History of the Society
The Russian Geographical Society has made the largest contribution to the study of European Russia, the Urals, Siberia, the Far East, the Caucasus, Iran, India, New Guinea, and polar territories. And travels to Asia brought the world's glory to the Society. Thus, during the expeditions of the Russian Geographical Society, the Tangut civilization was discovered, first in the world photographs of Tibet were made, the most important Buddhist monument of Central Asia, the cave complex of Dunhown, was researched. Discoveries of Russian travelers in East Turkestan in 1899 became a sensation at the International Congress of Orientalists in Rome.
The list of outstanding researchers, members of the Russian Geographical Society, who studied the region, includes P.K. Kozlov, N.M. Przhevalsky, G.N. Potanin, G.E. Grumm-Grzhimailo, M.V. Pevtsov, I.V. Mushketov, V.A. Obruchev, and other famous scientists and travelers. In the historical zone of the Festival, the guests of the event could learn the details of these trips and discoveries, see the originals of old maps and manuscripts. Also a unique exposition from the Scientific Archive of the Society was presented for the first time in Moscow - statuettes of idols discovered by the Russian traveler Pyotr Kozlov in the legendary city of Hara-Hoto.