Monument to Russia’s Arctic heroes presented in Moscow
© RIA Novosti. Valeriy Melnikov

Monument to Russia’s Arctic heroes presented in Moscow

On June 14, a monument to Russia's Arctic heroes was presented at the news center of the Parlamentskaya Gazeta newspaper. The monument by sculptor Vladimir Ivanov will be installed at the Victory Pantheon in the city of Salekhard, according to the newspaper's website. 

The monument's base is shaped like Russia's northern coastline featuring parallels and meridians, with the figures of a polar pilot, seaman and explorer standing on it. An enlarged copy of a bell from a BD-5 convoy ship, which was found during the Karskiye Expeditsii 2015 expedition, will be fixed above the figures.

The monument is expected to significantly contribute to promoting patriotic education of the youth, Vladimir Ivanov said.

"The monument should link the [country's] future with its past," he said.

The idea of immortalizing the feats of the heroes who took part in the exploration of Russia's northernmost territories had long been in the air, said Sergei Ivanov, head of the Department for Inter-Regional Relations of the Yamal-Nenets Representative Office at the Russian Government, in an interview with Parlamentskaya Gazeta.  "The Arctic means a lot for Russia. Its exploration came at a cost," Ivanov said. "The work has been continuing, including the ongoing development of the Yamal Peninsula and the construction of the Northern Latitudinal Railway."