On the occasion of the upcoming 150th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Vernadsky in 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree calling for celebrations to be organized at the highest level of government. The Kremlin press release with regard to the decree reads as follows:
"The decree was signed in connection with the 150th birthday of Vladimir Vernadsky, who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of Russian and world science. The celebration will be held in 2013.
"The Russian Government has been charged with creating an organizing committee for the celebration and drafting a plan of the main events.
"The Foreign Ministry and the Russian Academy of Sciences have received instructions to inform UNESCO and other international scientific organizations on the celebrations to be held in Russia in 2013 in honor of Vladimir Vernadsky's 150th birthday.
"Vladimir Vernadsky (1863-1945) is an outstanding Russian scientist, philosopher and public figure. He is the founder of the several branches of Earth sciences: geochemistry, biogeochemistry and radiogeology."
While the anniversary was expected and events were being planned for the anniversary, the presidential decree was not, and may well have something to do with the campaign being waged by Lyndon LaRouche internationally in which the role of Vernadsky figures so prominently. This the more likely, given the author of the decree.