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December 6, 2006

Russian Edition of Dialogue Between Russian Cosmonaut Serebrov and SGI President Published

A Russian edition of a dialogue between Russian cosmonaut Alexander Serebrov and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, The Cosmos, Earth and Human Beings (tentative English title), was released by the Moscow University Press. Professor Serebrov and Mr. Ikeda first met in October 2000. In the book, Professor Serebrov recounts his boyhood dreams about outer space and his training as a cosmonaut. The space traveler, who has spent his lifetime exploring the cosmos, and the Buddhist leader, who has devoted his life to cultivating and uplifting the spiritual, inner universe of human beings, discovered a mutual desire for peace and a common vision for the future. Their dialogue was first serialized in Ushio, a monthly Japanese literary magazine and published in Japanese by Ushio Publishers in 2004.

As a cosmonaut, Professor Serebrov made four flights onboard the Soyuz spacecraft and a record-making ten space walks during 373 days in space. As president of Soyuz, the All-Russia Youth Aerospace Society, he has also been engaged in educating children about space, planet Earth and the environment.

This is the SGI president's seventh dialogue published in the Russian language. Other Russian collaborators include: Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet President (Moral Lessons of the 20th Century); and former and incumbent Moscow State University rectors Anatoli A. Logunov and Victor A. Sadovnichy, respectively.

[Adapted from an article in the December 6, 2006, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]