The decision to dissolve the BSRP as at 31 December 2023 was taken by the Acting President and Society Committee. Minutes attached
1. Welcome – host Neil Ritchie
2. Gilbert Rios – The maritime trade in wheat between Russia and Europe in the middle of the 19th century
Now retired, Gilbert was Professor, Head of the Chemical Engineering Department at the School of Chemistry of the University of Montpellier and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (London). He worked actively for more than 15 years in various research programs for the European Commission and UNESCO.
3. Neil Ritchie – Illustrated Field Post postal stationery WW2
I’m a retired Architect living in Sheffield UK. My collecting interests include WW1 Russian and Finnish censorship marks, Allied Intervention into Russia, WW2 Pictorial Soviet Fieldpost stationery, Latvian Ruble period 1918-1922, Poland (mainly 1944-45 plus a few other periods). In addition, I have put together a collection of WW1 Canadian Military 1914-1919 from mobilization, the first contingent, the western front, Canadian military railways in France and finishing with their part in the Allied Intervention into Russia. I own an undeveloped collection of the Spanish Civil War and I am the editor of the Spanish Study Circle magazine “Espana”, in spite of knowing very little about Spanish Philately, but it’s a quick way to learn. I was introduced about ten years ago to the BSRP by Edward Klempka and managed to attend some of the pre-Covid London meetings.
4. Neil Ritchie will then open up the meeting for members to either show items of WW2 or otherwise a couple of items that they are currently working on.
How to join the meeting
Meeting ID: 831 3906 7930
1. Welcome – Host Neil Ritchie
2. Simon Horecký – Postal History of Volga German Republic (15 mins)
Born in 1993, graduated in 2019 with a degree in International Relations, History and Politics. Specialising in history and politics of Czechoslovakia, and Eastern Europe region in the 20th century. Currently working in the family real estate business. Redactor and member of the board of the Czecho-Slovak Society of Russian Philately. Interest in Russia/Soviet postal history up until 1960 with particular interest in items connected with WW2.
3. Ivo Steijn – Crimea under German occupation, 1941-1944 (15 mins)
Ivo Steijn is a regular contributor to our Zoom meetings and his professional and informative presentations have been very well received. Ivo works as a director for a bank in California and lives in Los Angeles. His collecting interests include Crimean postmarks, Siberian postal history of the Civil War period, and various post-Soviet states like Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Turkmenistan. He has been a BSRP member since the late 19th century (only a slight exaggeration!) and has fond memories of the meetings at the Union Jack Club, back when he still lived in the Netherlands.
4. Gilbert Rios – The use of the word “zavod” on Russian Cancellations (10 mins)
Now retired, Gilbert was Professor, Head of the Chemical Engineering Department at the School of Chemistry of the University of Montpellier and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (London). He worked actively for more than 15 years in various research programs for the European Commission and UNESCO. His main interests are in postal history of Imperial Russia (and to a lesser extent, pre-1900’s Swiss philately or German old states).
How to join meeting
Meeting ID: 831 3906 7930
Robin joined the BSRP in the early 1960’s and over the course of the 70’s held the offices of Treasurer, BJRP Editor and Librarian. As “Father of the Society” he was unanimously elected to the presidency at our last AGM. Robin was the author of more than 20 journal articles demonstrating his very broad interest in the whole Russian area and a particular enthusiasm for Latvia.
We are thankful for his significant contribution both to the Society and to Russian philately over many years.” Terry Page