ARKHANGELSK, Russia’s North, July 30 (Itar-Tass) — Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Arkhangelsk on Monday to meet members of an expedition organized by the Russian Geographic Society to liquidate environmental damage on the Franz Joseph Land.
Over 100 expedition members will clean the Alexandra and Hooker islands of the Franz Joseph Archipelago of waste by October. Eight thousand tons of waste, including 60,000 casks and over 2,500 tons of lubricants, will be liquidated. The operation will cost about 650 million rubles.
After that, President Putin will head for Severodvinsk to attend a ceremony of laying the keel of the Borei-A class submarine Prince Vladimir.
Putin will also hold a meeting devoted to fulfilling the state military order in part of equipping the Russian Navy.