteers of encampment
on the place of the Independence in Kiev on a verbal concordance with the
commandant of Maidan is organized a postal service. It aim was to help
demonstrators in the centre of Kiev by means of postal mails (letters and
cards) not only to direct a letter to the public and opposition agents but also
exchange with each other writing reports. And also, by means of the "Ukrposhta"
services to carry out any postal mails outside Maidan: on the districts of Kiev
in any settlement of Ukraine or foreign country.
By the volunteers were organized two impromptu postal
windows. One as a postal office was in the “Ukrainian House”, other is a
temporal tent with a desktop - near underground passage opposite a general
post-office. An informative board was there located and an own mailbox is set.
All postal services did by volunteers free of charge. For the writing
correspondence intended to the addressees on Maidan, it was enough to sign an
envelope and, either to put into one of five mailboxes or hand to the volunteer
from hands in hands. Delivery of letters came true 1-2 times per a day.
For payment of postal mails outside Maidan were used any
operating Ukrainian postage stamps as a rule, a definitive stamps. The postal
payment signs were purchased by volunteers on "Ukrposhta", both for
the personal funds and due to the money offering of citizens feeling for
demonstrators. To part of definitive stamps was printed additional text "Польова
пошта Майдану" (Field mail of Maidan) that is called to underline
belonging of correspondence to the certain historical moment. To the
participants of peaceful protest on Maidan the stamps and envelopes were given
free of charge in any amount. All postal correspondence was paid for the
operating tariffs of Ukrainian mail. Simple letters went down in mailboxes on a
general post-office. The registered post had to be sent from the
"loyal" post offices. in times of working of the field mail the
several hundred sending was sent by demonstrators.
At disposal of website UkraFil there is a few tens of the
letters prepaid by definitive stamps with overprints "Польова пошта
Майдану", really getting through mail. And also several of unused (mint)
stamps with overprints. The detailed information about this emission will be
presented on a website as far as an accumulation and analysis of information
and study of this question. The collected materials it is planned to publish
This release was prepared to the publication, when bloody
events began on Maidan, in other districts of Kiev and country. The Maidan field
mail burned out and now hardly able to renew the work. Peaceful protest of people
outgrew in the armed collisions. The state got up on the way of fratricidal
civil war. Home and foreign "fighters for democracy" - the players in
geopolitics to that the peaceful Ukrainian citizens took up arms and began to
kill each other. Ukraine, what we knew her before, left off existing. And can
yet not late think again and stop a self-destruction? No, even noblest
aspirations, can not be prepaid by human lives!
P.S. The names and mailing addresses are remote an
administrator on ethic considerations.
Today, on November 6, 2013 is celebrated the 70th
anniversary of the Liberation of the Ukraine capital, city - hero Kiev from the
fascist aggressors. With festive congratulations the President of Ukraine
addressed to the war veterans, the Kiev inhabitants and all Ukrainian people.
The state enterprise "Ukrposhta" also seeks to
march in step over time. For coming nearer heroic-historical date to the 70
anniversary of liberation of Ukraine from the German-fascists occupation which
will be celebrated next year in October, the post workers prepared beforehand a
pre-paid cover which design was offered by an employees of the National Museum
of the Great Patriotic War history. The artist of cover Anatoly Musiyenko – author
of the previous postage envelopes published by program "family memory
In memory of the Ukraine liberation this year in October is
introduced into post circulation a pre-paid envelope printed by edition of semi-million
copies. The picture on cover reproduces a fragment of meeting of the Ukraine inhabitants
by a soldier-liberators. Background drawing is the historical schematic
map of operations of 1941 on defeat of parts of Red Army and capture of the
Ukrainian territory by the German Wehrmacht armies.
