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COUNTRIES EFFECTED BY ILLEGAL STAMPS

Information and Reference of countries effected by counterfeit illegal stamps according to U.P.U. Circulars and other sources

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It must be noted that as of 2019 more countries are now effected than portrayed on this page.

The counterfeit illegal stamps are being offered in many places. The main online auction venues being the main sources. eBay and Delcampe are working toward clearing out the sales and/or the main bad sellers of them. Sadly Hipstamps and ebid are doing virtually nothing to stop them and many of these what I call "rouge dealers" have infested their sites. Stamp buyers at this present time must be careful when buying stamps on these sites as there are thousands of the counterfeit illegal stamps being offered and sold. This page is meant to raise awareness and to educate both buyers and sellers as to the massive problem within the stamp market that has been caused by a very few dealers and stamp producers located worldwide that have flooded the market with these counterfeit stamps. They mainly target topical and memorabilia collectors but the average collectors and new collectors are also being victimized. The problem started in the early 1990's and is now almost three decades old. Millions of the counterfeits are out there if not billions now. Please help end it by not buying and/or selling them and avoiding the dealers that do. Only as a unified front can we reverse what these criminals have and are still doing. Awareness of who they are and what is real and what is not is key to destroying their criminal industry. That is the intent of my Illegal Stamps reference section which now ranks number one on all search engines.

You do not have to be a stamp collector nor expert to recognize the following imaged stamps as counterfeits. Therefore management of the venues and auction houses have no excuse not to eradicate the following provinces, republics and regional counterfeit illegal stamps from their venues themselves without relying on experts to report or moderate them. It is their responsibility to do so to retain any kind of trusted reputation from buyers. Allowing major dealers of them to remain as users and sellers on their sites only shows they are allowing them to continue to proliferate this junk for monetary gain. Therefore the management of sites that allow this is.....corrupt.

Courtesy of Maria Libera I present the following excerpts from her published Article published in the April 2016 issue of the Italian philatelic magazine Arte di Francobollo.

The listing below reproduces, per region, the countries that have had official UPU Circulars published since the late 1990s denouncing counterfeit, forged and/or illegal stamps and related philatelic products produced in their names. However, it is to be noted that the individual UPU Circulars published do not necessarily cover all illegal stamps produced in the name of the countries concerned. Because of new series of illegal stamps that keep on appearing, it is a lengthy process to get those illegal stamps identified and to put together new UPU circulars for publication.

First section is of the main countries effected by counterfeit illegal stamps.

African and Arab countries:

Angola (UPU Circular No. 406.2000), Benin (UPU Circulars Nos. 286.2006 and 030.2004), Burundi (UPU Circulars Nos. 08.2012 and 143.2002), Cameroun (UPU Circular No. 190.2009), Centrafrique (UPU Circular No. 156.2001), Comoros (Union des) (UPU Circulars Nos. 140.2007, 514.2001 and No. 201.2001), Congo (Rep) (UPU Circulars Nos. 144.2014 and 064.1997), Congo (Dem Rep) (UPU Circulars Nos. 371.2005 and 418.1997), Côte d'Ivoire (Rep) (UPU Circulars Nos. 369.2005, 063.2004 and 269.2003), Djibouti (UPU Circulars Nos. 410.2005 and 226.2004), Equatorial Guinea (UPU Circular No. 417.1997), Eritrea (UPU Circulars Nos. 180.2007 and 294.2003), Gambia (UPU Circular No. 308.2004), Guinea (UPU Circular No. 421.2003), Iraq (UPU Circulars Nos. 61.2013, 071.2004), Lesotho (UPU Circular No. 15.2015), Madagascar (UPU Circulars Nos. 193.2008 and 393.2001), Malawi (UPU Circulars Nos. 66.2015, 59.2009 and 130.2007), Mali (UPU Circulars Nos. 79.2015, 72.2014, 238.2001 and 165.2000), Mauritania (UPU Circular No. 161.2003), Mauritius (UPU Circular No. 146.2012), Western Sahara of Morocco (UPU Circulars Nos. 071.2008, 069.2004, .414.2002, 129.2000), Mozambique (UPU Circular No. 208.2008), Namibia (UPU Circulars Nos. 65.2015 and 188.2014), Niger (UPU Circulars Nos. 388.2005 and 194.2000), Rwanda (UPU Circulars Nos. 128.2012, 92.2010, 252.2009, 198.2007, 354.2003, 504.2001, 363.2001 and 39.2000), Saudi Arabia (UPU Circular No. 421.2001), Senegal (UPU Circular No. 07.2001), Somalia (UPU Circular No. 328.2005), Sudan (UPU Circular No. 095.2004), Tanzania (and Zanzibar) (UPU Circulars Nos. 62.2013 and 219.2011), Tchad (UPU Circular No. 08.2001), Uganda (UPU Circular No. 220.2011), United Arab Emirates (UPU Circulars Nos. 122.2009, 141.2007 and 168.2001), Zambia (UPU Circular No. 137.2014).

Asia and Pacific Regions:

Afghanistan (UPU Circulars Nos. 197.2009, 177.2007, 02.2003, 345.2000 and 421.1998), Cambodia (UPU Circular No. 150.2015), Japan (UPU Circular No. 116.2012), Laos (UPU Circulars No. 135.2001 and 419.1999), Myanmar (UPU Circulars No. 343.2006 and 428.2000).

Central and South America and the Caribbean:

Argentina (UPU Circular No. 318.1997), Bolivia (UPU Circular No.92.2012), Haiti (UPU Circular No. 367.2005), Mexico (UPU Circular No. 109.1996), Paraguay (UPU Circular No.135.2014), Trinidad and Tobago (UPU Circular No.149.2015).

