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Sochi 2014 Olympic Flame Heats Up the North Pole

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The Olympic torch reached the North Pole on October 19, four days after departing from the Arctic city of Murmansk.

The Olympic torch reached the North Pole on October 19, four days after departing from the Arctic city of Murmansk.

© RIA Novosti . Alexei Filippov / Go to the photo bankThe Olympic torch reached the North Pole on October 19, four days after departing from the Arctic city of Murmansk.
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The Olympic torch reached the North Pole on October 19, four days after departing from the Arctic city of Murmansk.
© RIA Novosti . Alexei Filippov / Go to the photo bankThe flame was transported to the North Pole on a nuclear-powered icebreaker.
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The flame was transported to the North Pole on a nuclear-powered icebreaker.
© RIA Novosti . Alexei Filippov / Go to the photo bankRussia’s NS 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) vessel is the largest nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world.
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Russia’s NS 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) vessel is the largest nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankThe appearance of the torch at the Pole comes at a time when the Arctic has become a political priority for President Vladimir Putin, who is keen to exert Russian sovereignty over a vast area of the region and has spoken of developing it for the oil and gas industries.
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The appearance of the torch at the Pole comes at a time when the Arctic has become a political priority for President Vladimir Putin, who is keen to exert Russian sovereignty over a vast area of the region and has spoken of developing it for the oil and gas industries.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankIt is the first time the flame has been delivered to the most northerly point on the planet.
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It is the first time the flame has been delivered to the most northerly point on the planet.
© RIA Novosti . Alexei Filippov / Go to the photo bankThe stage was organized on the night of October 19 and 20 to coincide with the end of the torch relay leg in Yaroslavl.
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The stage was organized on the night of October 19 and 20 to coincide with the end of the torch relay leg in Yaroslavl.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankThe North Pole relay leg was conducted on board the icebreaker...
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The North Pole relay leg was conducted on board the icebreaker...
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bank...and on the ice cap itself.
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...and on the ice cap itself.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankEleven scientists who have made significant contributions to the study of the Arctic and the conservation of its natural resources, animals and ecology were entrusted with the torch.
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Eleven scientists who have made significant contributions to the study of the Arctic and the conservation of its natural resources, animals and ecology were entrusted with the torch.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankThe honor of lighting the Olympic flame was given to Arctic and Antarctic explorer and vice-president of the Russian Geographical Society Artur Chilingarov.
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The honor of lighting the Olympic flame was given to Arctic and Antarctic explorer and vice-president of the Russian Geographical Society Artur Chilingarov.
© RIA Novosti . Alexei Filippov / Go to the photo bankThe official Lighting Ceremony took place at the Geographical North Pole.
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The official Lighting Ceremony took place at the Geographical North Pole.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankSending the flame to the North Pole for the first time is one of a series of spectacular journeys taking place alongside the torch relay. Others include sending an unlit torch into space, and taking the flame up Russia's highest mountain, Mount Elbrus.
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Sending the flame to the North Pole for the first time is one of a series of spectacular journeys taking place alongside the torch relay. Others include sending an unlit torch into space, and taking the flame up Russia's highest mountain, Mount Elbrus.
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