Various geographical maps of Russia marked ?classified? may be soon declassified. Alexander Prussakov, deputy head of the former Russian Federal Service of Geodesy and Cartography, has called for the removal of secrecy from a number of maps. He was speaking at a press conference one day before the Day of the Land Surveyor, a special day to honor those involved in geodesy and cartography. .
Prussakov believes that the ban on a detailed description of natural features of the earth should be lifted. Tourists would greatly benefit from exact information referring to rivers? currents, quality of water, age of trees and other useful data. ?The military classified maps will remain classified,? stressed Prussakov. According to him, ?we?ve got classified maps of the world with all kinds of information on them.?
Prussakov reminded the audience that the Russian chart-making service was set up in accordance with the decree by Peter the Great dated March 14, 1720. The document officially stipulated objectives of the chart-making. As early as 1734, ?The Atlas of the Russian Empire? was drawn up.
Speaking of the Soviet-era cartography, Prussakov specifically singled out a world atlas issued in 1968 calling it an ?unprecedented world masterpiece.? The collection of maps, charts and other relevant data weighs 7.5 kilos and contains 280 thousand place-names. The high-ranking official informed that a 4-volume National atlas of Russia would be put out soon, as reported by ITAR-TASS News Agency.
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