A postcard with an original stamp was issued in honor of the 200th birthday anniversary of Admiral Grigory Butakov, a member of the Imperial Russian Geographical Society. The postal products were released as part of the “History of the Russian Armed Forces” series by the Federal Communications Agency and “Marka” JSC with the support of the Russian Geographical Society. The circulation amounted to 7.5 thousand units.
Grigory Ivanovich Butakov (1820–1882) was Russian naval figure, naval commander, adjutant general, admiral, the father of steam-powered ship tactics, explorer of the Black Sea, member of the Russian Geographical Society. During the Crimean War of 1853, commanding the steamer frigate "Vladimir", he captured the Turkish steamer "Pervaz Bahri". In 1855, Butakov was appointed chief of staff in Nikolaev, in 1856 – the High Chief of the naval unit in Nikolaev and the Military Governor of Nikolaev and Sevastopol. From 1860 almost until the end of his service, he was in the Baltic Fleet.
The original stamp presents images of Russian soldiers of different eras; the main image shows a portrait of Butakov and the steamer frigate "Vladimir". In addition to issuing a postcard with the original stamp, “Marka” JSC produced special cancellations for Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sevastopol.
Solemn cancellation of the stamp was supposed to take place at the Headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as at the Kostroma Regional Department of the Society, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the events are postponed indefinitely.
Note that the birthplace of Grigory Butakov is the Kostroma region (province). The Kostroma Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society is actively engaged in studying the activities of the admiral and popularizing the history of the entire famous maritime Butakov dynasty. For example, the branch issued postcards, calendars; designed information stands, published historical materials telling about the life and work of the Butakovs. A book about the Butakovs – "The Kostroma Ocean. Three Centuries of Butakov Sailors" – was published last year. It was written by local historian, member of the Kostroma branch of the Russian Geographical Society, O.V. De-Ribas.
You can purchase the postal products at the "Collector" salon network and from the online store rusmarka.ru.