The Russian Federation and its neighbouring countries (Community of Independent States (CIS):

Azerbaijan (UPU Circulars Nos. 060.2009, 192.2006, 073.2005, 263.2004 and 251.1999), Estonia (UPU Circulars Nos.189.2012 and No. 200.2007), Georgia (UPU Circulars Nos.75.2012, 127.2009, 50.2001, 106.1999 and 331.1997), Kyrgyzstan (UPU Circulars No. 172.2003, 208.2002, 308.2001, 06.2001, 285.2000, 119.2000 and 432.1999), Lithuania (UPU Circular No.190.2012), Mongolia (UPU Circular No. 146.1999), Russian Federation (UPU Circulars Nos. 42.2015, 66.2014, 287.2010, 15.2002, 214.2000 and 302.1998), Tadjikistan (UPU Circular No. 229.2002), Turkmenistan (UPU Circular No. 184.2000), Ukraine (UPU Circulars Nos. 03.2000, 253.1999, 458.1998), Uzbekistan (UPU Circular No. 061.2009 and 070.2003).

Eastern and Western Europe:

Bosnia (UPU Circulars Nos. 416.1998, 354.1998), Croatia (UPU Circulars Nos. 80.2009, 282.2006, 421.2005), Cyprus (UPU Circulars Nos. 199.2007, 34.2000, 301.1998, 399.1997 and 482.1996), Greece (UPU Circulars No. 276.1998), Portugal (UPU Circular No.178.2012), Slovenia (UPU Circular No. 81.2007).

I wish to note here that I have many contacts asking me if the following country names on stamps are real. Here is your answer.

It should be noted that, where applicable, several of the above-mentioned countries have also denounced illegal stamps produced in the name of their national dependencies, provinces and territories that do not have the authority to issue stamps in their own name. In any case, there is no doubt that "stamps" in the name of these entities are definitely illegal productions and should not be purchased. These are as follows:

Azerbaijan Provinces

Nagorno-Karabakh or Republic of Mountainous Karabakh and Naxcivan

Republic of Mountainous Karabakh Illegal Stamps

There is quite the conflict as to whether Republic of Mountainous Karabakh are illegal stamps or local issues. They are produced mainly by Armenia which is and has been in military conflict with Azerbaijan over the province since the Soviet breakup. The U.P.U. does not recognize these "stamps" as legal even though some usage has been reported. Republic of Mountainous Karabakh is recognized by the United Nations as part of Azerbaijan, not part of Armenia even though the population is 4 to 1 Armenian. Here are links to several U.P.U. circulars made for denouncing them by Azerbaijan and a snapshot of a recent article written in 2018 on the status still. The bottom line is that the stamps are not "legal" to use as mailing and therefore not to be accepted by any country as postage of which as you can see some has gone through to Germany illegally for instance. They are therefore in direct conflict with U.P.U. regulations and therefore deemed illegal stamps. At least up to now in 2019. Buying them supports a producer that is printing "stamps" in direct conflict with U.P.U. regulations. They are not available on the Armenia post website. If they were legal why would they not be?

UPU Circular Number 263 for Azerbaijan in 2004

UPU Circular Number 73 for Azerbaijan in 2005

Azerbaijan not to apply requirements of Universal Postal Convention to Armenia Article

Islands belonging to Estonia

In 2007 Estonia tried to alert the public of a mass of illegal stamps being produced in the name of Estonian Islands. Here is that circular.

UPU Circular Number 200 for Estonia in 2007

I note sellers want to call these local posts or private issues or cinderella stamps. They were never produced or sold in Estonia. They were produced by a British stamp dealer who's life was dedicated to ripping you off! Certain dealers who are still selling them to this day have that same intent.

Abruka Post

It appears that only these Chess and Cats sets were produced in the name of Abruka Post in 1998 and 1999. They look exactly like the illegal stamps in the name of many countries produced in that year. The same style of printing. The familiar Scouts logo. All were coming from the same source at that time.

Abruka Post Chess and Cats Illegal Stamps

Aegna Post

The only set produced in the name of Aegna Post was the Princess Diana set made in 1998. As you can see it is by the same producer.

Aegna Post Princess Diana Illegal Stamps

Aksi Post

The only set produced in the name of Aksi Post was the Princess Diana set made in 1998.

Aksi Post Princess Diana Illegal Stamps

Hiiumaa Post

A number of fake souvenir sheet sets were produced for this island. Here are examples. All WWF stamps with this island name on them are illegal stamps.

Hiiumaa Post Illegal Stamps

Kihnu Post

It appears that only these Dogs and Cats sets were produced in the name of Kihnu Post in 1999 and 2000. Again....same producer.

Kihnu Post Dogs and Cats Illegal Stamps

Manilaid Post

A number of fake souvenir sheet sets were produced for this island including dogs, minerals, dinosaurs and butterflies. Here are examples.

Manilaid Post Dogs, Minerals, Dinosaurs and Butterflies Illegal Stamps

Muhu Post

Here again illegal usage of the WWF logo.

Muhu Post WWF and Pope Illegal Stamps

Osmussaar Post

It appears that only these Cats and Princess Diana sets were produced in the name of Osmussaar Post in 1999 and 2000.

Osmussaar Post Cats and Princess Diana Illegal Stamps

Prangli Post

The only fake sets produced in the name of Prangli Post were the Butterflies and Dogs sets made in 1999 and 2000.

Prangli Post Dogs and Butterflies Illegal Stamps

Ruhnu Post

The only fake sets produced in the name of Ruhnu Post were the WWF and Chess sets made in 1998 and 2000.

Ruhnu Post Chess and WWF Illegal Stamps

Saaremaa Post

A number of fake souvenir sheet sets were produced for this island. Here are examples. All WWF stamps with this island name on them are illegal stamps. I note the Dinosaurs sheet was not discovered at the time of the analysis.

