We are glad that, in the 175th anniversary year for the Russian Geographical Society, on the basis of the faculty of Natural Geography of the Pridnestrovian State University named after Taras Grigorievich Shevchenko, a new foreign centre of the Russian Geographical Society was opened. We perceive its opening as a manifestation of high respect and honour to our University as a leading centre of Russian education and science in the southwestern region of the CIS.
Transnistria has always been proud of its contribution to Russian and Soviet science and culture, represented by the names of chemist Nikolai Dmitrievich Zelinsky, avant-garde artist Mikhail Fedorovich Larionov, composer Anton Grigorievich Rubinstein, surgeon Nikolai Vasilyevich Sklifosovsky and one of the presidents of the Geographic Society of the USSR Lev Semionovich Berg.
Transnistria has always been and remains an outpost of Russia on the banks of the Dniester, and the opening of the Transnistrian centre of the Russian Geographical Society will help strengthen the cultural and educational sphere of the Russian world.
I congratulate the Russian Geographical Society on this significant anniversary and wish you new achievements in science and success in the patriotic education of the young generation for the good of great Russia.