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Three ancient Russian boats leave Petrozavodsk on voyage to Serbia

September 26, 2011, 17:40 UTC+3

Expedition will sail through Lake Onega, the Rybinsk Reservoir and then down the Volga River

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SAMARA, September 26 (Itar-Tass) — Three ancient Russian sea boats (Ladya) – the Vityaz (Knight), the Khrabr and the Slavyana that were built in Petrozavodsk on the order of Togliatti re-enactors have set sail on a voyage to Serbia.

The boats built for the “Navigation from Russia to the Serbian lands” expedition will sail through Lake Onega, the Rybinsk Reservoir and then down the Volga River. Later, the expedition participants - the fans of the ancient warrior art - plan to sail to the Don River, reach the Sea of Azov and then the Black Sea and down the Danube arrive in Belgrade. There the Russians will present the Slavyana boat as a gift to the Serbian friends of the Svibor squad that are creating in Belgrade the Serbian Viteska warriors outpost.

The Togliatti tourist information centre told Itar-Tass that the expedition project was presented at this year’s International Tourism Exhibition MITT in Moscow.

The three sail and rowing boats were built in Karelia shipyards on the order of the Bogatyrskaya Sloboda (Warriors Settlement) spiritual and cultural Kremlin that is located in the Samara region. The Kremlin is an architectural complex created in the traditions of old Russian architecture in a beautiful place of the Zhiguli Mountains on the banks of the Usa River, a tributary of the Volga.

The Russian Warrior school of Orthodox Culture works at the Sloboda for the revival of the national men’s patriotic education. The school students - teenagers and young men – go in for sports outdoors, study military history, are trained in Russian martial arts skills, seamanship, horseback riding, arts and crafts, medicine.

The leaders of Bogatyrskaya Sloboda after returning from the Serb voyage plan to develop water tourism on the ancient Russian boats. According to the organisers’ plan, a whole flotilla of 30 wooden ships will be navigating around the Zhiguli Mountains.


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