Saaremaa Post WWF, Pope, Dinosaurs and Cats Illegal Stamps

Suur-Pakri Post

It appears that only these Stones and Minerals and Princess Diana sets were produced in the name of Osmussaar Post in 1999 and 2000.

Suur-Pakri Post Stones and Minerals and Princess Diana Illegal Stamps

Vaike-Pakri Post

It appears there is only one fake animals sheet of 16 that exists using the Vaike-Pakri Post name. I could not find a mini-sheet of 12 anywhere.

Vaike-Pakri Post Animals Illegal Stamps

Vorms Post

It appears that only these WWF and Princess Diana sets were produced in the name of Vorms Post in 1999 and 2000.

Vorms Post WWF and Princess Diana Illegal Stamps

Provinces of Georgia

There is some controversy on whether stamps from Abkhazia are bogus or not. According to the Georgia U.P.U. Circular posted in 2012 they all are. According to what appears some issues that relate to the province have and are used in a local fashion. They still to this day cannot be used as postage outside the province. The problem is that a certain British criminal illegal stamp producer made a ton of illegal stamps for these provinces. This producer who created a network of dealers worldwide to move these illegal stamps and many other bogus stamps of which that network exists to this day, produced a massive number for Abkhazia especially. They are completely different from the "local" issues and for the most part do no relate to anything about the provinces at all.

According to the circular given by Georgia, all stamps made for or by these provinces are illegal stamps.

UPU Circular Number 75 for Georgia in 2012

Abkhazia

As I stated above a ton of counterfeit illegal stamps were produced by this British dealer. They are of the same exact styles as all the others created by this person for many countries. It is quite obvious who it was and his son carries it on to this day. There are so many that were made in the name of Abkhazia that it would fill numerous pages with images. I present a general viewing of what to look for. At this point I would not recommend buying anything related to stamps from Abkhazia. I would also like to note that the same sellers on eBay and other venues who are huge criminal illegal stamp dealers are (of course) selling these as well.

Abkhazia Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky Illegal Stamps

Here is a bogus "certificate of authenticity" put out by what is now deemed the bogus "International Collectors Society". This "stamp" souvenir sheet was never printed, authorized nor even saw the province of Abkhazia. Therefore, once again, the status on the certificate is a complete lie as is the edition limit. There are tens of thousands of this bogus souvenir sheet out there. Probably close to a million of them. A lot of people have sadly been ripped off in buying it and these same dealers are still ripping people off for it to this day. It is.....worthless.
Adding also that there are a number of other fake counterfeit illegal stamp issues in the name of Abkhazia with these bogus certificates out there as well. It shows us that the organizers within the "society" had and have direct connections with the illegal stamp producer. Beware of anything that comes with these certificates.

Abkhazia Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky Illegal Stamps Bogus Certificate of Authenticity

Here are more examples. Note the style. Does it look familiar? Should you really study the illegal stamp industry you will recognize the styles quite easily.

Abkhazia Princess Diana Memoriam Illegal Stamps

Abkhazia Baseball Home Run Kings Illegal Stamps

Abkhazia Star Wars Illegal Stamps

They are still producing these counterfeit stamps in the name of Abkhazia to this day.

Abkhazia 2017 Trump and Putin Illegal Stamps

This massive set produced this year! (2019) Don't buy it!

Abkhazia 2019 Great Tyrants Illegal Stamps

Adjaria

It appears only a few counterfeit issues were made in the name of Adjaria between 1998 and 2000. The same producer. Here are examples.

1997
Adjaria 1997 Butterflies Illegal Stamps

1998
Adjaria 1998 Princess Diana and Minerals Illegal Stamps

1999?
Adjaria 1999 Spice Girls Illegal Stamps

2000
Adjaria 1999 Golfing Illegal Stamps

Batum

Numerous fake issues have been produced in the name of Batum as well. The last Batum genuine stamp issues were made in 1920. Everything dating afterwards is illegal. Here are examples.

Batum 1994 Animals WWF Illegal Stamps

Here is a registered letter with illegal stamps on it. Would this not put them in the status of counterfeit stamps? Are the cancels even real?

Batum 1994 Dogs Illegal Stamps on cover

1995
Batum 1995 Sea Life Illegal Stamps

1996
Batum 1996 Birds Illegal Stamps

1998?
Batum 1998 The Beatles Illegal Stamps

1999?
Batum 1999 Elvis Presley Illegal Stamps

2000
Batum 2000 Dinosaurs Illegal Stamps

2001
Batum 2001 Wild Cats with with Rotary and Scout Logo Overprints Illegal Stamps

Bogus Gold Foil Stamps
Batum Gold Foil Illegal Stamps

Unknown Year
Batum Jungle Animals Illegal Stamps

South Ossetia

An interesting note is that the illegal stamp producers are using South and North Ossetia. North Ossetia belongs to the Russian Federation. See the Russian Federation section to reference North Ossetia illegal stamps. Again numerous illegal stamp sets were made. Here are examples for South Ossetia.

1995
South Ossetia 1995 25th Anniversary Man's First Landing on the Moon Illegal Stamps

1996
South Ossetia 1996 Olympics and Dogs Illegal Stamps

1998
Even highly respected dealers are offering these illegal stamps. This dealer has the original "color proofs" for many. Note the printers color guide. It is a clue that tells you who the printer was at the time.

