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The international forum, Arctic and Antarctic Days in Moscow, will be held from November 25-27 via videoconference. Russia will present the program for its chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2021–2023. The event will include an international scientific congress. The Russian Antarctic research station Vostok will be available for videoconferencing with the participants.

This year’s forum organizers are the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic.

According to the organizers, the business program of the event includes presentations of support measures for entrepreneurial activity in the Arctic and of the Arctic Initiatives Center projects. A special session will be devoted to Arctic tourism development, local infrastructure improvements and environmental protection. Scientists from Russia, UK, US, Iceland and South Korea will take part in the international scientific congress Open Arctic and Antarctic. Leading representatives of the global scientific community will discuss priorities in the study and development of the Arctic, as well as the global significance of science as a public diplomacy tool in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Another important topic to be raised at the forum has to do with a plan to implement the Strategy for Developing the Russian Arctic Zone and Ensuring National Security until 2035. It will be the highlight of the plenary session, which will be attended by the minister of the Russian Far East and Arctic, the minister of Natural Resources, and heads of the regions in the Russian Arctic zone. One of the key speakers at the forum will be Terry Callaghan from Great Britain, a leading expert on environmental change and a Nobel Prize awardee, who is a regular participant of Arctic Days in Moscow. He will also deliver an online lecture on weather anomalies and the Arctic’s impact on the Earth’s climate.

All the events will be streamed online. The organizers will post updates on how to join at the Arctic and Antarctic Days in Moscow website, www.arctic-days.ru.

The Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic has launched an integral online platform for promoting tourism in the Russian Arctic, with the support of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism.

“We have launched an integral platform for promoting Arctic tourism, with the support of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism. It includes websites and social media catering to over one million users, and their number will reach five million before the year is out,” said First Deputy Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic Alexander Krutikov at a meeting of the Council for Digital Economy Development under the Federation Council, whose participants discussed the digital development prospects of Arctic regions.

He also added that travel agencies and tour operators could use the platform free of charge.

“Any Arctic tour operators now can post information about their tourist products on this platform, with the support of professional consultants, and we are ready to promote them,” Krutikov added.

Restrictions linked with the COVID-19 pandemic hit small businesses harder than the rest, Krutikov noted. Entrepreneurs who managed to transform their businesses in new conditions profited from this situation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a Decree "on the Minister of the Russian Federation for the development of the Far East and the Arctic".
" in accordance with paragraph " d " of article 83 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, appoint Alexey Chekunkov as the Minister of the Russian Federation for the development of the Far East and the Arctic." The decree came into force on the day of its signing, November 10, 2020.
Earlier, state Duma deputies supported the appointment of Alexey Chekunkov to the post of head of the Ministry of regional Development of Russia.
A few facts from the biography:
Alexey Chekunkov was born on October 3, 1980 in Minsk.
Graduated from the faculty of International economic relations of the Moscow state Institute of international relations (University) Russian foreign Ministry (MGIMO).
From 2001 to 2011, he held senior positions in the private equity sector in Russia. Managed major projects of international and Russian financial organizations, including in the Far East - in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the Khabarovsk territory.
In 2011-2013, he participated in the creation of the Russian direct investment Fund and held the position of Director, member of the management Board and member of the investment Committee. He was responsible for investments in healthcare, energy conservation, and the raw materials sector, as well as for the creation of the Russian-Chinese investment Fund together with the China investment Corporation.
In 2014-2020-General Director of the Far East and Arctic development Fund
In 2015-2019, he was a member of the Supervisory Board of PJSC ALROSA.
Member of the Government Commission on socio-economic development of the Far East and The state Commission on Arctic development. He is a member of the Board of Directors of PJSC RusHydro.
On November 10, 2020, by decree of the President of the Russian Federation, he was appointed Minister of the Russian Federation for the development of the Far East and the Arctic.

A new generation of deep-sea rescue vehicles adapted for action in the Arctic is being developed for the Russian Navy. This was reported on Monday in the press service of the Navy with reference to the commander-in-chief of the fleet, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov
According to Evmenov, the Navy is currently upgrading and carrying out scheduled repairs of the Priz-type deep-sea rescue vehicles with a diving depth of up to 1,000 meters and Bester-type deep-sea rescue vehicles with a diving depth of up to 700 meters. Thus, the as-36 Bester, which is currently being upgraded, will have a number of new characteristics that will allow it to be used in the Arctic zone after the modernization is completed in 2021.
Evmenov said that the devices are being upgraded under the program of repair, modernization, and maintenance of deep-sea rescue vehicles in service with the Russian Navy fleets. "The program is designed for a period of more than 10 years and provides, along with modernization and repair, work on creating the next generation of deep - sea rescue vehicles," the Admiral said.
He recalled that six deep-sea rescue vehicles that are part of the search and rescue services of the fleets had previously passed the necessary cycle of modernization and repair.

The large anti-submarine ship Severomorsk returned to the main base of the Northern fleet from a long trip to the Arctic, and then to the Atlantic. The crew was met by the commander of the SF Hero of Russia Vice Admiral Alexander Moiseev. According to naval tradition, he handed the ship's commander, captain 1st rank Anatoly Kozhurov, a roast pig.
Severomorsk led the ninth Arctic cruise of ships and vessels across the seas of the Arctic ocean. After a trip to the Arctic, the crew completed their tasks in the North Atlantic. There, a large anti-submarine ship interacted with the tanker "Sergey Osipov".
The sailors were on the campaign for three months, they overcame more than 12 thousand nautical miles, worked out ten tactical exercises, using the entire range of weapons. On Taimyr and Chukotka, Marines landed on the unequipped sea coast, and on the island of Alexandra Land, They fired from the Bastion coastal missile system.