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Evacuation of Russian youth expedition from North Pole postponed till Monday

April 20, 2014, 23:12 UTC+3 MURMANSK
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MURMANSK, April 20, /ITAR-TASS/. The evacuation of the 7th Russian Youth Arctic Expedition from the North Pole initially planned for Sunday night has been postponed till Monday over unfavorable weather in the area, press secretary of the Murmansk region government Denis Pushin told Itar-Tass on late Sunday.

According to Pushin, the plane which is to take the expedition from the North Pole is in a standby position in Murmansk and will take off as soon as the snow storm in the Arctic ends.

“The flight to the expedition’s camp is to take about six hours and the way back to Murmansk will take the same time,” he said. “Here, in Murmanks, the expedition’s reserves will be replenished.”

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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