Republik Karelien 
Карелия - Karjal - Karelia
ehemaliger UDSSR-Staat

A Soviet district east of Finland. During 1921-22, an autonomous government briefly issued stamps until its suppression by the Soviets. During 1941-43, the area was occupied by Finland, at which time overprinted Finnish issues and one semipostal were used. 

A number of overprinted Soviet stamps appeared on the market in the early 1990s, supposedly local overprints for Karelia. They are private productions.

Attention; This website includes images of unofficial/illegal issues which have no official status and as such are not recognised by the U.P.U. They are known collectively as "Cinderellas". They are not listed in the stamp catalogues, and you are strongly advised not to purchase such issues.

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