A roundtable discussion “The paths of great accomplishments. From the Tsardom of Russia to the Great Russian Power ” was held on December 10th, at the Moscow Headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society. The event was held as a part of the festival "The Far East Days in Moscow". The participants discussed joint project activities and the implementation of grant initiatives aimed at studying, preserving and popularizing the history of the development of Siberia and the Far East.
The roundtable was attended by the representatives of the Russian scientific community, the government of Moscow, federal subjects of the Russian Federation, the media, public organizations and diasporas. Welcoming speech was given by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) to the President of the Russian Federation, First Deputy Chairman of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Andrey Fedotov. On behalf of the Russian Geographical Society, the event was attended by the Honorary President of the Russian Geographical Society, Vladimir Kotlyakov, and Deputy Executive Director of the Society, Alexey Tikhomirov.
"The Russian Geographical Society has always paid attention to Yakutia. For a long time, this region has played an important role in the life of our country. It is symbolic that this is the largest subject of the largest country in the world. Despite the permafrost and difficult climate, Yakutia has enormous natural resources, and strong, seasoned people live on the territory, " said Vladimir Kotlyakov.
The roundtable participants discussed a number of topics. Among them are the role of the discovery and development of the territories of Siberia, the Far East and Russian America in the formation of Russian statehood; the influence of scientific research on the development of the northern and Arctic territories of Russia; the role of the peoples of Russia in the development of Russian territories. Also at the event was a presentation of the historical and geographical project "Towards the 400th anniversary of the Yakutia becoming a part of Russia. How Russia "accreted" Siberia and the Far East."
In addition, participants in the roundtable summed up the work on the historical series "The paths of great accomplishments." This is an interregional project aimed at popularizing the accumulated knowledge on the history of development of northeast Asia, the Far East, the Pacific coast, and the Arctic. To date, as part of the project, a six-volume popular science publication “The paths of great accomplishments” has been released. The representatives of Yakutia, Primorye, Kamchatka, Amur, Sakhalin, Magadan and Khabarovsk - including regional branches of the Russian Geographical Society of Yakutia and Primorye - took part in working on it.
According to the author and project manager, Georgy Nikonov, in the future it is planned to release additional volumes devoted to the paths of great accomplishments of the ancestors, the Northern Sea Route; the discovery and development of diamond, gold-bearing, coal deposits; and other fateful events in the Far East. In addition, based on the historical series, they can make a historical documentary about the history of the development of the Far East and the Arctic.