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Commemorative stamps

Soviet Union, India and then Russia have issued a succession of commemorative stamps, dedicated to major events in our bilateral relations. 

100th birth anniversary of Vladimir Lenin. Issue Date: 20 April 1985

Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (22 April [O.S. 10 April] 1870 – 21 January 1924) was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician and political theorist. He served as head of government of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic from 1917, and of the Soviet Union from 1922 until his death. Under his administration, the Russian Empire was replaced by the Soviet Union; all wealth including land, industry and business was nationalized. Based in Marxism, his political theories are known as Leninism.

25th anniversary of the Soviet-Indian shipping line (1981, USSR)

On 15 September  1967, Soviet Sovfraht and Far Eastern Shipping Co. launched "FESCO — Indian Line" project connecting Vladivostok with Chennai through Hong Kong, Bangkok and Calcutta. The regular monthly connection at the initial stage was executed by three merchant vessels: Vanino, Nagayevo and Dalny.

To the strengthening of friendship and cooperation between USSR and India (1976, USSR) 

100th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore (1961, USSR)

100th birth anniversary of Vladimir Lenin (1970, India)

Leo Tolstoy (1978, India)

500th anniversary of the voyage of Afanasy Nikitin to India (1966, USSR)

Birth Centenary of Maxim Gorky. Issue Date: 28 March 1968

Born in 1868 of obscure parents, Alexei Maximovich Peshkov (Maxim Gorkey in later life) rose from an orphanand a tramp to the very pinnacle of success as a Russian writer. Lenin has said that Gorky "was an outstanding literary genius who has done much.... on behalf of the world proletarian movement". The Posts and Telegraphs Department considers it a privilege to honour tis great literary exponent of socialist realism by issuing a special postage stamp to commemorate his birth centenary.

Dr. W.M.Haffkine. Issue Date: 16 March 1964

In 1896, the beautiful city of Bombay was suddenly attacked by an epidemic of bubonic plague. At this critical moment, Waldemar Mordecai Wolff Haffkine came to Bombay from Calcutta to launch a struggle against the epidemic. He was born in 1860 in the Russian seaport of Odessa and graduated in science at the University of Odessa in 1884. Upon his arrival, he immediately started work at the Petit Laboratory at the Grant Medical College. On the 10th January 1897, Haffkine inoculated himself, publically, with the newly developed plague vaccine just to demonstrate the harmlessness of the product. He thus laid the foundation of plague prophylaxis, which benefited millions of people. For his outstanding contribution in the field of research and public health practices, the then Government of India conferred upon him the title of the C.I.E. The Posts and Telegraphs Department deems it a great privilege to honour the memory of this great bacteriologist, whose work was of immense value of India, by bringing out a special commemorative stamp on the occasion of his 104th birth anniversary.

100th and 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (1969, USSR / 2019, Russia)Jawaharlal Nehru (1964, 1989; USSR)Indira Gandhi (1984, USSR / 1987, USSR / 2017, Russia)

50th Anniversary of the USSR. Issue Date: 30 December 1972

In 1922, the world witnessed the historic event of the formation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics under the illustrious leadership of Vladimir llyich Lenin.  The stamp designed and printed by the India Security Press, Nasik, depicts the Flag of the USSR and the Kremlin Tower.

25, 30 and 50 years of independent India (1972, USSR / 1977, USSR / 1997, Russia)

60th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution (1977, India)

Festival of India in the USSR (1987, USSR)

Festival of India in the USSR (1987, USSR)

The Festival of India the USSR was inaugurated on July 3, 1987 and became the largest cultural manifestation to be held by India abroad. 20 Exhibitions, over 1700 performing artists drawn from the folk, tribal and classical streams, 80 feature films and 17 major seminars took place during the year-long festival. The activities spanned over 50 cities across 15 Republics of the Soviet Union, giving India her widest-ever exposure in USSR. What was particularly significant was the element of reciprocity and exchange. In November 1987, the Soviet Union opened the Festival of the USSR in India, which also had the duration of one year. The two Festivals celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Great October Revolution of the USSR.


