Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Republic of South Ossetia - Республикӕ Хуссар Ирыстон / Республика Южная Осетия

Republic of South Ossetia (/ɒˈsɛtɪə/)  is a partially recognised state in the South Caucasus, located in the territory of the South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast within the former Georgian SSR of the Soviet Union.
South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia in 1990, calling itself the Republic of South Ossetia. The Georgian government responded by abolishing South Ossetia's autonomy and trying to re-establish its control over the region by force. The crisis escalation led to the 1991–92 South Ossetia War.Georgian fighting against those controlling South Ossetia occurred on two other occasions, in 2004 and 2008.The latter conflict led to the Russia–Georgia war, during which Ossetian and Russian forces gained full de facto control of the territory of the former South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast.
In the wake of the 2008 South Ossetia War, Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru recognised South Ossetia's independence. Georgia does not recognise the existence of South Ossetia as a political entity, including most of the area in its Shida Kartli region, under the administration of the Provisional Administrative Entity of South Ossetia. Georgia and a significant part of the international community consider South Ossetia to be occupied by the Russian military. South Ossetia relies heavily on military, political and financial aid from Russia.Russia does not allow European Union Monitoring Mission monitors to enter South Ossetia.

These three beautiful covers are sent directly from Tskhinval, the capital city of South Ossetia. The covers sent by David Langan, who is the first tourist visiting South Ossetia with the Tourist Visa issued by South Ossetian government. The covers sent on June 27, 2016 and I received on July 22, 2016. Thank You David for the big help and historical covers.

Getting Stamps and letters from South Ossetia is considered as a treasure because it is very rare. I feel very lucky, my friend Elizabeth from North Ossetia travelled to South Ossetia in October 2015, the she posted these two cover from Tskhinval, the capital city of South Ossetia. I noticed one letter is sent as Registered too with their own barcode label and country code 'OS'. I tried to track this number it is working on international tracking sites ! So I deiced to put 'South Ossetia' is the list of independent countries. Even though their foreigh affairs, military, post are heavily depending Russia, They dont use Russian stamps now. In Abkhazia, another break away republic with similar status, have own stamps but they don't use on International letters. They still use Russian stamps. 

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