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The VNIGRI (All Russia Petroleum Research Exploration Institute) microfauna laboratory, founded in St Petersburg (then Leningrad) in 1930, was the first micropalaeontological institution established in the USSR. Utilizing the newly established microfaunal methodology for subsurface correlation pioneered by Cushman in the USA, the laboratory managers A. V. Fursenko and N. N. Subbotina made outstanding contributions to the development of the laboratory as the leading Russian micropalaeontological centre devoted to petroleum geology. This managerial team, supported by a team of specialists were instrumental in the development of soviet micropalaeontology and its application to exploration. Despite the outbreak of World War...

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