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Russian icebreaker crews to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Arctic
© RIA Novosti. Valeriy Melnikov

Russian icebreaker crews to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Arctic

The crews of Rosatomflot's nuclear icebreakers 50 Let Pobedy, the Taimyr, and the Vaigach will celebrate New Year's Eve in the Arctic, the corporate public relations department told RIA Novosti. Christmas trees have been decorated in the ships' mess-rooms, cooks are busy making holiday meals, and sailors are preparing to exchange gifts.

The crew of the Vaigach will escort ships in the western Arctic on New Year's Eve. The crew will be treated to a holiday meal. "We hope we'll be able to talk to our families and friends at least for a while on New Year's Eve and watch TV in our free time,"  Captain Alexander Skryabin, noted.

The nuclear icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy, which has been sailing the high latitudes for over four months, will host a traditional concert. "In the early hours of January 1, we plan to escort a three-ship convoy in the Kara Sea. I think Father Frost and Snow Maiden will visit us first because we'll probably sail closer to the North Pole than any other ship," Captain Dmitry Lobusov said.

The Taimyr will be sailing in the Kara Sea's Gulf of Ob during the holidays. Our crew will enjoy the same traditions as everyone else, Captain Sergei Kiselyov noted. "We'll put up a Christmas tree in the mess-room, the chef will prepare some delicacies he brought with him; the captain will congratulate the crew over the PA system, and the crew will exchange gifts, mostly small things," Kiselyov added.