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20 – 22 May, 2016 the “ROSSICA – 2016” International Philatelic Biennial took place in the Russian House for Science and Culture at Berlin.

The event was organized jointly by the Russian National Academy of Philately together with the German National Academy of Philately and the Schwaneberger publishing company in cooperation with Russian House in Berlin; the Berlin-Brandenburg philatelic society and the Berlin Association of friends of Russian / Soviet postage stamp. The exhibition received FEPA recognition. Club de Monte-Carlo was the Guest of Honour at the "Rossica-2016".

The Russian Federal Communications Agency issued the postal stationery (a post card) devoted to “ROSSICA – 2016”. The card is cancelled with the official post mark of the branch office of Russian Post in Germany.

The representatives from 18 countries took part at the show. The exhibition was organized under the patronage of the European Academy of Philately (AEP) and International Association of Publishers of Stamp Catalogues, Albums, and Philatelic Magazines (ASCAT).

Opening ceremony.

Mr. Vladimir Grinin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Federal Republic of Germany opened the exhibition.

Oleg Ksenofontov, Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (Leiter der Vertretung von Rossotrudnichestvo in Deutschland, Direktor des Russischen Hauses der Wissenschaft und Kultur).


Dr. Christian Hanke, Mayor of Berlin Mitte district, is greeting the participants and guests.





Igor Rodin (left), General Commissioner of "Rossica-2016".


Michel Letaillieur (Board member of European Academy of Philately) and Vincent Schouberechts (Vice-President of the international association of the philatelic journalists and authors, AIJP).


Dr. Wolfgang Leupold is greeting the Exhibition on behalf of German philatelists.


Oleg Ospishchev, Managing Director of Russian Post Office Berlin.


The cancelling of the Russian postal stationary devoted to the exhibition. From left to right: Dr. Christian Hanke, Mayor of Berlin Mitte district; Mr. Vladimir Grinin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Federal Republic of Germany; Mr. Andrey Strygin, President of the Russian National Academy of Philately.

Igor Rodin is telling about his Space Mail Exhibit to Russian Ambassador Vladimir Grinin and Mayor of Berlin Mitte district Christian Hanke.

Members of the European Academy of Philately are at Rossiac-2016. From the left: René Hillesum, Andrey Strygin, Michel Letaillieur, Jean Voruz, Igor Rodin, Vincent Schouberechts.


Jury of Rossica-2016. From the left: Wolfgang Leupold, Peter Fischer, Michel Letaillieur, Igor Rodin.

The exhibition was devoted to the 55th anniversary of the first manned space flight.


Palmares on Astrophilately.

CACKA, Julius (Czech Republic). Cooperation of Russia in space exploration in 1957-1995. Gold.

SLACHHEIN, Stephen (Germany). How the Mankind dream to reach the stars became the true. Vermeil.

HERSCHUNG, Manfred (Germany). Aufbruch in den Kosmos mit Mondlandung. Vermeil.

STRYGIN, Andrey (Russia). Soviet-French and Russian-French joint space flight: drafts of postage stamps. One frame. Large Vermeil.

RIGO, Antoni (Spain). Animals in Space. One frame. Large Silver.

HOPFERWIESER, Walter (Austria). Literature Class. Rocket Mail and Space Mail catalogue. Vermeil.

You-Im Chang (Taiwan). Literature Class. Space Exploration – Astrophilatelic articles. Large Silver.


Photos by Sergey Rodin.


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