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28 May 2021

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Russian-Mongolian relations

Several anniversaries in Russian-Mongolian relations are being celebrated in 2021: the century of establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, the 50th anniversary of the Mongolian Consulate General in Irkutsk and the 40th anniversary of Mongolian cosmonaut Jugderdemidiin Gurragchaa's space-flight.

The first legal fundamentals of bilateral cooperation between the two countries were laid as far back as in November 1921. A special contribution to the development of Mongolian national economy was made by graduates of many Irkutsk universities including Irkutsk Institute of National Economy, Irkutsk Polytechnic and Pedagogical Institutions. Commodity turnover between the Irkutsk region and Mongolia is about $ 4 million nowadays. It was discussed at a meeting with representatives of the Mongolian authorities, industry and business during video conferencing between Ulan Bator and Irkutsk.

Deputy Speaker of Legislative Assembly of the Irkutsk region, Kuz'ma Aldarov,noted that Irkutsk Institute of National Economy was the basis for preparation of Mongolian specialist, and communications between countries are supported up to the present. The parliamentarian spoke about Friendship Month in the Ust-Ordyn Buryat Autonomous District, in which schoolchildren studied Economics and Mongolian culture, got acquainted with cuisine and traditions of the Mongolian people.

In Russia people are still proud of their grandfathers' and great grandfathers' battles at Khalkhin-Gol, and in Mongolia they are proud of education they received in the USSR. They don't forget that Mongolia was the first country which offered a helping hand in 1941. At that time Mongolian peasants and craftsmen sent to the Western front about 1 million pairs of fur coats and warm boots for the Red Army soldiers.

The participants of video conferencing were greeted on behalf of Victor V. Ignatenko, Rector of Baikal State University, by Vice-Rector for Development Anna P. Kireenko and Vice-Rector for International Relations Mikhail P. Kuz'min. The administration of BSU noticed that this year also marks the 95th anniversary of the start of training of professional personnel for Mongolia by Irkutsk universities. During this time about 5000 specialists have been trained, many of whom have become prominent figures in their country. Baikal State University was a pioneer on this trail. One of the first graduates of Irkutsk Institute of National Economy, and now BSU, was in 1938 the outstanding Mongolian politician - Yumjaagiin Tsedenbal. BSU is also proud that its alumnus is the current Chairman of State Great Khural in Mongolia - Gombojavyn Zandanshatar.

Furthermore, Mikhail P. Kuz'min emphasized that there is the Center for Mongolian Studies at BSU, on the basis of which the major international projects are implemented. Such projects allow to strenghthen the scientific position of Russian Mongolian studies in the world and to consolidate the role of Irkutsk as one of the centers of world Mongolian studies.

The Russian House in Ulan Bator together with the "Mongolia-Russia" Friendship Society holds online relay with the subjects of the Russian Federation "Together for 100 years", which will last till October 2021. It will be attended by Russian and Mongolian statesmen and public figures, governors and heads of aimaks, representatives of science and culture, public organizations of the two countries and graduates of Russian and Soviet higher educational institutions.