Saturday, January 19, 2008

Stamp causes political embarrassment

According to Radio Free Europe, "Every president wants to be popular. But one of the latest public-relations efforts launched by Moldova's Communist leader, a postage stamp bearing his image, has caused little more than embarrassment."

According to an article that appears on their website, the stamps hint at a degree of political wishful thinking on Vladimir Voronin's part, featuring a formal portrait of the 66-year-old leader against a blue backdrop, with the words "Council of Europe" (of which Moldova is a member) and a ring of stars suggestive of the logo of the EU (of which it is not).

The stamps have been available for some time. Shortly before Christmas, however, all other stamps abruptly disappeared from post offices across the country, forcing many reluctant Moldovans to paste President Vladimir Voronin's visage on their holiday greetings.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM