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Shoigu: Russian Geographical Society to continue Arctic clean-up in 2017
© RIA Novosti. Ramil Sitdikov

Shoigu: Russian Geographical Society to continue Arctic clean-up in 2017

The Russian Geographical Society will continue cleaning up the Arctic in 2017, the society's president, Sergei Shoigu, said at a media club meeting.

"We'd like to complete an ambitious program, together with the Natural Resources Ministry and the Defense Ministry, which was launched following our president's instructions — I mean the Arctic clean-up effort," Shoigu said.

He added that the Defense Ministry expedition had cleaned up about 3,500 metric tons of Arctic waste on the New Siberian Islands alone this season.