Is it always necessary with a regime change, that someone, somewhere, will immediately create scads of provisional issues? Usually these have absolutely no postal validity, even if they do use actual stamps from the country or region involved.
It appears that this principle went into overtime in the former Soviet Union and people had a great deal of fun creating overprints complete with errors, slogans and the like.
I am guessing that as time passes, someone may make an attempt to document these though I doubt most would even make the classification of a "legitimate" cinderella but I thought that scanning and posting a selection that came my way in a large lot might be interesting for the members.
I do sometimes wonder where these originated in a geographic sense but beyond that, they are just one more footnote to history.
Definitive stamps of the former USSR overprinted "“ираспол№ 30-VI-92" .
These Stamps are GENUINE (except where noted below).
These stamps were intended for use on old USSR pre-paid postal stationery covers. The 20 kopeck stamps were applied to covers with a pre-printed USSR 5 kopeck stamp to give a total postal value of 25 kopecks. The 28 kopeck stamps were applied to covers with a pre-printed USSR 7 kopeck stamp to give a total postal value of 35 kopecks. Therefore these stamps can be classified as "additional tariff" stamps and as such are not included in the PMR official catalogues of general postage stamps.
These were the very first stamps produced locally by the PMR and were intended for postal deliveries within the PMR only. They were produced without the approval of the Moldovan Government in Chisinau, who, on October 21, 1992, burned 107,997 of these stamps which it had captured
Birobidjan, main city of Yevreyskaya Respublika (formerly Oblast, Jewish Autonomous Region)
"Altaiski Krai" Altai Krai (region) a Federal Republic of Russia
Vladivostok (a huge city in Soviet Far East)
I can't make out the next ones, overprinted with several names and "1993"
The next ones are Russian Federation, only valuation overprints
More Vladivostok and Altai Republic
The animals are for Zoo Assistance Fund and are marked "Vost. Sibir'" Eastern Siberia
The subs and ships overprinted "Zapolyarye" means "Polar" and could refer to Krasnoyarsk Region which runs Zapolyarye Airlines from Norilsk
The Ferns and leaves are overprinted for the Udmurt Republic in the Urals
Petroskoi is Karelian for Petrozavodsk, the capital of Karelia, and area I did research on while at university. They se-tenant stamps are dual language overprints in Karelian (Finnish, basically) and Russian.
Skip the airplane overprints and the next ones rean Novaya Zemlya, Zemlya Fr.-Yosifa (Franz-Josef), and Severnaya Zemlya. The center reads"Avia Pochta" -- Air Mail. These are the islands north of Murmansk in the Arctic Ocean and are districts in the Arkhangelsk Oblast
The bees are overprinted "Bashkiria' and probably refer to what is now Bashkortostan, a Federal Republic between the Volga and the Urals
The last set is overprinted "Tiraspol'" which is a city in Moldova.
It looks as if these may be legitimate provisional issues and not just cinderellas. Thanks for sharing them.
As warrehouse has said most of these are bogus and they would never have been anywhere near the locations that they claim to represent.
The stamps with the small writing and the large 1993 dates show a map of the southern Kuril islands north of Japan. The large island at the top is Iturop with Kunashir below it and Shikotan to the right.