Sochi marked in stamps

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New stamps have been issued in Russia to commemorate Sochi's status as the 2014 Winter Olympics host.

Stamp collectors in Russia have got a good chance to become the first owners of the Sochi – Capital of the 22nd Olympic Games 2014 stamp. A memorable seal stamp set ceremony was held simultaneously in Moscow and Sochi. Since 1896 all organisers of the Olympic Games have been issuing stamps on the occasion. These miniatures, dedicated to the competitions of the best athletes of the world, add more pearls to the stamp collections of their owners, the president of the Sochi–2014 Organising Committee Dmitry Chernyshenko said. " Our series, 'Sochi – 2014' includes 45 topics, which contain information about the beautiful city of Sochi, about its unique nature, about unique innovation sports facilities, which will be built there, and of course, about the winter Olympic sports. We also plan to use our wonderful mascots, which will promote both the image of Sochi and the Sochi – 2014 project all over the world. " The new stamp set pictures the official emblem of the 22nd Olympic Games amid the little mountain area, named Krasnaya Polyana, which is under snow now, and a stylised torch in Olympic colours. The new stamp set will be an edition of 120, 000 copies, which will be distributed via the post offices all over Russia as four stamp sets, 45 stamps with different plots, postcards, and also sets of postage stamps in the art cover. The post offices in Russia will sell the whole stamp collection containing the symbols of the 2014 Sochi Games.

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