The most widespread cancels and cachets of


Russian arctic stations


(3rd revision)


By Titus Rogojan  (Timisoara-Romania)



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     As 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 [1] 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,
as proposed by [1], 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:


1.     MURMANSK (MK)


3.     AMDERMA (AM)

4.  TIKSI (TK)

6.     PEVEK (PK)



      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.

     The 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 (left-up corner)

      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, at:


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 the difference.

  • 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 as such.



  1.    QUERNDT Dieter, MAAS Berndt, Post der sowjetischen arktisstationen, Polar  Kurier, Nr. 31&32,  Erfurt, Druckerei Kirchner, Gotha, 1990

  2.   Сашенков Е.П., Полярная почта, Москва, Издательство Связь, 1975, p.192-195

  3.   ***, Inventory of Arctic Observing Networks Russia - Version March 2010 at:

  4.   Федеральное государственное бюджетное учреждение Мурманское Управление По Гидрометеорологии И Мониторингу Окружающей Среды at:

  5.   *** (01-06) - Апатит из века в век, at:


  7.  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  8. ROGOJAN Titus, Memorator de ștampile și casete ilustrate ale stațiunilor arctice rusești. In:  Stela Polaris, nr. 113-116, 1996-1997

  9.   ***   Personal collection of the author



Last revised  04.08.2020