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.


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