Dear colleagues and friends!
The team at Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz congratulate you wholeheartedly on this anniversary! 80 years of the Russian State University for Oil and Gas is in fact the whole modern history of our country. Both in the most terrible years for our native land, and in the years of prosperity for the country, "Gubkinis" have made up the elite of our nation.
It was you who protected the country in the Great Patriotic war, both at the front, and in occupations on the home front, it was you who restored the wrecked economy in the difficult post-war years, it was you who inaugurated Samotlor and Yamal gas, and it was thanks to you that the Soviet Union survived and became the largest world exporter of oil and gas!
Today the Russian oil and gas sector is the engine of the economy. It is your knowledge and strength, and also frequently lives, that have made Russia a world leader in the sales and export of oil and gas, and oil refining, creating the largest oil and gas transportation network in the world! And now it is you who are creating the future of our country.
Today's students - geologists, geophysicists, oilfield developers, chemists, lawyers, economists et al - are the future of Russia. Gubkin students, we hope that you are worthy of your forebears - Soviet oil industry workers and gasmen! We are certain that significant industrial and material achievements are waiting for you.
We wish each and every one of you good health, material and industrial successes and great personal happiness!