Postage philatelic production accompanies all Olympic Games since 1896. Postage stamps issued by the host country are an essential attribute of all the Games and with no doubt are the most valuable exhibit of philatelic collections. The agreement between the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee and Russian Federal agency of communications provides for a large-scale philatelic program in 2011-2014.
By the start of the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games 4 postage blocks, 45 postage stamps with different subjects, cartes-maximums, postcards and sets of all issued postage stamps artistic covered will be output. Winter sports, Olympic sport venues and landscapes of Krasnodar region will be used as subjects for postage production.
All philatelic production with Sochi 2014 symbols will be sold through the offices of the Russian Post allover the country. Moreover the Russian Post provides its clients with the possibility to make up a subscription, which will allow getting all postages and other philatelic production of Olympic and Paralympic thematic till 2014.
On March 15, 2011 presentation and ceremony of memorable cancellation of postage block of stamps "Sochi – host city of XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014" was held. Output of this postage block is to start selling a series of philatelic production dedicated to the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014. During the video-bridging between Moscow and Sochi, Sochi 2014 President and CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy head of Federal agency of communications Dmitry Panyshev, General Director of the Russian Post Alexander Kiselev and major of Sochi Anatoly Pakhomov postmarked and autographed the first stamp.
An official emblem of the XXII Olympic Winter Games against the background of snow-covered mountains of Krasnaya Polyana and stylized Torch with ribbons of Olympic colors are placed on the presented postage block. The postage block has 120 000 copies and will be distributed through post offices throughout Russia.