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Hundreds of Norwegians and Russians arrived in the first week of February in the town of Kirkenes on the Russian-Norway border to see the spectacular installations, to visit unusual exhibitions and to speculate about the future of the Arctic territories at the international art festival Barents Spektakel.
Land of of Archangels - notes from press tour
From June, 7 till June, 11th, 2011 in the city of Archangelsk there was organized a press tour for journalists by the press service of NAFU (Northern Arctic Federal University). The event was dated for an anniversary of its creation.
The university appeared as a result of modernization of the system of higher education in Russia. It includes ten most various institutes of building, power, economy, oil and gas and chemistry. The basic accent is done by the NAFU on the development of the main northern region - Arctic region. There are similar universities in Canada, Finland and Norway.
It took almost 10 years to create the Russian institution. The basis of successful development is the faculty. Pedagogical work has been from the very beginning conducted in close cooperation with the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Mikhail Lomonosov - «our everything» in Archangelsk.
Most journalists having visited Archangelsk were amazed with the main brand of the city and the area — the scientist of world value Lomonosov. Pictures and monuments, souvenirs and mineral water are named in his honor. Even among advertizing extensions in city streets his name is in the lead by quantity of mentions.
Holmogorsky area is considered to be the native land of Lomonosov. This year there has been allocated about 300 million roubles for its accomplishment. For this money they are to construct a new water conduit and medical assistant point and also to repair a school. It is possible to reach the place only by boat. The ticket price is equal to a trip in the bus or a trolley bus. In Archangelsk region many island territories, therefore a river type of transport is an everyday occurrence both for townspeople and for peasants.
The village where the great scientist was born is a place of pilgrimage of tourists was. The museum named after Michael Vasilevich was constructed onthe place of his patrimonial house in 1891, 120 years after his death. It is clear that the things belonging to Lomonosov haven't by that moment remained.
Archangelsk people are sincerely proud of the well-known fellow countryman. He was a chemist, an astronomer, a metallurgist and a poet. The basic celebratings of his tercentenary will take place on November, 8th this year.
Novodvinskaya fortress is 310 years old!
Novodvinskaya fortress is considered to be one of the main sights of the Arkhangelsk region. Constructed in 1701 under Peter the Great personal control, it is considered the first stone bastion in Russia! Once the fortress was surrounded by a water ditch. Its guns rescued our country in the Northern War between Russia and Sweden for domination on Baltic Sea three centuries ago. Constructed before the foundation of St.-Petersburg, Novodvinskaya fortress became a prototype of Petropavlovka and Kronstadt.
In the Soviet years Novodvinskaya fortress was subjected to the greatest destructions. In its territory the «Conveyer» factory was placed. Besides, in the middle of the repressive 1930s there was a colony for minors. The «correctional labor» institution existed there till 2006. For 10 years a group of enthusiasts and the Archangelsk regional museum of local lhistory conducted monitoring and research work. And only in December 2007 the fortress acquired the status of a monument of federal value. Now visiting Novodvinka is an important excursion moment for visitors in Archangelsk.
Alexander Borisov, Arktik TV, specially for Barents Press.