more and more items are added to a personal collection, a reasonable method
to help the collector to be aware of and organize such lots comes to be a
truly important asset.
The Russian "Polar" or "Arctic stations" are mainly placed
around and beyond the Arctic Polar Circle (66o33'39"N). Other
stations - especially those located further South from the Arctic Circle -
are not specifically Polar/Arctic stations, yet they may be regarded as
presenting a certain level of interest for the collector (for instance, some
of those positioned on the Kamchatka peninsula and a few others).
Some time ago, a major work
on the subject  provided, for the first time, a systematic presentation that suggested an
item number for each of these, starting with #1 and extending to "n" - a
system which I actually regard as being somewhat rigid. In my opinion, an
alpha-numerical system would allow the collector to add new stations or
cachets to it, without disturbing the suggested classification.
Prefixes were assigned to certain central stations,
, to which other
polar stations were affiliated. To each centre (assigned with a prefix
consisting in two capital letters), up to 99 locations would be assigned
(01-99), i.e. one item for each affiliated station; each station would then
have a lot of positions opened (in order from aa to zz).
Those central stations, are:
Thus, MK-09 ac would
point at the 3rd cachet (ac)
of the 9th (09)
station, affiliated to the meteorological centre Murmansk (MK). In
the table of contents referring to MK, item 09 would be the PADUN station
and there, one could find listed that third cachet.
A-Z Stations button
(see near the Home button) is a versatile tool with hyperlinks to the
page of each station. Clicking on the name of the station will grant access
to the respective page. In order to navigate to other stations one can use
the back arrow key of the browser
By its nature, this treatment is not exhaustive.
I will be glad to receive any additional materials that can help to point out the errors or omissions,
The author is grateful to Mr.
Octavian Tăbăcaru for suggestions and assistance.
"Russian hydro-meteorological stations"
organizational chart was modified after 1990. In order to
maintain the correct relation with the previous classification,
the old indices were used.
Beside the cancels and cachets of the
"polar stations", some pages may illustrate certain postmarks
and / or images that are not strictly related to the arctic
station; these would most likely refer to certain locations.
Here, the interest and knowledge of collectors will surely make
In order to offer the collectors a better
perspective, an effort was made to illustrate - as much as
possible - new, clean and "in good shape" pictures.
When certain cancellations are presumed to be
forgeries by reliable information sources, they were presented
QUERNDT Dieter, MAAS Berndt,
Post der sowjetischen arktisstationen, Polar Kurier, Nr. 31&32, Erfurt, Druckerei Kirchner, Gotha, 1990
Полярная почта, Москва, Издательство Связь, 1975, p.192-195
Inventory of Arctic Observing Networks Russia - Version March 2010
Федеральное государственное бюджетное учреждение Мурманское Управление По Гидрометеорологии И Мониторингу Окружающей Среды at:
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Memorator de ștampile și casete ilustrate ale stațiunilor arctice rusești.
In: Stela Polaris, nr. 113-116, 1996-1997
*** Personal collection of the author