of the International Scientific Public Conference
“The 80th Anniversary of the N.K.Roerich
Central Asiatic Expedition (1924-1928)”
The Annual International Scientific Public Conference “The 80th Anniversary of the N.K.Roerich Central Asiatic Expedition (1924-1928)” took place in the Moscow Centre-Museum of the Roerichs on October 9-11, 2008.
It was organized by the International Centre-Museum of the Roerichs, the International League of Culture Protection, the International Association of Funds of Peace, K.V.Frolov International Humanitarian Fund “Znanie”, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, K.E.Tsiolkovsky Russian Academy of Cosmonautics, Helene Roerich Charitable Fund. The Conference was organized with the support of the Information Centre of the UNO in Moscow.
Informational support of the conference was implemented by “The Kultura i Vremya” magazine, “The Novaya Gazeta”, “The Guberniya”, “The Khamovniki” newspapers, the “Biblio-Globus” firm.
The conference was greeted by Vice-President of the Council of Federation of the State Duma of the Russian federation M.E.Nikolayev; Vice-Chairman in Culture of the State Duma of the Russian federation Ye.G.Drapeko; Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Honoured Worker of Science of the Russian Federation, Vice-Chairman of Russian Language Council attached to President of the Russian Federation Ye. P. Chelyshev; Chairman of the Central Council of the All-Russian Social Organization “All-Russian Society of History and Culture Monuments Protection”, Honoured Worker of Culture G.I.Malanicheva; Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Honoured Worker of Science of the Russian Federation, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, Director of S.I.Vavilov Institute of History, Natural Science and Engineering of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) A.V.Postnikov; Academician, Vice-President of the National Academy of Sciences of Kirghizstan (Bishkek) V.M.Ploskikh; Director of the Information Centre of the UNO in Moscow A.S.Gorelik; President of the International League of Culture Protection, Pilot- Astronaut of the USSR, Hero of the Soviet Union V.M.Afanasyev; Vice-President of K.E. Tsiolkovsky Russian Academy of Cosmonautics, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor B.N.Kantemirov.
To the address of the Conference there came about 60 greetings from state and cultural workers, scientists, including greetings of Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Ye.M.Primakov; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Sweden A.M.Kadakin; Deputy of Prime-Minister of Republic of Tatarstan Zilya Valeeva; President of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Rector of the International University of Nature, Society and Man (Dubna), Honoured Worker of Science and Engineering of the USSR, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor O.L.Kuznetsov; General Secretary of the International Association of Study of Mongolia, Academician of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Professor Bir Shagdaryn; Chairman of the Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences T.K.Kuziev; Rector of St Clement of Ohrid Sophia University (Bulgaria), Professor Ivan Ilchev; Chairman of the Standing Commission of Representatives of the National Assembly of Republic Belarus in Education, Culture, Science and Scientific –Technical Progress V.V.Zdanovich; Director of A.S.Pushkin All-Russian Museum, Vice-President of the Russian National Committee of the International Council of Museums, Honoured Worker of Arts of the Russian Federation M.S.Nekrasov; Vice-Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea T.Umrikhina, Director of the Perm Regional Museum O.S.Yudina, and other VIPs and organizations.
In the work of the Conference there took part more than 400 members from 18 countries including 10 academicians, 10 doctors of sciences, 29 candidates of sciences. There participated scientists from Bashkiria, the Republic of North Ossetia – Alania, Khakassia, Tatarstan, many regions of Russia. Along with Russian scientists in the work of the conference there participated scientists from Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, Kirghizstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Republic of Moldova, the Ukraine, Estonia, and also from Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Israel, Spain, Italy, Lebanon, Finland, France.
At the period of the Conference there was held a creative workshop of young scientists; in the context of the social programme there took place the presentation of photoalbum of L.V.Shaposhnikova “En route of the N.K.Roerich Central-Asiatic Expedition”; opening of the complex exhibition “The 80th Anniversary of the N.K.Roerich Central-Asiatic Expedition”.
