17 февраля 2017 года, сформирован Совет Центра развития Русского географического общества в Сербии.
Душан Баятович, председатель Совета
Владимир Колосов, заместитель председателя Совета
Бранислав Груич, член
Слободан Сречкович, член
Деян Павлович, член
Эмир Кустурица, член
Радойка Ковач, член
Owing to Dejan Spaić, Development Center of Russian Geographical Society in Serbia received a unique copy of a book by Johan Hubner (German: Johann Hübner; Russian: Иоганн Гюбнер) German geographer, historian, educator, and genealogists (1668-1731), titled Short Questions from Old and New Geography (original title: Kurtze Fragen aus der Neuer und alten Geographie; Russian translation: Земноводнаго круга краткое описание из старыя и новыя географии). This valuable work is probably the oldest geography textbook from the early period of the enlightenment and certainly a one with the largest number of publications (36) and translations in almost all major European languages of XVIII and XIX century. For a long time, it was respected as a one of the best and most authoritative textbooks of geography. The first edition in German was printed in 1693 in Leipzig, and it was translated into Russian on the order of the Tsar and Grand Duke Peter I. The book was translated between 1711 and 1716, and the first Russian edition was published in April 1719 in Moscow. A copy which now belongs to Development Center of Russian Geographical Society in Serbia is handwritten with dimensions of 230 mm x 190 mm. The book has the intensely engraved monogram of Romanov dynasty and is signed by a copyist monk Nikodim. Work on this copy of the book was completed in 1774 during the reign of Catherine II the Great.
On December 24th, 2016, the activity of collecting and giving as presents valuable church books was resumed in the lobby of Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade. On this occasion, Dejan Spaić, in the presence of representatives of Development Center of Russian Geographical Society in Serbia, donated to the Moscow Patriarchate and Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade valuable and old Russian Orthodox books - two large Typicons, in fact, two church constitutions. Both of them were complete, each one with 450 pages, wooden covers, and leather binding. Dimensions of the books are 350 × 225 × 70 mm. One was printed in 1849 during the reign of Tsar Nicholas I Pavlovich and the other in 1859 during the reign of his son, Tsar Alexander II. Books were printed in black and red - typical for ecclesiastical literature. They begin with the text of the glory of God, the reigning Tsar, and his nobility.
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On December 7th, 2016, due to a mediation of Center of Russian Geographical Society in Serbia, contact was established and a meeting was held between Mr. Dejan Spaić and an elder of Podvorye of Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade, archpriest Vitaly Tarasyev. On this occasion, Dejan Spaić, in the presence of the Director of Development Center of Russian Geographical Society in Serbia, donated to the Moscow Patriarchate and Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade valuable and old Russian Orthodox books, as follows: Trebnik (XVIII century), Psalter (1746 - printed in Chernigov), and Lives of the Saints for June, July and August (1737). On this occasion, the future cooperation was established between the Moscow Patriarchate, Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade, Development Center of the Russian Geographical Society in Serbia, and Mr. Dejan Spaić. Cooperation will primarily relate on mapping, collecting, and preserving Russian cultural heritage in Western Balkan.
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Visit to the Russian Geographical Society – Saint Petersburg 24/6/ 2016