1889, 8 March
Due to the bad financial situation and the devaluating of the Rubel, 8 March 1889 new rates were introduced for mail abroad (in the Asiatic parts of Russia 1 April 1889):
Letters abroad 10 k. per lot (15 gram)

Letter from Vilnius-Voksal to Germany (27 November 1913), with the new abroad-tariff: 10 kop.

Postcards abroad 4 k.
Registering abroad 10 k. for 1 item

Letter from Vilnius to Paris, 1-8-1913. The letter is registered. This you can see of course from the registry label of 'Vilna-centrale', but also right above on the cover is handwritten:
The first -reported- registration label in Russia is used 3 January 1899 and almost all are in Cyrillic script. Later, from 1900, for internal mail are used labels with Cyrillic З, short for ЗАКАЗНАЯ. For mail going abroad are used labeld with the latin R, short for the French indication Recommandée. Only in Moscow this kind of labels with R were already used in 1899.

Tariff abroad 10 k. + registering 10 k.

1913, 9 October: introduction of the metric system by the Russian Post: 1.17 lots or 15 gram exactly.

1914, 21 September
Due to World War I the rates were put up:
Letters inland 10 k. per 15 gramme
Register 10 k.

1917, 15 August again up:
Letters inland 15 k. per 15 gramme
Postcards 5 k.
Register 20 k.

1917, 1 September
All rates were doubled, but in the confusion this is not applied everywhere.


In the Russian Empire all official instititions (departments, tsar-family, local authorities) were free of port fee payments. So also the churches had postage freedom:

In tsaristic postmarks we see the Lithuanian place Šakiai indicated as ШАКИ (SHAKI). This last name is more like the German indication Schaken. The Polish name is Szaki.
The place is situated in the government Suwalki, СУВАЛКСКАЯ (SUWALKSKAYA).

Picture (JPEG resized to 60 %) send by M. Lam

With on the backside a church postmark:
The church postmark.

See also Kaunas: frankfree