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    What Putin Did During His Visit to Franz Joseph Land in the Arctic Ocean

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev landed Wednesday on an island of Franz Joseph Land in the Arctic Ocean, far off Russia's northwestern coast, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

    The politicians have been reviewing the results of a seven-year-long campaign to clean up the archipelago, which has been accumulating washed-up garbage for years.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at Franz Josef Land archipelago's Alexandra Land. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Sergei Donskoi, left
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at Franz Josef Land archipelago's Alexandra Land. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Sergei Donskoi, left

    Putin and Medvedev could assess the results of the campaign personally. Despite harsh weather conditions — minus 27 degrees Celsius and strong wind — the politicians climbed to a special viewing platform, from which they saw the Arctic Ocean and an absolutely clean zone, which had been covered with garbage some time ago.

    The Russian president noted that the program was implemented thanks to efforts by the Russian government, while Medvedev agreed with him saying that the government "regularly allocated funds for all activities." The total costs of the program reached 2.5 billion rubles.

    Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev also visited the "Russian Arctic" museum at the Russian Arctic National Park on Alexandra Island, which is a part of the Franz Josef Land archipelago.

    During the excursion, the director of the museum, Alexander Kirilov, told the guests about the habits of animals living on the archipelago, including polar bears and walruses, and also showed them several archaeological objects.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visit the Polar Pilots Ice Cave on Alexandra Land Island in the Franz Josef Land Archipelago
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visit the Polar Pilots Ice Cave on Alexandra Land Island in the Franz Josef Land Archipelago

    During the trip of the delegation to an ice cave located on the island, Russian President Vladimir Putin personally chopped several fragments from the glacier and handed them over to experts accompanying his trip.

    The scientists explained to the Russian president how they use the ice to analyze the composition of the atmosphere, including increases in carbon dioxide levels, which lead to the greenhouse effect.

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