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Russia to light Eternal Flame at North Pole to mark the 70th Victory Day anniversary
© RIA Novosti. Valeriy Melnikov

Russia to light Eternal Flame at North Pole to mark the 70th Victory Day anniversary

Members of Russia's Arctic 2015 polar expedition will deliver a torch with the Eternal Flame from Moscow's Victory Park to the North Pole and to Svalbard in the run-up to the 70th Victory Day anniversary, Yelena Bedush, coordinator of the project's organizing committee, told RIA Novosti.

"The high-latitude Arctic 2015 polar expedition will be launched on April 3 at Victory Park on Poklonnaya Hill. Three icon-lamps will be lit from the Eternal Flame there. On April 4, a special flight will carry expedition members and the icon-lamps to Svalbard Island in the Arctic Ocean," Ms Bedush noted.

She said one lamp with the Eternal Flame would be delivered to the town of Barentsburg, and that a second one would be presented to Svalbard Governor Odd Olsen Ingerø, to mark the anniversary of liberating northern Norway in the autumn of 1944. And the third icon-lamp will be flown to the North Pole 41 drifting station in the Arctic.

The project is timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory and aims to raise public awareness of the heroic battles in the Arctic region and their important role in World War II.

The icon-lamp lighting ceremony at Victory Park will include Russia's Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Sergei Donskoi; State Duma Deputy Sergei Mironov; television show host and board chairman at the Terra Viva international environmentalist movement, Nikolai Drozdov; and Hero of Russia and  First Deputy Secretary of the Russian Civic Chamber, Vyacheslav Bocharov.