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Russia to continue Antarctic research – Putin

November 03, 2016, 16:19 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russian entrepreneurs plan to take part in the restoration of one of the stations in the Antarctic

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MOSCOW, November 3. /TASS/. Russian entrepreneurs participating in the Antarctic expedition told Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Thursday about their plans to take part in the restoration of one of the stations in the Antarctic, bring domestically made buses there and provide researchers with new medicinal preparations.

They also intend to shoot a film by 2020 devoted to Russian specialists working in the Antarctic.

The Russian president communicated with the Club of Leaders expedition participants via a video link. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier that the entrepreneurs had gone to the Antarctic to use their technological, financial and business possibilities to help Russian specialists working there.

The entrepreneurs already visited the Antarctic in 2014 and also held a video link with the Russian president. This time, the entrepreneurs went together with the expedition to Russia’s Bellingshausen Station.

As an expedition participant said, several Russian Antarctic stations were deactivated and actually closed, including the Russkaya Station.

"We are offering together with our club colleagues to finance and restore any of the stations and make supplies for it," the entrepreneurs told the president.

The CEO of the Moscow-based movie theater Pioneer came up with an initiative to hold and make regular a festival devoted to the Antarctic and by 2020 shoot a film about Russian specialists working there.

Another businessman told about the initiative to provide domestically-made buses for specialists working in the Antarctic.

"It is already clear that we’ll continue research in the Antarctic, including with your assistance," Putin said.

"We’ll use our domestic machinery there and our researchers can count on modern medicines and Russian-made medical equipment and they will ride Russian buses or special vehicles there. Young scientists will be involved and we’ll be reconstructing the stations and carrying out further work with your assistance as well," Putin told the entrepreneurs.

"But the main thing is that you should return home in a planned regime without any problems," the Russian president said.

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