Berne, 17 June 2002
International Bureau Circular 229
Tajikistan - Illegal issues of postage stamps
The postal administration of TAJIKISTAN asks me to inform you of the
"As a member of the Universal Postal Union, the postal administration
of Tajikistan issues postage stamps in accordance with the provisions
of the Universal Postal Convention and the Letter Post Regulations.
"However, a growing number of illegal issues, produced in the name
of the postal administration of Tajikistan, are available on philatelic
markets worldwide. The themes selected for these issues are popular with
the general public: politicians, famous athletes, Hollywood stars, etc.
"All these issues produced in the name of the Republic of Tajikistan
should be considered as illegal. They have nothing to do with the Post
and cannot be used for prepayment.
"These forgeries are being made by private companies outside Tajikistan.
"The dissemination of these illicit issues causes serious moral and
economic damage to the Republic of Tajikistan and discredits the postal
service of Tajikistan in the eyes of the international philatelic community,
with the result that collectors avoid buying not only illegal issues but
also absolutely legal ones."
The list of illegal issues produced in the name of Tajikistan is attached.
K J S McKEOWN
Director of Communication and
List of illegal issues produced in the name of Tajikistan
1. John Paul II (sheetlets of 6 stamps)
2. Bruce Lee (sheetlets of 9 stamps)
3. Queen Mother's hundredth birthday (sheetlets of 9 stamps)
4. Formula 1 (sheetlets of 9 stamps)
5. Michael Jordan, basketball player (sheetlets of 9 stamps)
6. Captain America (sheetlets of 9 stamps)
7. Fantastic Four (sheetlets of 9 stamps)
8. Harry Potter (sheetlets of 9 stamps)
9. Osama bin Laden (sheetlets of 9 stamps)
10. Motor sport (sheetlets of 9 stamps)
11. Royal Wedding in the Netherlands (sheetlets of 9 stamps)