The N.K.Roerich Central-Asiatic Expedition took a special place among the expeditions and travels of the XIX-XX centuries, it can’t be compared with any of them. It passed through Sikkim, India, China, Moscow, Siberia, Altai, Mongolia, and Tibet. The expedition is of great evolution importance. During the expedition there were conducted investigations and actions connected with cosmic evolution. Nikolai Konstantinovich, Yelena Ivanovna, Yury Nikolaevich Roerichs took part in them. During the expedition unique scientific materials were gathered, first-rate artistic canvases by the brush of N.K.Roerich were created. N.K. Roerich and Yu.N. Roerichs published diaries of great scientific significance.
The reports were given by General Director of the Nicholas Roerich Museum, Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and K.E.Tsiolkovsky Russian Academy of Cosmonautics, Honoured Worker of Arts L.V.Shaposhnikova; Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences of the Russian Federation Ye.P.Chelyshev, Professor A.V.Fedotov (Bulgaria); Director of S.I.Vavilov Institute of History, Natural Science and Engineering of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, Honoured Worker of Science and Engineering, Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences A.V.Postnikov; Doctor of Philosophy, Professor A.V.Ivanov (Barnaul);
Doctor of Philosophy, Professor V.V. Frolov; Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Doctor of Biology A.G.Nazarov; Academician of K.E.Tsiolkovsky Russian Academy of Cosmonautics L.M.Gindilis; Candidate of Philosophy, Assistant Professor of Ural State University O.A.Urozhenko; Honoured Teacher of the Russian Federation R.P.Kuchuganova (Verkhny Uymon), and others.
Speakers pointed out the great evolution importance of the N.K.Roerich Central Asiatic Expedition and its high scientific merits. Geographical and historical studies, conducted en route of the expedition were unique and they introduced into science new discoveries. The most of the speakers investigated the expedition problems from the standpoint of “Living Ethics”.
At the same time the speakers mentioned that at present there become more frequent the facts of slanderous character, blackening N.K.Roerich’s activity and misrepresenting the aims of the expedition and “Living Ethics” Teaching (dissertations of V.A.Rosov and N.E.Samokhina (Moscow), I.V.Otroshchenko (Kiev). In contrast to the previous years the theses were confirmed as doctoral ones. Their appearance is the evidence of the lowering of requirements to defending theses and the lack of proper scientific preparedness in those who conducts such defenses.
While the great part of the documents and archive materials about the N.K.Roerich Central-Asiatic Expedition is illegally held in Yu.N.Roerich’s flat by a certain Vasilchik and is squandered by him.
Yet it should be noted that the N.K.Roerich Central-Asiatic Expedition is not so far officially recognized in geographical science and remains to be little known in the scientific public, there is no corresponding articles in encyclopedias. Such circumstances bring up serious scientific problems for the given and subsequent conferences.
THE CONFERENCE RESOLVES:
1. To entrust the International Centre of the Roerichs and scientific organizations cooperating with it to put the N.K.Roerich Central-Asiatic Expedition into scientific circulation as one of the most important expeditions of the XX century being of great scientific and practical significance and connected with cosmic thinking.
2. To solicit the Moscow Center of Russian Geographical Society to recognize in documents and materials of the Society the N.K.Roerich Central-Asiatic Expedition as one of the greatest and complex geographical expeditions.
3. To solicit the Higher Examination Board of the Russian Federation to repeal the decision of confirmation of the doctoral theses of V.A.Rosov about N.K.Roerich’s expeditions to Central Asia.
4. To offer the “Novaya and Noveishaya Istoriya”journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences of the Russian Federation to revoke the decision of Editorial Board concerning their refusal to edit materials about N.K.Roerich and ask them to publish the delayed articles.
5. To undertake all the measures to withdraw important documents and relics of the the N.K.Roerich Central-Asiatic Expedition from the swindler Vasilchik; Scientific Community and Roerich organizations are recommended to take an active part in this process.
6. To commission the Centre of Human Pedagogics to send the proposals to the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation and the Russian Academy of Education to introduce into curricula of secondary schools and higher educational establishments in geography the information concerning the N.K.Roerich Central-Asiatic Expedition
7. To recommend the Interregional Information- Analytical Centre to fill the Internet space with objective information about the N.K.Roerich Central-Asiatic Expedition.
8. To regard the further investigation of the N.K.Roerich Central-Asiatic Expedition problems as one of the most important aspects of study of the Roerichs creative activity.
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