The meeting participants will examine practical aspects and outline a package of measures to make implementation of documents approved by the President earlier more effective, in particular the Basic Principles of Russian Federation State Policy in the Arctic to 2020 and Beyond and the Development Strategy for the Russian Federation’s Arctic Zone through to 2020.
Mr Putin will meet the same day at the Kremlin with participants in the 7th youth polar expedition To the North Pole on Skis!
The latest expedition’s members are an unusual group. Each participant was selected from a stringent multi-round selection process at regional and then federal level. The final team includes seven teenagers: Ksenia German, Nikolai Zaitsev, Alyona Karpenko, Karina Kausova, Akhuramazd Mumindzhanov, Nikita Nekrasov, and Alexander Petrov, who are all from children’s homes or correctional schools, and two of whom are partially deaf.
The children were accompanied by explorers Matvei Shparo and Boris Smolin and by Presidential Children’s Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov.
The expedition set out for the North Pole on April 10 from the Russian Geographical Society’s drifting polar station Barneo. The group travelled for 8 days, crossing 180 kilometres. They successfully reached their destination on April 18 and raised the Russian flag at the North Pole.