South Ossetia 1998 Animals Illegal Stamps

2010 Europa
South Ossetia 2010 Snow White Europa Illegal Stamps

2013 South Ossetia 2013 Vladimir Putin Illegal Stamps

2015 Europa
South Ossetia 2015 Europa Illegal Stamps

2017 South Ossetia 2017 Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin Illegal Stamps

Provinces of Moldova

Moldova has also been plagued by the illegal stamp producers for years. There is some conflicts on Russian stamps overprinted. I can guarantee that the following imaged "stamps" are counterfeit illegal stamps and guess what? Produced by the same British based producer. Do you see the pattern?

Gagauzia

Here is a link to the International Moldovan Philatelic Society page on stamps in the name of Gagauzia. It denounces all stamps made with this provinces name in any form as bogus. This means....illegal stamps. They are not Cinderella stamps.

Gagauzia Bogus (Cinderella) Stamps

Here are examples.

1998
Gagauzia 1998 Titanic Illegal Stamps

1999
Gagauzia 1999 Tigers China World Philatelic Exhibition Illegal Stamps

2000
Gagauzia 2000 Ferrari Illegal Stamps

2003
Gagauzia 2003 Pope John Paul II Illegal Stamps

Pochta PMR
Transnistria

Transnistria is being recognized by Moldova as authorized to produce local issues for internal use. Letters extending outside the province must use Moldova stamps for mailing outside of the country. Our British producer has been involved seriously for years in producing illegal stamps using this provinces name. All EUROPA stamps produced in the name of this province are not recognized by the EUROPA organizations and the province is not a member.
Finding images of the illegal stamps produced is difficult as the local issues are very similar. Possibly the producers of the local issues are one and the same? Here are examples of earlier proven illegal stamps for this region and a couple EUROPA examples. I personally would avoid buying any stamps from this province without first doing extensive research into the authenticity of the stamps in question.

1999
This image I found in the Internet Archive from a website that no longer exists. It is one of very few images that was saved by the system. I note that on this particular counterfeit stamp block the use of "noyta" is on it.

Transnistria 1999 Rabbits Illegal Stamps

Date Unknown
Here we have the illegal usage of the WWF logo. No year date applied to these fake stamps.

Transnistria Date Unknown Bears WWF Illegal Stamps

2000
This image is from a seller on eBay. The seller does not describe them as anything but local stamps. This is why you must do research before buying anything from this province. These illegal stamps are as they are described at various websites.

Transnistria 2000 Dogs Illegal Stamps

2003
Here are EUROPA stamps that are not recognized by any entity. I note the use of the word "NOYMA" versus what should be "NOYTA". I note the style of the sheets is the same as many illegal stamps produced by the British based producer.

Transnistria 2003 Europa Illegal Stamps

2005
Transnistria 2005 Bats Illegal Stamps

2009
Here we have the usage of the 2009 Astronomy logo used by the illegal stamp distributer Lollini on EUROPA stamps. This logo used on many illegal stamps. Again the styles are exactly the same.

Transnistria 2009 Space Astronomy Illegal Stamps

2016
Finally here is an example of a 2016 set of Dinosaurs. Exactly the same styles as tons of other illegal stamps produced by the British producer. You don't smell a rat?

Transnistria 2016 Dinosaurs Illegal Stamps

Should Moldova and this province ever want real status for "stamps" coming from this province they will have to create a website section on their postal website that shows the public all of the "legal" issues and every illegal issue they can find. At this point the recommended status is to avoid all Transnistria stamps without proven legitimacy.

Internal provinces and regions of the Russian Federation

The Universal Postal Union published the following Circular on July 10, 2000 denouncing illegal stamps at the request of the Postal Administration for the Russian Federation. This Circular was validated by Mr. M.S. Raman, Assistant Director General of the UPU Secretariat who was the senior officer at that time overseeing philatelic issues. The circular is number 214. Here is what was stated in the circular and a link to the actual Circular itself which has not been seen for many years by the general public.

UPU Circular Number 214 for the Russian Federation in 2000

Dear Sir/Madam

The postal administration of the RUSSIAN FEDERATION asks me to inform you of the following:

"I would like to draw your attention to our postal administration's grave concern about the illegal production and distribution of postage stamps ostensibly issued by various regions of the Russian Federation. Attached is a list of the regions in whose name illegal stamps have been issued. We were grateful to see participants attending the pilot course for Central and Eastern European countries on the promotion and development of philately, recently held in Riga (Latvia), made aware of this ever-growing proliferation of illegal stamps. We have also learned that such stamps have been openly offered for sale on the Internet for some time now.

"Not only does such a proliferation of illicit stamps do harm to philately and the Russian Federation's reputation, it also contributes to the decline of the entire philatelic market. We are therefore counting on the Universal Postal Union and the World Association for the Development of Philately (WADP) to help us find a solution to this problem immediately."

Yours faithfully,

M S RAMAN
Assistant Director-General

Annex 1

List of regions of the Russian Federation in whose name illegal stamps are being issued:

Altai Region
Amurskaya Province
Jewish Autonomous Region
Franz Josef Land
Autonomous Region of Evenkia
Republic of Kabard-Balkaria
Kamchatka Region
Karachay-Cherkessia
Autonomous Region of Koriakia
Kuril islands
Novosibirsk islands
Kolguev Island
Kunashir Island
New Land Island
Spitsbergen Island
Republic of Adygea
Republic of Bashkortostan
Republic of Buriatia
Republic of Daghestan
Republic of Ingushetia
Republic of Ichkeria
Republic of Kalmykia
Republic of Karelia
Komi Republic
Mari-El Republic
Republic of Mordovia
Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
Republic of North Ossetia
Republic of Tatarstan
Republic of Tuva
Republic of Khakasia
Russian Antarctica
Sakhalin Region
Republic of Udmurtia
Republic of Chuvashia

The Universal Postal Union published the following Circular on January 14, 2002 denouncing illegal stamps at the request of the Postal Administration for the Russian Federation. This Circular was validated by K. J. S. McKeown, Assistant Director of Communications and Postal Markets of the UPU Secretariat who was the senior officer at that time overseeing philatelic issues. The circular is number 15. Here is what was stated in the circular and a link to the actual Circular itself which also has not been seen for many years by the general public..

