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20th March 1992

Europe 59


perf 12x12½, no wmk, lithographed
Printed at the Russian State Printing Works, Moscow

Description   Scott# SG# Mi# Y&T#  
1 rouble multi   1 1      

Wikipedia [1], "In the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Belarus declared independence as the Belarusian People's Republic, succeeded by the Socialist Soviet Republic of Byelorussia, which became a founding constituent republic of the Soviet Union in 1922 and was renamed as the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (Byelorussian SSR). Belarus lost almost half of its territory to Poland after the Polish-Soviet war of 1919-1921. Much of the borders of Belarus took their modern shape in 1939 when some lands of the  Second Polish Republic were reintegrated into it after the  Soviet invasion of Poland and were finalized after World War II."

Continuing from Gibbons [2], Formerly Belorussia, a republic of the Soviet Union Kazakhstan declared its independence in 1991.

Link: Breakup of the USSR

White Russia
1920 unissued

White Russia

Before the Belarus listing, Scott [3] states that "Five denominations, perf and imperf, of this design produced in 1920 were not put in use. Value $5. Forgeries abound."