Sheets of postage stamps bearing the portrait of the late Hungarian Premier Imre Nagy, were being prepared in Athens, Greece, Dec. 8, prior to their same day issue in answer to a recent issue of Russian stamps depicting Manoli Glezos.
GV. of the Acropolis
SV. PAN up rocks leading to extreme point of the rock
GV. Extreme point of rock
CU. Stamp of Manoli Glezos received from Moscow
CU. Stamp of Imre Nagy
SV.PAN.. Stamps being printed
SCU. Nagy stamps on printing machine
LV. Collected from printing machine
SV. Being put on perforating machine
SCU. Nagy stamps on perforating machine
CU. Nagy stamps
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Background: Sheets of postage stamps bearing the portrait of the late Hungarian Premier Imre Nagy, were being prepared in Athens, Greece, Dec. 8, prior to their same day issue in answer to a recent issue of Russian stamps depicting Manoli Glezos.
What has become known as the Greco-Soviet "stamp-war" was sparked off several weeks ago when Russia decided to use philately as a means of honouring Greek Communist editor Glezos in the face of a Greek court which sent him to prison for five years on charges of co-operation with Communist spies. Glezos became a war-time hero when he tore down a German flag from the Acropolis during World War two occupation. His trial this year caused vehemence on both sides of the 'Iron Curtain'.
When strong Greek protests against the Soviet propaganda measure remained unheeded, the Greek Government felt that retaliatory action was called for. The postage stamp portrait of Imre Nagy, Hungary's Prime Minister executed after the uprising in October 1956, is expected to be a particularly painful thorn in the flesh, since Soviet Premier Khrushchev has only recently gone all out to impress on Budapest factory workers how "justified in the face of history" "Russia had been to "crush the counter-revolutionary forces" in Hungary.