The national postal operator of Russia, Russian Post (Pochta Rossii), is a state-owned company responsible for delivering mail and packages across the country. It also issues postage stamps. With its headquarters in Moscow, Russian Post has an extensive network of over 42,000 post offices and employs around 390,000 people.
In 2012, Russian Post delivered an impressive mail volume, including over 2.4 billion items, over 54 million parcels, and more than 100 million money transfers. As a founding member of the Universal Postal Union established in 1874, Russian Post actively participates in international postal cooperation.
Throughout its history, Russian Post has undergone several organizational changes. In 1902, the Main Postal Service became part of the Ministry of the Interior, and in 1917, it became part of the Ministry of Posts and Telegraphs under the Provisional Government. In 1996, the Russian government took a significant step by ending the state postal monopoly on certain postal services, which led to the emergence of commercial postal companies in Russia and introduced competition into the postal market.