UPU Circular Number 15 for the Russian Federation in 2002

Dear Sir/Madam

The postal administration of the RUSSIAN FEDERATION asks me to inform you of the following:

"As a member of the Universal Postal Union, the postal administration of the Russian Federation issues postage stamps in accordance with the provisions of the Universal Postal Convention and the Letter Post Regulations.

However, there has recently appeared on world philatelic markets a large number of illicit stamp issues distributed on behalf of official territorial entities of the Russian Federation. These issues feature 'fashionable' subjects such as political figures, sports celebrities, Hollywood movie stars, etc.

The postal administration of the Russian Federation draws your attention to the fact that the regions on whose behalf these stamps have been issued form an integral part of the Russian Federation and that, according to the provisions of the UPU Regulations and Russian Federation legislation, they are not authorized to issue postage stamps independently (the list of these regions appears in the annex). All stamps issued on behalf of official territorial entities of the Russian Federation must therefore be regarded as illegal. They have no connection with the Post and cannot be used as an official means of indicating prepayment of postage.

These forged stamps are being issued by anonymous private companies operating outside Russia and have no direct connection with the official territorial entities of the Russian Federation.

The distribution of illegal postage stamps does serious moral and economic harm to the Russian Federation, discredits the Russian postal service in the eyes of the world philatelic community and encourages collectors to avoid buying not only illegal but also perfectly legal stamp issues."

Yours faithfully,

K J S McKEOWN
Director of Communications and Postal Markets

Annex

List of regions of the Russian Federation on whose behalf illegal stamps have been issued

Altai Region
Amurskaya Province
Antarctic Regions of the Russian Federation
Jewish Autonomous Region
Franz Josef Land
Autonomous Region of Evenkia
Republic of Kabard-Balkaria
Kamchatka Region
Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia
Autonomous Region of Koriakia
Kuril islands
Novosibirsk islands
Kolguev Island
Kunashir Island
Novaya Zemla
Spitsbergen Island
Republic of Adygea
Republic of Bashkortostan
Republic of Buryatia
Republic of Dagestan
Republic of Ingushetia
Republic of Ishkeria
Republic of Kalmykia
Republic of Karelia
Komi Republic
Mari-El Republic
Republic of Mordovia
Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
Republic of North Ossetia
Republic of Tatarstan
Republic of Tuva
Khakass Republic
Sakhalin Region
Republic of Udmurtia
Chechen Republic
Republic of Chuvashia

On December 6, 2010 the postal administration for the Russian Federation represented by K.J.S. McKeown (Director of Markets Developement) posted to the Universal Postal Union another circular warning of the discovery of more illegal stamps created with the country names "Kalmykia" and "Mordovia" that are on the market. The circular is number 287. You can view the circular in its entirety in the PDF file I have linked here.

UPU Circular Number 287 for the Russian Federation in 2010

On April 22, 2014 the postal administration for the Russian Federation represented by Juliana Nel (Director of Markets Developement) posted to the Universal Postal Union another circular warning of the discovery of more illegal stamps created with the country names "Altai" that are on the market. The circular is number 66. You can view the circular in its entirety in the PDF file I have linked here.

UPU Circular Number 66 for the Russian Federation in 2014

On March 16, 2015 the postal administration for the Russian Federation represented by Murray Buchanan (Director of Economic and Regulatory Affairs) posted to the Universal Postal Union another circular warning of the discovery of more illegal stamps created with the country names "Komi Republic" that are on the market. The circular is number 42. You can view the circular in its entirety in the PDF file I have linked here.

UPU Circular Number 42 for the Russian Federation in 2015

We can see there is a huge ongoing problem with counterfeit, yes counterfeit as stated by the Russian Federation, illegal stamps made in the names of the many Russian provinces and territories belonging to the Russian Federation. The listed names below are a compiling of these areas taken from the existing circulars published in the 2016 article.

According to the Philately Rough Trade article all of the older illegal stamps were produced for or by Clive Feigenbaum. We can see by the matching styles that they are indeed one and the same producer. We can see that these earlier 1990's counterfeit stamps are the beginnings of a long career in production of illegal stamps in the name of many countries that continues to this day and that much of the production is being carried on by the same family. A family that has mass produced so many illegal stamps and bogus labels to the point of complete saturation of the stamp market which has caused detrimental harm to both the victimized countries and to the stamp collecting community as a whole. That career should not be tolerated by anyone and that career needs to be ended in a permanent way....now!

The examples shown on the linked page are only a small part of what has and is being produced in the names of the provinces and republics of the Russian Federation. There are many more. These just show you what to look for in styles and names. Avoid buying any of them and avoid dealers who sell them! They are ripping you off!

GENERAL EXAMPLE OF RUSSIAN STAMPS OVERPRINTED

Here are a few examples of Russian stamps that have overprints in the names of the following republics and regions. Any Russian stamp overprinted with the named areas is a counterfeit illegal stamp as stated by the UPU circulars. Most of the overprinting was made between 1992 and 1995 although some have dating in 1996, 2003 and so forth. They are on a variety of the Russian stamps made in the 1980's through early 1990's. The counterfeit producer used them to make collectors think they were coming from the area. The stamps themselves were and are cheap to obtain mint and in bulk and the overprinting could be done for pennies. They are the original concept of illegal stamps.

