Thursday, 13 August 2015

ABKHAZIA ( REPUBLIC OF ABKHAZIA / Аҧсны Аҳәынҭқарра )

Abkhazia ( AbkhazАҧсны́ /Apsny , Georgian : აფხაზეთი Apkhazeti / Russian : Абхазия Abkhaziya ) is a disputed territory and partially recognised state controlled by a separatist government on the eastern coast of the Black Sea and the south-western flank of the Caucasus . Abkhazia considers itself an independent state, called the Republic of Abkhazia or Apsny.  This status is recognised by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru and also by the partially recognised state of South Ossetia and the unrecognised Transnistria and Nagorno-Karabakh. The Georgian government, the United Nations and the majority of the world's governments consider Abkhazia a part of Georgia's territory, though Georgia is not in control of it. Under Georgia's official designation it is an autonomous republic, called the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia, whose government sits in exile in Tbilisi. Abkhazia, Transnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh, and South Ossetia are post-Soviet "frozen conflict" zones. These four states maintain friendly relations with each other and form the Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations.




One of the rarest and special covers in my collection from the partially recognized country called Abkhazia. My friend Victoria went to Sukhum post office and instructed to postmark on Abkhazia stamps, and when the covers reached in Sochi international sorting centre in Russia, They put Sochi Krasnodar postmark too. The covers posted on Fevruary 15, 2016 and I received them on March 07,2016. Thank You victoria for the perfect and rare covers from Abkhazia.

This is my second cover from Abkhazia came with Abkhazian stamps (This is the only legal issue of Abkhazia stamp , which is issued to comemmorate the 20th anniversary of Independence of Abkhazia ). 

And I got another cover with Russian stamps but postmarked by Abkhaz Post. Abkhazia stamps are not valid for international postage because Abkhazia is not a UPU member and it is considered as Autonomous Republic of Georgia.


This is my first airmail cover from the country called Abkhazia. It is considered as one of the rarest in cover collectors. my friend sent this cover from Sukhum post office during his visit. He sent more than 10 covers from there with Abkhazia post postmark on the backside and Russian stamps on the front side with postmark from 'Sochi' - Krasnodar region of Russia. Because, Abkhazia stamps cannot be used for postage on international letters, Russia is taking care of all postal services outside Abkhazia. I had two Abkhazia stamps issued in 1993, I affixed them to get local Abkhazia postmark on them . Unfortunately the postman was very angry and he put Russian postmark on them and not affixed Abkhazia postmark on my cover. all other 9 covers got perfect Abkhazia post regular postmark. Eventhough I am sure the cover sent from Sukhum post office ( capital city of Abkhazia) but there is no proof on the cover that which is sent from Abkhazia. I hope in future I will geta  cover with perfect Abkhaz postmark.

Here You can see the postmark got on the backside of the cover from Abkhazia Post, Sukhum. 

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