Tuesday 29 October 2019
90 years since the birth date of Yevgeny Primakov, the outstanding scientist, politician, and academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences
“I firmly decided to be fully harnessed,
Until I run out of breath, until I fall,
And if it becomes unbearably hard,
Even then I won’t get off the road” (Y.M. Primakov)
Yevgeny Primakov was appointed to the post of director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in December 1977 and worked in this position for more than eight years, until 1985.
At that time, our Institute was engaged more in classical oriental studies: history, philosophy, the languages of the East …
Yevgeny Primakov reoriented the Institute in a short time to multidimensional oriental studies. Realizing the importance of the traditional cycle, he laid the main emphasis to the present. He began to develop actively the informational and analytical work. He introduced new research methods (mathematical, method of situational analysis). The institute became highly demanded by public authorities. And today our organization continues this tradition, sending annually about 400 analytical notes to the country's leadership.
The Institute of Orienal Studies was awarded solemnly the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, a few years after Yevgeny Primakov came to the post of the Director of the Institute.
Arriving at the Institute Yevgeny Primakov introduced a completely new stream that united and inspired people to solve the most important and acute scientific problems. The new director brought to the Institute a lot of talented young people, international journalists, diplomats, retired ambassadors, created new research areas and departments that were engaged in science at a new modern level …
A brilliant arabist, a deep connoisseur of the Middle East, Yevgeny Primakov managed to feel and understand both the East as a whole and the regions very far from the Arab East - Southeast Asia, India, China …
Yevgeny Primakov had remarkable human qualities. With a wonderful sense of humor, surprisingly friendly, not indifferent to people, always ready to help the employees of the Institute: get medicines, arrange in a hospital or a kindergarten ... He created the necessary base for people to work calmly and enthusiastically.
In a short time, Yevgeny Primakov made the Institute a modern thinking scientific center, authoritative and influential. He set all of us at a very high standard, and the Institute is trying hard to maintain it today …
The bright memory of this outstanding person will forever remain with us.
On October 29th, the Institute’s leadership was invited to the State Duma at the grand opening of the exhibition dedicated to the 90th birthday of Y.M. Primakov. At the opening ceremony of the exhibition the following people gave speeches: V.V. Volodin, the Chairman of the State Duma and the heads of all parliamentary factions: S.I. Neverov, V.V. Zhirinovsky, G.A. Zyuganov, S.M. Mironov. From the leadership of the Institute it was proposed to give a speech to N.G. Romanova, the Deputy Director for Science. Also T.L. Shaumyan, the head of the Center of Indian Studies, who worked with Y.M. Primakov for many years was present at the exhibition.
On October 29th, the Institute’s management was invited to the grand opening of the monument to Y.M. Primakov in the square opposite the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The event was attended by V.V. Putin, the President of the Russian Federation and the first persons of the country.