On Geographer's Day, August 18, 2022, the Russian Geographical Society received congratulations on its 177th anniversary from around the world. Warm words to the Russian Geographical Society and congratulations to Russian geographers and travelers came from Belarus, the DPR, China, Norway, Transnistria, Uzbekistan, France.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the RGS Center in the DPR, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Republic Vladimir Antonov expressed hope that thanks to cooperation with the RGS, geography, geology, ecology and many other scientific fields will begin a new dynamic stage of their development in Donbass.
Director of the RGS Center in Transnistria, Vladimir Fomenko, admitted that for him and his colleagues geography is not just a science, it is life and love. He reminded that the Transnistria land, or rather, the city of Bendery, is the birthplace of the famous scientist Lev Berg, who headed the Geographical Society of the USSR from 1940 to 1952.
Director of the RGS Center in France Daria Loyola noted that Russia is the largest country in the world. Being both in Europe and Asia, our country is an important source for scientific and educational activities. Daria Loyola wished long years of prosperity to the Society and numerous projects to Russian scientists and travelers.
Russian Geographical Society members were congratulated by Director of the RGS Center in Serbia Miroljub Milinčić, who said that he and his colleagues had been helping to spread the ideas of the Russian Geographical Society in the Balkans for eight years. And the other day the exhibition "The Most Beautiful Country" opened in Belgrade.
Chairman of the Geographic Society of Uzbekistan Oybek Norinbaev reminded that we live in difficult times. He expressed confidence that only knowledge, science, and education can save humanity.
Chairman of the Belarusian Geographical Society Aleksey Yarotov reminded that thanks to the Russian Geographical Society Russia became the first country in the post-Soviet space where such a wonderful holiday as Geographer's Day appeared. This raises the status of a geographer as a person who forms public’s understanding of geography. Aleksey Yarotov expressed hope that the ranks of geographers will be replenished and will become a bastion of interaction between the countries.
His colleague, Chairman of the Geographical Society of China Fahu Chen, describing the relationship between his country and Russia, recalled a Chinese proverb: "A close neighbor is better than a distant relative." He said that he fully shares the idea of the Russian Geographical Society that geographers – people devoted to science and eager for discoveries – unite people all over the planet.
The famous Norwegian traveler Inge Solheim greeted the members of the RGS from the picturesque mountain valley where he lives. By his own admission, he has the warmest memories of meetings and joint work with Russian travelers and scientists. Inge admitted that he is grateful to the Russian Geographical Society for making him a member, and is proud of the status of an ambassador of the Russian Geographical Society.