The Altai Republic (Russian: Респу́блика Алта́й, Respublika Altay, Russian pronunciation: [rʲɪˈspublʲɪkə ɐlˈtaj]; Altay: Алтай Республика, Altay Respublika) is a federal subject of Russia (a republic). Its capital is the town of Gorno-Altaysk. The area of the republic is 92,600 square kilometers (35,800 sq mi), and its population is 206,168 (2010 Census).
The Altai Republic is situated at the Altai Mountains in the very center of Asia at the junction of the Siberian taiga, the steppes of Kazakhstan and the semi-deserts of Mongolia. Forests cover about 25% of the republic's territory.
Area: 92,600 km2 (35,800 sq mi) Borders: internal: Kemerovo Oblast (N), Republic of Khakassia (NE), Tuva Republic (E), and Altai Krai (W/NW) international: Mongolia (Bayan-Ölgii Province) (SE), China (Altay Prefecture) (S), and Kazakhstan (East Kazakhstan Province) (S/SW)
This is my first cover from Altai Republic. The covers posted on 28 July 2017 and I received on August 23, 2017. The postmark is perfect and you can see a stamp is written as 'Respublika Altai' . The particular stamp issued in 2002 as the part of 'Regions of Russia series. My good friend Darija sent me the cover by exchanging postcards. She specially requested to the postal staff for clear postmark. Thank You Darija for the perfect cover into my collection !