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The project “Chukotka - the territory of discoveries” is presented at the festival of the Russian Geographical Society

The interregional project "Chukotka - the territory of discoveries", which was personally supervised by the governor of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug Roman Kopin, is presented at the festival of the Russian Geographical Society in Moscow. About the expedition, which took place in several stages in 2011-2013, the head of the Center "Marine Arctic Complex Expedition and the Marine Heritage of Russia" of the Institute of Heritage. D. S. Likhacheva, professor Pyotr Boyarsky. This was reported by Natalya Belokoneva, a specialist-expert of the Physical Education Department of the Committee for Sports and Tourism of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug.

The Chukotka - Territory of Discoveries project, timed to coincide with the 365th anniversary of the discovery of the Bering Strait, began in 2011. The expedition took place on two sailing ships "Apostol Andrey" and "Saint Nicholas", built on the model of the Pomor kochi. The route of the first stage was the "Pomor Ring" - over 2 km along the waterways of the Republic of Karelia, the Vologda and Arkhangelsk regions: Lake Onega, Volga-Baltic Canal, White Lake, Mariinsky system, Sukhona and Northern Dvina rivers, White Sea, White Sea-Baltic channel.

The second stage of the expedition was carried out in June-August 2012 along the route "Ust-Kut - Yakutsk - Tiksi" with a total length of over 3 km.

The third, final expedition season started from Tiksi in July 2013 and ended in October of the same year. It was 4 km long, covering the Laptev Sea, East Siberian, Chukchi, and Bering Seas. The finishing point was the capital of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug - the city of Anadyr.

During the expedition, the richest material was collected, allowing to clarify the historical picture of the development of the Arctic and Siberia by Russian pioneers. New objects of cultural heritage were identified, ethnographic material was collected, and electronic state research was conducted.

A film about the expedition "Chukotka - the territory of discoveries" was presented at the opening of the festival of the Russian Geographical Society. Note that the event started on October 31 and became the first in the nearly 170-year history of the organization. The main task of the festival is to show all facets of the Society's activities, whose branches operate in 85 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and are engaged in projects dedicated to the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of their region.

The opening of the forum was attended by the President of the Russian Geographical Society, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, President of the State Polar Academy Artur Chilingarov, President of the Skolkovo Foundation Viktor Vekselberg and other officials. In addition to Russia, the event was attended by geographic societies from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Spain, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, China, Serbia, Turkey and the Czech Republic. A greeting on the occasion of the opening of the festival was sent to the organizers and guests by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geographical Society, President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

The event will end today, November 6.

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