The Mari El Republic (Russian: Респу́блика Мари́й Эл, Respublika Mariy El; Meadow Mari: Марий Эл Республик; Hill Mari: Мары Эл Республик) is a federal subject of Russia (a republic). Its capital is the city of Yoshkar-Ola. As of the 2010 Census, the population of the Mari El Republic was 696,459.
The republic is located in the eastern part of the East European Plain of Russia, along and mostly to the north the Volga River. The swampy Mari Depression is in the west of the republic, contrasted by more hilly landscapes in the east where the highest point of the republic (at 278 meters (912 ft) is located. The republic borders with Kirov Oblast in the north and east, the Republic of Tatarstan in the southeast and south, the Chuvash Republic in the south, and with Nizhny Novgorod Oblast in the west and north.
This is my first cover from Mari El Republic. The covers posted on July 21, 2017 and I received on August 23, 2017. The postmark is perfect and you can see a stamp is written as 'Respublica Mari El' . The particular stamp issued is 2001 as the part of 'Regions of Russia series. My good friend Alexandra sent me the cover by exchanging postcards. She specially requested to the postal staff for clear postmark. Thank You Alexandra for the perfect cover into my collection !