Polar Explorer’s Day marked in Moscow
© RIA Novosti. Alexandra Agranat

Polar Explorer’s Day marked in Moscow

Polar Explorer's Day was marked on May 22 in a building on Moscow's Novy Arbat Street. Participants in the meeting listened to speeches of congratulations, reports by the Association of Polar Explorers (ASPOL) commissions and presented ASPOL awards.

The event began with a moment of silence to honor the memory of polar explorers Alexander Orlov and Vadim Tyulpanov.

Head of the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Rosgidromet) Alexander Frolov said that a state program will be adopted soon to develop the Arctic region. On May 11, [at a meeting of the Arctic Council] in Fairbanks a declaration was adopted that focused on cooperation of Arctic states in science.

ASPOL President Artur Chilingarov said that the global community has expressed growing interest in Arctic issues in recent years. "The world is awakening, and everyone is becoming interested in the Arctic. A state commission on Arctic development has been established. I've lived to see that the party and the government are interested in the Arctic," Chilingarov said.

The event concluded with a presentation of ASPOL certificates of acknowledgment and "85 Years of Polar Aviation" badges.