Festival of the USSR in India. Issue Date: 21 November 1987

Festival of USSR in India (click for stamp information

The festival of the USSR to be inaugurated on 21 November 1987 is the first return festival to be presented by any country in India. Extremely successful Festivals of India have been held earlier in the United Kingdom in 1982, the United States of America in 1985-86, in France in 1985-86 and the largest in terms of size and scope in the USSR from July 1987. While the Festival of India in the USSR celebrated the 40th anniversary of India's Independence, the Festival of USSR in India will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Great October Revolution, and is expected to increase the awareness of classical Soviet art and culture in India, as well as aspects of contemporary life. About 20 exhibitions, 57 performing groups and several great master artists of the Soviet Union will be visiting 60 cities in India during the course of the year.

The Inaugural Ceremony takes place in New Delhi on 21 November, 1987. Notable among the exhibitions will be one of art objects from the collection of the world famous Museum, the Hermitage, of Leningrad, and another on "India through the eyes of Soviet artists". This exhibition, it is said, will blend the rich colour palette of India and the features inherent in the Soviet national schools of painting. Notable among the performing arts that will be presented are the Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra, several folk dance ensembles and a Jazz group.

Children's drawings. USSR and India (1990, USSR)

Indo-Soviet Joint Space Flight. Issue Date: 3 April 1984

The Indo-Soviet Joint Manned Space Flight launching the first Indian into space took place from 3rd April, 1984 to 11th April, 1984. Sqn. Ldr. Rakesh Sharma, an outstanding test pilot of the Indian Air Force, became the first Indian to go into space when he alongwith two other Soviet cosmonauts orbited the Earth for eight days during the Joint Indo-Soviet Manned Space Flight. Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma and Wing Commander Ravish Malhotra were the two Indian Air Force officers selected through a rigorous process of selection for training at Yuri Gagarian Centre (both have qualified to make the space flight).

First Anniversary of Troposcatter Communication Link between India and USSR. Issued on 2 November 1982.

A unique Troposcatter Communication Link link between India and the USSR  was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India on 2 of November, 1981. This link works on the principle of propagation of Radio Waves in  the  tropospheric  medium  over  long distances. The station of Overseas Communications Service on  the  Indian  side of this link is located at Chrar-e-Sherief near Srinagar and the station on  the USSR side, near Dushanbe in the Tadzik Republic. The link was extended to Moscow and New Delhi respectively and has a capacity of 12 telephone channels to meet the future traffic requirements.

40th anniversary of the first human spaceflight. Yuri Gagarin. Issue Date: 12 April 2001

On April 12, 200 I , the world celebrates the 40th anniversary of man's first space flight. The Department of Posts commemorates this event and the memory of Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin ( 1934-1968), who became the first man to escape the gravity well of planet earth and orbit the earth , travelling in the space ship Vostok 1. This led to many other space-flights and revelations about the outer space. 

Though the 40th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's space flight is an occasion for celebration for all the nations of the world, it has a special significance for India because of the long tradition of lndo-Soviet collaboration in space science, dating back to the early sixties. The collaboration further intensified during the seventies, when three Indian satellites, Aryabhatta, Bhaskara-I and Bhaskara-II were launched from the erstwhile USSR. The Indo- Soviet joint manned mission conducted in April 984, on board the Soyuz T-Il space station was another highlight of the collaboration between the two countries
The Department of Posts is proud to issue a postage stamp on Yuri Gagarin.

USSR — India: Cooperation in Space (1984, USSR)

Long tradition of lndo-Soviet collaboration in space science dates back to the early sixties. The collaboration further intensified during the seventies, when three Indian satellites, Aryabhatta, Bhaskara-I and Bhaskara-II were launched from the erstwhile USSR. The Indo-Soviet joint manned mission conducted in April 1984, on board the Soyuz T-Il space station was another highlight of the collaboration between the two countries