Kyrgyzstan – Belarus Joint Issue on 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Between Kyrgyzstan and Belarus there are long-standing friendly relations with fruitful cooperation in various fields: economy, foreign policy, trade, the social sphere, health, culture, education, etc. Also, our countries are dynamically developing cooperation within the framework of various international organizations.The stamps of this second joint issue represent the state symbols of the two countries. The sheet also features labels depicting emblematic species of fauna of Kyrgyzstan and Belarus – the Snow Leopard and the European Bison.

Issue Date: 17.10.2018, Designer: Daria Maier, Printer: “Nova Imprim”, Process: Offset Lithography, Colours: Full Colors, Stamp Size: 46.00 х 27.50 mm

Kyrgyzstan – Latvia Joint Issue

The Kyrgyz and Latvian peoples both have ancient cultural traditions and an important part of these are folk epics. It is to these national epics of the Kyrgyz and Latvian peoples that the joint issue is dedicated. The postage stamps depict outstanding epic heroes: Kyrgyz Manas and Latvian Lachplesis, embodied in famous sculptural compositions.

Kyrgyz Express Post expresses confidence that the joint stamp issue between Kyrgyzstan and Latvia will be an excellent commemoration of the anniversary of diplomatic relations and will contribute to strengthening the friendship and cooperation between our countries and peoples.

Issue Date: 17.10.2018, Designer: Daria Maier, Printer: “Nova Imprim”, Process: Offset Lithography, Colours: Full Colors, Stamps Size: 27.50 х 46.00 mm, M/S Size: 108.00 х 67.00 mm

Butterflies of Kyrgyzstan

The geographical position and special topography of Kyrgyzstan determine its unique biological diversity of arthropod fauna (insects). According to some scientists’ estimates, there are 30,000 species in our country. The concentration of arthropod species in Kyrgyzstan is three times higher than the world average.Butterflies are insects belonging to the order Lepidoptera. Butterflies attract by virtue of their remarkable appearance, but, among other things, they also play an important role in natural ecosystems, serving as pollinators of many species of flowering plants. In the cultures of various nations, butterflies acted as symbols of freedom, love and hope.

Some species of butterflies are very rare and are listed in the Red Book of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The wide variety of butterflies and their beauty served as an incentive for the emergence and development of a very popular hobby – butterfly collecting. Many outstanding figures in art, culture and business, were fond of this hobby, having outstanding collections. For example, the private collection of British financier, Walter Rothschild, numbered about 2 and a quarter million butterfly specimens. And the writer, Vladimir Nabokov, not only possessed an interesting collection of insects, but he also wrote several serious scientific articles on Lepidopterology.

Butterflies are very vulnerable insects and need active protection from humans. We hope that the new KEP issue will contribute to the protection of these remarkable representatives of fauna.

KEP is grateful to Mr. Dmitrii Milko, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Biology and Soil Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic (IBSS NAS KR), for his valuable advisory assistance.

Issue Date: 07.09.2018, Designer: Daria Maier, Printer: “Nova Imprim”, Process: Offset Lithography, Colours: Full Colour, Stamps size: 46.00 x 27.50 mm, Sheets size: 113.00 x 108.00 mm, Values: 50, 100, 150

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