Many thanks to Lera for this wonderful cover sent from the fifth largest city in Russia, Nizhny Novgorod! Posted on Aug 12, 2012, this cover took 87 days to reach me! (received it today).
The lovely miniature sheet was issued on Feb 6, 2009 to commemorate the 175th Birth Anniversary of D. I. Mendeleev. A Russian chemist and inventor, Mendeleev is credited as being the creator of the first version of the periodic table of elements. Using the table, he predicted the properties of elements yet to be discovered.
The beautiful stamp affixed on the lower left belongs to a set of three, entitled "Riding Habits for Ladies, Sidesaddle Riding", issued in 2004. Sidesaddle riding is a form of equestrianism that uses a type of saddle which allows a rider (usually female) to sit aside rather than astride a horse, mule or pony. Sitting aside dates back to antiquity and developed in European countries in the Middle ages as a way for women in skirts to ride a horse in a modest fashion while also wearing fine clothing.
The silver colored stamp was issued on July 12, 2006 to mark the 75th Anniversary of the State Trust "Articcoal".
Last but not least, the 0.50 RUB fox stamp belongs to the fifth issue of definitives featuring native animals of Russia Federation.
In addition, Leza enclosed this beautiful postcard of Saint Basil's Cathedral in the Red Square of Moscow. Would love to visit this iconic landmark one day!