Monday, July 30, 2012

Russian Federation II

Postcard showing Mamaev Kurgan in Volgograd, a memorial complex commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad (Volgograd's Soviet-era name), a decisive but terribly bloody Soviet victory over the Axis powers in 1942-1943. With some sources putting the number of casualties as high as two million, it was one of the most lethal battles ever. On Russia's tentative list for world heritage.

Self-adhesive stamp of one of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic mascots, the hare. The two other mascots are strange choices: the polar bear, whose range is several thousand kilometres away from Sochi, on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, and the leopard, which was extirpated from Russia in the 1960s. Maybe hares are common enough around Sochi to make up for the lack of the other two?

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