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Russian youth Arctic expedition to be evacuated from North Pole to Murmansk

April 20, 2014, 21:13 UTC+3 MURMANSK
The expedition was to return to Moscow on April 20, but the unfavouarble weather forced it to change the plans
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MURMANSK, April 20, /ITAR-TASS/. The 7th Russian Youth Arctic Expedition will be evacuated from the North Pole overnight to Monday, press secretary of the Murmansk region government Denis Pushin told Itar-Tass on Sunday.

According to Pushin, it is planned to evacuate the expedition via the city of Murmansk, where its reserves would be replenished.

“The expedition will be welcomed by deputy governor Anatoly Vekshin,” he noted.

The expedition started on April 10 from the drifting polar station Barneo of the Russian Geographic Society. Particiapnts in the expedition - seven teenagers, some of home have disabilities, Russian children’s rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov and two polar researchers, Matvei Shparo and Boris Smolin - covered a distance of about 180 kilometers in eight days and hoisted the Russian flag on the North Pole. Initially, the expedition was to return to Moscow on April 20, but the unfavouarble weather forced it to change the plans. Participants had to stay in their tent waiting when strong winds abated. The expedition is running of foods.

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