This Special Issue “Urgent Problems of Petroleum Geology” marks the 80th birthday of Academician Alexei Emilyevich Kontorovich, an outstanding Russian scientist and science organizer. During the more than fifty years of his scientific career, he made a number of seminal contributions to the theoretical foundations of petroleum geology, regional studies, in the areas of organic geochemistry, mathematical geosciences, discovery, scientific justification and development of West Siberian and Lena–Tunguska petroleum provinces. He was one of the leaders who were responsible for the development of Russian and global energy strategies. For the past 5–7 year, he extended his efforts in a number...

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