|Aunus is an area of Greater Karelia, bordering
Finland & Russia, northwest of St. Petersburg. It is a large area,
poor, rural with scattered farms. The population about the time of the
Finnish and Russian Civil Wars was predominately Finnish speaking and in
1919 they sought protection from the Finnish government from the
Bolsheviks; requested military aid (some volunteers were sent and
several small skirmishes were fought) hoping that Finland would annex
their territory. Of course, this didn't happen and eventually Karelia
was absorbed into the Soviet Union. There were other efforts of the
ethnic Finns in Russia to breakaway, but these efforts also failed.
Aunus stamps represented "independence" but they were
primarily issued to raise money to support the volunteer corps fighting
the reds. Aunus stamps are listed in Scott, Norma and Facit.