In Moscow, at Lomonosov building of Moscow State University regular, the XV Congress of the Russian Geographical Society started.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Society, Russian President Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Geographical Society Sergei Shoigu, 226 delegates from across the country, and honored guests are taking part in the Congress.
"Dear colleagues and friends, one of the main goals of our Congress is to summarize the activities of the Russian Geographical Society for the past 5 years - said Shoigu. - All you know well the history of the Society, what was its line in different periods. And of course you remember a long period of stagnation, unacceptable for such a unique organization, in which it was staying during the last few decades. Today, I want to thank everyone who at the Special Congress in 2009 has decided to renew the Russian geographical Society and entrusted me to lead this important work. "
The Congress is the supreme governing body of the All-Russian public organization, the oldest public organization of the country. It is attended by delegates elected by regional and local branches of the Society, members of the Governing Council, delegates of the Academic Council, the Council of Elders and the Council of Regions.
At the XV Congress of the Russian Geographical Society President of the Society Sergei Shoigu will deliver a report on the work of the organization in 2010-2014. Elections of the President of the Society, members of the Governing Council, the Academic Board and the Audit Committee will be held. The Congress will also address a number of operational issues.
11 friendly geographical societies of the world - Armenian, Azerbaijan, Belarusian, Spanish, Italian, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Chinese, Serbian, Turkish and of the Czech Republic sent their compliments to the Congress.
Photo: Ilya Melnikov