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The Arctic is getting closer. In any case, for 14 Moscow schoolchildren who are preparing to go to the North pole as part of the 11th Great Arctic expedition. On the eve of the start, seven of them - boys and girls aged 16-17 years - crossed the wormwood in the Big Stroginsky Zaton. So passed the final stage of preparation of the detachment "pole" before the conquest of the Arctic ice on skis.

This body of water, of course, is not the Arctic ocean, and the April air temperature in Moscow is higher than in the Arctic. The length of the hole - only about 10 meters, and the depth here - no more than 2 meters. However, this training allows the children to work out the skills of overcoming obstacles on the water, to hone the technique of swimming, as well as psychologically prepare for the first step in the icy ocean - the chances of meeting on the route of wormwood are great.

A bright wetsuit is worn right over the winter outfit. Swim on your back it is not very convenient - you can easily roll over. But this suit provides insulation and protects against possible damage. In addition, it is very light - so as not to add weight to the already heavy clothes.

All members of the expedition have been carefully selected. Michael Abalain is one of those who checked their hand in the conditions close to the Arctic. The lad was 100 km on skis through the snow Karelia - after such tests, any pole on the shoulder. "My main fear is that I will not meet a polar bear. I really want to see him," - said Misha.

The permanent leader of youth expeditions to the Arctic is the famous traveler Matvey Shparo. He is convinced that young men and women who are preparing for the launch can be compared to astronauts.

- After all, the Arctic is the near space. It is the nature which is unambiguously hostile to the person. She was opposed to open 100-200 years ago, the same thing now remained. Blizzard - as it was, and is, a frost a minus thirty, minus forty was, and is. Crazy winds, crazy hummocks. I think that the guys will face the same difficulties that Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen met. But due to the fact that they are together, due to the fact that they will be close to enough experienced leaders, everything should go well.

Matvey Shparo is the son of the famous polar Explorer Dmitry Shparo, whose expedition was the first in the world to reach the North pole on skis back in 1979. The family tradition continues, and 40 years later the daughter of Matvey Shparo Katya is going to the Arctic. Girl she has dreamed about polar snows with early childhood. According to her, physical difficulties frighten a little: the main thing - psychological spirit and support of the team. Answering the question, which of the historical figures should be guided by young people, Katya highlights the pioneers of Antarctica Thaddeus Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev, as well as cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. "We, of course, will not be the first, but still - to the North pole reach units," she said.

Students will go to conquer the glaciers on April 10. In parallel with the group "the pole" will run another expedition and research. The guys from the detachment "Barneo" will put experiments on the drifting station, measure the sunshine and the temperature of the Arctic ocean, and then share their discoveries in schools.


 

Source: https://rg.ru/2019/04/05/arktika-eto-blizhnij-kosmos-shkolniki-gotoviatsia-pokoriat-severnyj-polius-video.html

Participants of the historical and local lore expedition of the Arctic center on Friday went on the way of Russian polar pioneers Vasily Pronchishchev, Khariton Laptev, who participated in the great Northern expedition of the middle of the XVIII century. The length of the route along the Northern Land will be about 1.5 thousand km, the President of the center Vladimir Chukov told TASS.

The great Northern expedition was organized on the initiative of Emperor Peter I in 1725, the actual start of its preparation was given by decree of Empress Anna Ioannovna in 1731. The objective of the expedition was mapping the coast of the state.

"The expedition route starts from the Lena river Delta near the village of Tiksi. This is a circular route with access to the lower reaches of the river, with a visit to the village of Ust-Olenek, where the grave of the Russian Arctic Explorer Pronchishchev, then return to Tiksi. One of our tasks is to follow the path of groups of Russian polar pioneers Vasily Pronchishchev, Khariton Laptev, who participated in the great Northern expedition of 1733-1742," Chukov said.

According to him, the expedition involved 18 people, including employees of the Tula state University, who were engaged in the preparation of all-terrain vehicles "Toros-M" to ensure their work in the Arctic. "We will move on two all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles there are two teams of sled dogs, skiing. It all depends on the conditions for movement on a particular section of the road", - said the President of the center.

