Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Russian Federation

Postcard of the insanely large Tsar Cannon (Царь-пушка) on the grounds of the Moscow Kremlin. The barrel diameter is 1.2 metres, making it the largest cannon-type weapon ever. It was cast in 1586 and was never actually used in warfare. Part of the Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow World Heritage site.

A number of stamps including two, the fox and the rabbit, from a 2008 definitive series on animals of Russia. The centre stamp features the Zhivopisny Bridge in Moscow, the highest cable-stayed bridge in Europe. The stamp on the right commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Marina Raskova, a celebrated Soviet aviatrix who broke several flying records in the 1930s and went on to found three female air regiments during the Second World War.

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