Friends of Tuva (FoT) was conceived by accident in 1981 to commemorate Tuva's 60th anniversary as a distinctive splotch on the world globe.
Because FoT is a brainchild of Ralph Leighton, it is impossible that it could even resemble an organization.
Rather, it has been a clearinghouse
of information about Tuva and its "patron saint," Richard Feynman, who collected Tuvan stamps as a
boy and as an adult wondered,
"Whatever happened to Tannu
FoT is unfunded and so has no affiliation with any government or religious institution. As there are no dues, meetings, or even a
membership list, those who would like to consider themselves as Friends of Tuva should simply spread the word about this magical country, and
celebrate Richard Feynman's spirit of adventure.