The total length of the route will be about 1.5 thousand km, the expedition is planned to be completed on April 26. Chukov said that the preparation began in December 2018, initially considered three routes - on the way of the expedition Ushakov and Urvantsev in 1930, on the island of Bolshevik, where in 1913 the expedition of Vilkitsky, as well as places associated with the great Northern expedition.

Expedition center "Arctic" was established in 1992 on the basis of scientific and sports expedition, engaged in the preparation and conduct of travel. The founders are the Moscow center of the Russian geographical society (RGO) and the Association of Russian polar explorers. The center cooperates with EMERCOM of Russia, Institute of Oceanology of RAS, polar research Foundation and other organizations.


 

Source: https://tass.ru/nauka/6274948

Aspects of Russian-Finnish cooperation in the field of Maritime navigation in the Arctic region were discussed during the Russian-Finnish joint Commission on Maritime navigation, held in Helsinki, told RIA Novosti on Monday, Deputy Director of the Department of the Finnish Ministry of transport Paivi Anticainen.

"We held a very constructive meeting of the Commission, where we exchanged views on cooperation in the field of Maritime navigation in the Arctic and exchanged views on the protection of the marine environment of the Baltic sea," she said.

They also discussed the implementation of a joint project to harmonize the implementation of the Polar code, reduce nitrogen emissions from ships in the Baltic sea, control the sulfur content in marine fuel.

Yuri Kostin, Director of the Department of state policy in the field of sea and river transport of the Ministry of transport of Russia, acted as co-Chairman from the Russian side. The Russian delegation included representatives of the Ministry of transport of Russia, organizations subordinated to Rosmorrechflot, the Russian Maritime register of shipping, the Russian chamber of shipping. Finland was represented by the Ministry of transport and the transport and communications Agency.

The next meeting of the Russian-Finnish mixed Commission on Maritime navigation will be held in 2020 in the Russian Federation.


 

Source: https://ru.arctic.ru/news/20190319/829187.html

Specialists of the technical Committee of Rosstandart "research In the polar regions" have prepared projects of more than 20 state standards to improve the safety of work in the Arctic zone. The Committee expects that they will be adopted this year — - said TASS head of the Committee Nikita Kuprikov.

"These are the standards that define the requirements for the infrastructure of polar stations, for fire safety, for information signs to be used in the Arctic, for the processes that are carried out by our organizations and scientists during the research. The standards have already been developed, now there are public discussions, we hope that they will be adopted in 2019," Nikita Kuprikov said.

He noted that the rigidity of the requirements and recommendations increases the safety of human activities in the Arctic, previously there were no such standards. In particular, among the planned norms are environmental requirements for polar research, requirements for the safety of tourist groups in the Arctic, for the operation of aircraft in the Far North. Also, the innovations will affect the requirements for training specialists to work in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation.

"Requirements for specialized training of people working in polar conditions have been developed. This standard will prescribe recommendations for educational institutions that train such personnel, will indicate the competencies that a person working in the polar region should have," the head of the Committee explained.

He noted that the staff of the research center "polar initiative" plans to begin work on the preparation of specialized professional standards for certain Arctic specialties.


 

Source: https://sever-press.ru/2019/03/10/k-arktike-osobye-trebovanija-dlja-povyshenija-bezopasnosti-planirujut-prinjat-gosstandarty/

The Deputy Prime Minister stressed that this area is part of the Russian zone of interests


 

The Arctic is part of the Russian zone of interests, so the Russian Federation will not miss its influence on this territory. About it in interview to the program "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin" said Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov.

"This territory is the sphere of Russia's interests. We will not miss and will not give, " he said.

Earlier, the commander of the U.S. Navy in Europe and Africa Admiral James Foggo said that the Arctic should remain a free and open space, despite the fact that Russia considers its territory. In November 2018, the Chairman of the Committee of chiefs of staff of the us Armed forces, General Joseph Dunford, expressed the opinion that Russia is expanding its military presence in the Arctic, and the United States does not exclude the possibility of turning this region into a conflict zone in the future.

Moscow has consistently rejected the claims of Western politicians to increase its military presence in other regions and about any of its actions, which are allegedly aimed at violating international order.


 

Source: https://tass.ru/politika/6180313