Hello, my name is Andrey Vasiunin. I'm from Russia. My hobby is to collect cigarette tax stamps all over the world and I do this from 2001.You can read small story of my collection, written for my first web-site (www.akciza.narod.ru) in 2005:
.... Likely it is necessary to begin that since the childhood I liked to collect. Tried to collect everything, that "shone": both badges, and candy wrappers from cuds, and toys... Then, any time later I have taken a great interest in a collecting of phrases "I Love You " in different languages! Has typed quite good enough collection, but then in one magazine, and on the Internet, has found out the same collection, only it was more grand! The Desire to collect this phrase was gone!...
... It was july 2001, warm pleasant summer day, I carefree sat on wood bench near my family summer house and smoked a cigarette (I smoked that time) ! The Middle of July, nowhere to hurry up - the life is fine! Sat, listened to singing birds and turned cigarette pack in my hands! And here my sight has fallen to tax stamp, I have started it to consider and in detail to study! It so has liked me, I unstuck it and put in wallet..., I do not know what for...!
... Later this year I had an opportunity to visit Czech Republic, and what there was my amazement when on their packs I have seen tax stamps too! Unstuck it and put in wallet too, near Russian! On arrival home, in friend's organizer I saw stamps from Italy and Spain! Well here all also begun! I took my stamps and began to compare with friend's! And then, having elicited at it "trophies" from abroad, has put all stamps in small album! At other friend has seen stamp from Latvia (it was as a bookmark). He has simply presented it to me and also later brought stamp for Poland! Process has gone, I have told to all friends about new hobby, they began to help, who as: have brought stamps from Greece, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Germany, Azerbaijan! I asked all, if who somewhere goes, to bring to me a pack or stamp! Somehow time on work has been compelled to lead all the day at customs! And there were truckers from the different countries... a lot of! I has considerably filled up the collection. Then specially there still some times came! Hardly later the destiny has reduced me with one very known collector of cigarettes packs, and simply good person - Potapenko Vladimir from Ukraine! Owing to it I have considerably expanded the collection, I had marks of the rare countries. Thanks to him!!!
... Well here likely on this place it would be necessary to stop, as here the history passes in the validity! I have tried to state how was, and have mentioned only the most significant facts from history of my collecting! I am grateful absolutely to all friends familiar, close, to relatives who support me and help me! Many thanks to collectors with which I make exchanges and as to conductors and drivers who brought to me packs! THANKS!
...It has been a long time since the moment of writing of previous article. I have got still a considerable quantity of acquaintances and friends in the field of a collecting. I recieve stamps from all parts of the world, and many do it absolutely gratuitously! As I have managed to adjust quite good system of exchanges with collectors of cigarette packs. My foreign friends send to me not only stamps, but also packs from the different exotic countries that serves as remarkable "currency" in my business. I change packs for tax stamps! I wuold like to thank everybody who helps me and makes with me exchanges! Likely I will repeat, but THANKS!!!