In light of recent attempts by the separatist Ukrainian
ideologues, "liberal reformers" and the leaders of the "color
revolutions" in favor of a national ideology and political interests
distort the memory of the Great Patriotic War and rewrite recent history, like
"post" is not accidental incident. The museum workers and issue author
could represent the envelope map of offensive operations of the Red Army in
1944 for the liberation of Ukraine. Instead, they prefer to present a very
different episode of the war, having called it "Liberation of
According to the message published on "Ukrposhta"
website on August 19, 2013 the post of Ukraine entered the market of
advertising services with the new "innovative" offer - a next issue
of "Personal stamp". It is supposed that the various enterprises and
the organizations will want to advertise the product by means of signs of post
payment. Therefore to the new edition of personal stamp there was no personal
name, only the laconic and indistinct "P-16".
The Information about a new edition of "Personal
stamp" is published on UkraFil website on rubruc "News".
Considering the fact that this year the world scientific and
cultural community celebrates the 50th anniversary of space flight of the
first-ever female astronaut many post administrations of the countries of the
former USSR and other states celebrated this event with post issues. However,
the Ukrainian mail which continued declared from year to year the status of the
great space power Ukraine, not only didn't plan the edition of any post issue
devoted to V. Tereshkova, but also pretended as if this event in any way
doesn't affect her.
In this regard the website UkraFil undertook to correct
flaws of "innovative advanced" post functionaries, which
non-professionally and have thoughtlessly made the
"promotion" to doubtful companies instead of consistently being
engaged in the direct duties - to provide quality of post services.
The UkraFil administration suggests to study own version of
the Ukrainian stamps devoted to the history of domestic astronautics and female
astronaut Valentina Tereshkova. Similar plots could be presented on the
Ukrainian stamps if on "Ukrposhta" was someone who be engaged in mail
and philately, instead of various nonsense, anything and in any way not attached
The third and, encouraging, the last part of the fascinating
saga about rich and various fauna of the reserve Yagorlyk. The issue is
presented by the post of Transnistria past Wednesday. On August 14, 2013 the
company "Marka Pridnestrovya" held a solemn presentation of the postage
issue including a set of 4 values, block and a collective mini sheet named
"Animals - inhabitants of the Reserve Yagorlyk".
The details about a new postage issue of Transnistria will
be presented on website Ukrafil on rubric "News" soon.
In the closest plans of the Transnistrian post the date
appears on September 8 will the edition of the post block in souvenir folder
"The Patriarch Moscow and all Russia Cyril’s Visit in Transnistria".
Remain on website UkraFil! Fascinating news is coming. The republics
of the former USSR post administrations prepare more many interesting and
On August 14, 2013 in the capital of the Republic South
Ossetia Tskhinval city took place a ceremony of cancelation of the first South
Ossetia stamp. The president of South Ossetia Leonid Tibilov, Minister of
Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation Nikolay Nikiforov,
members of the government of the republic and the Russian delegation of the
Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications took part in action. On the stamps
which issue is dated for Day of recognition of independence of South Ossetia,
the coat of arms and a republic flag are represented. Issue is printed in
Goznak's printing house of the Russian Federation.
The first two letters paied by the South Ossetia postage stamps
are sent to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the head of the
government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev. The postage issue of South
Ossetia will be presented also in the Internet resource catalog soon Ukrafil
and dispatched to the collectors who have issued the subscription on South
"I shouted: "You that there, were stunned?
That you dropped chess prestige".
And I was told in our sports department:
"Here it is fine, and you will it protect".
On May 26, 2013 Transnistrian post throughout the cycle
"Well-known Fellow Countrymen" plans to introduce into circulation a
set of 2 values and block in memory of the known Soviet chess player, original
grand master Anatoly Lutikov (1933-1989). The participant of the many
international tournaments, several championships on chess of RSFSR and USSR A.Lutikov
is the most eminent chess theorist of Transdnistria.
The stamps are printed in three types of mini sheets with decorating margins.
Author: Vsevolod Lavrentiev
Artist: Boris Ogli
Computer layout: Sergey Tkachiov.
The subject of chess philately is a debut for the Transnistrian
post. And, as in chess, the main thing is not to lose an initiative and speed.
"I won't tell that was without fervent.
There were anonymous letters and calls.
I only am provoked by all this,
Even fists were combed". Vladimir Vysotsky "The chess crown honour".