Examples of Russian Stamps with Illegal Overprints
Counterfeit illegal stamps are not Cinderella stamps, local issues nor private issues. They cannot even be considered "labels". They are fake stamps in the name of real countries and provinces created by dealers intent on ripping off collectors into believing they had anything to do with the named country or province at all! They have no right to even exist at all and should be burned. Dealers intent on producing and selling them should not be allowed to exist as a stamp dealer either. It is time for all collectors and legitimate stamp dealers to unite and remove both these bogus stamps and their distributing factors (namely bad stamp dealers) from our societies, associations and stamp selling venues worldwide. They do not have the right to "sell what they want" as some of these criminal minded dealers have told me. In a legal sense, the victimized countries can take legal action on these dealers in their own country. It is time that they did.....

The following linked page shows and proves the same producer created and distributed all of the earlier illegal stamps in the name of the internal provinces and regions of the Russian Federation. There is no doubt that they are counterfeit illegal stamps that were produced outside of these locations. There is no way that all of the provinces and regions would unite and have the same producer make all of their "stamps" at the same time using the same styles and fashions as the following images prove. The criminal that did this was a mastermind in the art of deceit and to this day there are thousands of victims of this one persons greed. It is time to end the charade and make the sales and attempted sales of these by anyone end. Counterfeit goods are illegal to sell according to any legitimate countries laws. These laws must be upheld in any country that a stamp dealer resides in who is selling or attempting to sell these counterfeit goods. Because there is proof of fraudulent postal usage of some of these illegal stamps, the repeated attempts by bad dealers and others to separate the terminology of what they really are to perceive them as not being counterfeit stamps, is not to be accepted any more. They indeed are....counterfeit stamps.

One interesting note and you have to consider this.....
Basically the majority if not all Russian stamps are printed and inscribed in Russian spelling. No Russian stamps are printed in English. Just look at the overprinted Russian stamps.....do they have any English spelling saying Russia?? It only shows arrogance and a superior minded attitude on the part of the English counterfeiters who in reality are criminals that have ripped off millions of collectors worldwide for almost three decades now! Let's break down their house of cards by exposing them and their counterfeit stamps and eradicating them all from the stamp market. It can be done if unification is created and major force is enacted against them. It has already begun......

Because the number of provinces and regions within the Russian Federation is long and there are so many images, I have produced a separate page to display them. Here is the link to that page which shows example images of counterfeit illegal stamps for the following effected areas within the Russian Federation.

THE FOLLOWING PAGE ALSO HAS A HUGE NUMBER OF IMAGES SO PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH DOWNLOADING THE PAGE.

Russian Federation Counterfeit Illegal Stamps

Republic of Adygea
Altai Region

The counterfeit illegal stamps in the name of this region are also named Altaj or Altay. On the online auction venues they can be found under any of the three names.

Amurskaya Province

Most of these counterfeit stamps in the name of Amurskaya do not have year dates. Some have been stated to be from the year I place under. Whatever year they were made does not matter. Any "stamp" made under this provinces name is a counterfeit illegal stamp.

Russian Antarctica

I could not find anything on the internet other than the documenting that stamps using this name are counterfeit and illegal.

Republic of Bashkortostan

Some of the counterfeit stamps use the name Bashkiria. All stamps with these names past and present are counterfeit illegal stamps!

Republic of Buriatia

A massive number of illegal stamps have been produced in the name of this republic for years.

Republic of Chuvashia
Republic of Daghestan

Most English speaking spell the republics name Dagestan. A massive number of counterfeit illegal stamps have been produced for this republic.

Autonomous Region of Evenkia

Not a lot of counterfeit illegal stamps were made for this area.

Franz Josef Land

I could only find Russian stamps with fake overprints made between 1993 to 1996. All considered counterfeit.

Ingushia

Both Ingushia and the Republic of Ingushetia are one and the same. The counterfeit producers used both names.

Republic of Ingushetia
Republic of Ichkeria

This republic is also found using Ickeria or Ickeri as the name in searches.

Jewish Autonomous Region

The counterfeit stamps for this region were all made in the early 1990's. I could find no "modern" counterfeits.

Jewish Republic

Unlike the Jewish Autonomous Region, the Jewish Republic has a flurry of fake counterfeit stamps ranging from 1992 almost to present day!

Republic of Kabardo-Balkaria

Numerous counterfeit stamps found in searches for Kabardo, Kabardino, Balkaria, Balkar and Balkarie.

Republic of Kalmykia
Kamchatka Region
Karachevo-Cherkessia

Counterfeit stamps can also found in searches for Karachay, Karachaevo, Karatchaievo, Caratchaevo, Cherkesia and Tcherkessie.

Republic of Karelia
Karjala

Karjala is another name for Karelia and is therefore a little confusing for the stamp collector. It is the Finnish name for the republic.

Republic of Khakasia

The counterfeit illegal stamps are mainly found under searches for Khakassia, Chakasia and Hakasia.

Autonomous Region of Koriakia

Counterfeit stamps can also found in searches for Korjakija or Koriakie.

Kolguev Island
Komi Republic

A massive number of counterfeit illegal stamps to report in the name of this republic.

Kunashir Island

Part of the Kuril Islands. Only a few counterfeit stamps made with this name.

Kuril islands
Litke Islands
Mari-El Republic

Counterfeit stamps can also found in searches for Marij El.

Republic of Mordovia

A massive number of counterfeit illegal stamps to report in the name of this republic.

New Land Island

There appears to only be one set of Russian stamps overprinted in 1992-3 in the name of this island.

Republic of North Ossetia

Numerous counterfeit stamps have been produced in the name of North Ossetia.

Novosibirsk Islands

Very little produced for the Novosibirsk Islands.

Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)

A huge number of counterfeit illegal stamps were produced in the name of Sakha Yakutia.
Counterfeit stamps can also found in searches for Sakha Republic, Yakutia Republic, Yakutia-Sacha, Sacha-Yakutia, Sakha-Jakutia, Sacha Yakutia, Sacha Republic, Yakutia.

