8 September 2012, 15:29

New Arctic expedition sets out from Murmansk

New Arctic expedition sets out from Murmansk

A new Russian Arctic expedition has set out on board the Rossiya icebreaker from Murmansk to the southern part of the Canadian Basin.

It will replace the North Pole-39 research team, which has been drifting on an ice floe since last October, with a new one, North Pole-40.

Bishop Iakov of Naryan-Mar and Mezen is taking part in the expedition.

He brought the Icon of the St. Nicholas the Miracle-Worker, the patron of sailors, and a fraction of his holy remains with him on board.

TASS

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