Nov 27, 2012

Russia FDC on "400 Years of the Restoration of the Unity of the Russian State"

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400 Years of the Restoration of the Unity of the Russian State

Date of Issue : 2 November 2012

The souvenir sheet was issued to commemorate 400th anniversary of the expelling of the Polish-Lithuanian occupation forces from Moscow during the Time of Troubles in 1612. This event is considered as the symbol of the fact that the all social classes of occupied and torn by a civil war Russia united to preserve Russian statehood when there was no central power (neither a tsar nor a patriarch) to guide them.

The souvenir sheet features the leaders of the struggle against Polish-Lithuanian invasion Prince Dmitry Pozharsky and Kuzma Minin, the spiritual leader of the resistance to invaders and the strife against separatists Patriarch Hermogenes, women giving their jewellery to the needs of the militia organized by K. Minin and D. Pozharsky, the icon of Theotokos of Kazan, that is considered as a protector of Russia and, as it is believed, was helping Russian forces during the war on interventionists; the coat of arms of Russia in 1612–1620, the view of the Moscow Kremlin in 17th century.

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