Sakhalin Region
Spitsbergen Island
Republic of Tatarstan

A massive number of counterfeit illegal stamps to report in the name of this republic.

Republic of Tuva

Counterfeit stamps can also found in searches for Touva. The counterfeit producers made a real mess of this.
A massive number of counterfeit illegal stamps to report in the name of this republic. A separation is to be made in what is real and what is not.

Republic of Udmurtia

A massive number of counterfeit illegal stamps to report in the name of this republic.

Provinces of Turkmenistan

Akhal Velayat

Not many counterfeit illegal stamps were made in the name of Akhal Velayat because the main focus of the British counterfeit producer was Turkmenistan itself. Here is all I could find.

1997-8
Akhal Velayat 1997-8 Princess Diana Illegal Stamps

1998
Akhal Velayat 1998 Illegal Stamps

1999

Apparently sold exclusively by...yes you guessed it.....Avion Stamps.

Akhal Velayat 1999 Trains Illegal Stamps

Balkan Velayat

Again, not many counterfeit illegal stamps were made in the name of Balkan Velayat because the main focus of the British counterfeit producer was Turkmenistan itself. Here is all I could find.

1997-8
Balkan Velayat 1997-8 Princess Diana Illegal Stamps

1998
Balkan Velayat 1998 Illegal Stamps

1999

This time the Cats counterfeit stamps apparently sold exclusively by...yes you guessed it again.....Avion Stamps.

Balkan Velayat 1999 Illegal Stamps

Provinces and regions of Ukraine

Ukrainian Antarctic Territories

The only item I could find on the internet in regards to counterfeit stamps in the name of the Ukrainian Antarctic Territories was this fake card.

1999
Ukrainian Antarctic Territories 1999 Illegal Stamps

Crimea

The bottom line is any stamp using the name Crimea in English or Russian is a counterfeit illegal stamp. There are no local issues no matter what any conning dealer tries to convince you of. All covers and postcards with any stamp intentionally made in the name of Crimea is fake or illegally used.
Sadly there is a ton of counterfeit stamps in the name of Crimea out there. Noting it started with Russian stamps overprinted in the early 1990's by the British producer. Pretty much stopped until 2008 when the Eastern European counterfeiters started making a mass of garbage that is still being produced to present time (2019). Here are examples.

1992-2000

There are so many fake stamps produced through these years claiming to be local issues for Crimea that it is rediculous. There are many more than shown here. They are not "scarce", they have no value as stamps and anyone trying to say they are is a liar and should not be dealt with. BEWARE!

Crimea 1992-2000 Illegal Stamps

1999

I could only find this one counterfeit stamp block made by the British producer. Of course it is at present exclusively sold on the Avion Stamps website. sorry for the rotten image. Typical of the counterfeit dealers site.

Crimea 1999 Minerals Illegal Stamps

2008

The Eastern European rats started up apparently in 2008 with this set and continue to this day. Following are examples to show you the "styles". Let's get rid of these cons!

Crimea 2008 Concorde Illegal Stamps

2011
Crimea 2011 Illegal Stamps

2012
Crimea 2012 Illegal Stamps

2014
Crimea 2014 Illegal Stamps

2016
Crimea 2016 Illegal Stamps

2017

Note the user name at the bottom. where I am getting a ton of images from. Should be removed permanently from Delcampe.

Crimea 2017 Illegal Stamps

2018
Crimea 2018 Illegal Stamps

2019

Noting the user name on eBay providing many of these images is hmaraboss777. Should be removed permanently from eBay. Probably the same dealer as on Delcampe.

Crimea 2019 Illegal Stamps

Odessa

This can be a comfusing battle for the collector without knowledge. Back in 1918 the Trident overprint was applied by favor to several older Russian stamp sets. Odessa has never been "independent" and has never made local issues since that time. As usual the British producer and apparently others produced numerous counterfeit overprint Russian stamps. Here are examples.

1992-6
Odessa 1992-6 Illegal Stamps

2013 Emperor Penguin

There is no date on this block. Guaranteed there is no Odessa "Express Mail". See the Uman counterfeits to see why this is dated 2013.

Odessa 2013 Emperor Penguins Illegal Stamps

2013

Here we have that familiar con trying to sell these fake stamps on Delcampe.

Odessa 2013 Illegal Stamps

Uman

In searching for the counterfeit stamps for Uman I could only find these. The producer I believe is located in Spain. I have seen similar counterfeits produced by this producer in the name of other countries and show them. The style matches them. This producer massively produces counterfeits in a given year. Each of the following are from "sets" of 4 to 10 different souvenir sheets. The date 2013 obtained from the Nobel prize sheet. There is no Uman "Express Mail". The images taken from numerous users on eBay and Delcampe. Most sales were closed down by the mods. Several of the users closed down.....permanently for this kind of activity.

2013
Uman 2013 Illegal Stamps

Vinnitsa

This one is a bit confusing to me as well. apparently the trident overprint "framed" means it is from Vinnitsa? Following are more counterfeits in the name of this province. Again the Spanish producer produced a mass of counterfeit stamps in the name of Vinnitsa. There again is no Vinnitsa "Express Mail". All stamps used in Vinnitsa are Ukrainian stamps.

1992-6
Vinnitsa 1992-6 Illegal Stamps

2012-2013

These are only a few examples. There are many more. The user name of one of the clowns that was offering this junk in mass on Delcampe is shown on the bottom set. Noting he has nothing for sale at the moment. Probably because he has nothing but this garbage to sell. Needs to be watched closely. The other on Delcampe is anita0602. Still running mass of this garbage calling them "Fantasy Labels". They have been denounced as counterfeit and because they use a real name of a region in Ukraine....they are counterfeit and should therefore be completely removed from Delcampe along with the user should they persist in trying to sell counterfeit goods. These people want $18-40.00 for one! Complete rip-off! Avoid buying anything from users like this!

Vinnitsa 2012-2013 Illegal Stamps

IN SUMMARY of the above, denouncements of illegal stamps have been produced and distributed so far in the name of 63 (sixty-three) official stamp issuing authorities and their 69 (sixty-nine) dependencies.

Additionally, "stamps" have been produced and distributed in the name of the following entities that are not recognized, neither by any official authority nor by any official document; it is easily concluded that such entities are fictitious, and any "stamps" produced in the name of these entities are definitely illegal productions and serve only the interests of the private companies or individuals that have produced them. So far, seven such fictitious entities have been identified. They are:

I note that all seven entities are fantasy labels. If they are not being sold as such then the dealer is trying to rip you off! I am leaving the Delcampe frames on so you can see who some of these people are. Unless they place them in the "Fantasy Labels" category they are intent on deceiving buyers. None of these users have.

Ferr Islands

I note these appear only to be made in 2009 and 2010. Note the now famous Darabeth watermark. I wouldn't buy nothing from these cons. They list them as if they are real stamps.

Ferr Islands Fantasy Labels
Ferr Islands Fantasy Labels

Island of Freedom

I only found this one huge set produced by our favorite British producer back in 2002. Seems to be exclusively offered by alphaomegaphilately located in India on eBay. Noting we have had lots of problems with this user in regards to selling forgeries and counterfeits. Also noting the same exact style as tons of counterfeit illegal stamps.

Island of Freedom Fantasy Labels
Island of Freedom World Cup Soccer Fantasy Labels (Part 1)
Island of Freedom World Cup Soccer Fantasy Labels (Part 2)
Island of Freedom World Cup Soccer Fantasy Labels (Part 3)

Island of Offences

I only found this one fantasy label obviously produced by the same producer around 2002.

Island of Offences Fantasy Labels
Island of Offences Fantasy Labels

Lapland

I only found this one fantasy label obviously produced by the same producer in 2010. Noting the illegal usage of Europa.

Lapland Fantasy Labels
Lapland Fantasy Labels

Maniland

I could not find anything with this name. It is very close to Manilaid which is the Estonia counterfeits shown earlier.

Naavland

It appears between 2009 through 2012 there was a slurry of these fantasy labels made. Some are from "sets". The Mushrooms have around 8 souvenir sheets.

Naavland 2009 Fantasy Labels
Naavland 2009 Fantasy Labels

Naavland 2010 Fantasy Labels
Naavland 2010 Fantasy Labels

Naavland 2012 Fantasy Labels
Naavland 2012 Fantasy Labels

PR Tongo

It appears they got the guy making these fantasy labels. I remember when there was a user on eBay selling many. The end result of course is that any "stamp" inscribed like these are fantasy labels.

Tonga Fantasy Labels
tonga Fantasy Labels

A number of countries who subscribe to the WNS (the WADP Numbering System of the Universal Postal Union) have made it known that "stamps" in their name that are circulating on the stamp market other than their authentic and legal stamps that they have had registered in the WNS System, should be considered illegal.

Additionally, the following countries from various regions have also witnessed the appearance of illegal stamps in their names and/or their dependencies, and are in the process of organizing the relevant denouncements to be published as UPU Circulars. These are as follows:

African and Arab Regions:

Algeria, Cabinda to be denounced by Angola, Bahrain, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq (for Kurdistan), Kuwait, Palestinian Authority, Liberia, Ste. Marie to be denounced by Madagascar, Morocco, Sao Tome-et-Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Zanzibar to be denounced by Tanzania, Togo and Zimbabwe.

Asia-Pacific Region:

Brunei, China (and Hong Kong and Macao), DPR Korea, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste and Vietnam.

Pacific Islands:

Aitutaki, Cook Island, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Norfolk Island, Penhryn (Cook Island), Solomon Islands, Tuvalu.

Caribbean Island Nations and Dependencies and South Atlantic:

Antigua, Anguilla, Aruba, Ascension Island, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, Cates of Belize, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, Cayman Isl, Curacao, Dominica, Falkland Isl (and Dependencies (ex. Bleaker Island, West Point Island, West Swan Island), Grenada, Grenada Grenadines, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis, Pitcairn Isl., Redonda, South Georgia, St. Christopher, St. Helena (also identified as St. Elena), St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent, South Georgia, Tristan da Cunha, Trinidad Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Virgin Islands.

Europe (Central, Eastern and Western):

Flandres (of Belgium); Corsica (of France); Sicilia and Sardegna (of Italy); Kosova, Macedonia; Montenegro; Serbia; Balearic Isl., Catalunya and Pais Vasco (of Spain); Bardsey Island, Eynhallow, Galf of Man, Hebrides, Islay, Isle of Jethou, Isles of Scilly, Lundy, Orkney, St. Kilda, Shetland Isl. (islands belonging to Scotland and England).

Latin and South America:

Costa Rica, Cuba, Nicaragua.

IN CONCLUSION, the stamp collector is faced with the huge problem that illegal stamps have been produced and distributed so far in the name of probably more than one hundred thirty (130) official stamp issuing authorities and their dependencies, as well as at least seven additional entities that are fictitious.

As more information is uncovered on this criminal phenomena we will update accordingly. As I state over and over again.....
Buyer AND dealer BEWARE! Please do the research BEFORE buying stamps. These criminals are fully bent on ripping you off any way they can!

References taken from:
U.P.U. IB Circulars
Article written by Maria Libera
Internet Research

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