DFT proposed to declare 2020 as the year of the discovery of Antarctica

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye in photobunny array Volted in Antarctica. Archival photoDFT proposed to declare 2020 as the year of the discovery of Antarctica© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye the image Bank

The all-Russian movement support fleet (DFT) proposes to declare 2020 as the year of the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica, told RIA Novosti on Wednesday the head of MEDEF captain first rank Mikhail Nenashev.

«DFT proposes to declare Russia 2020 as the year of the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica and to initiate the consideration of the proposal in the UN to make the anniversary of international status,» he said, noting that the letter with the proposal sent to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

The head of the DFT noted that in connection with the anniversary is to hold a series of commemorative events, including hikes of Russian and foreign sailing vessels along the path of pioneers of Antarctica — Thaddeus Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev, the output of thematic films and books, the preparation of special projects.

Nenashev said that giving that date of such high status is necessary because in the world today, there is a tendency to distortion and belittling the role of Russian travelers and explorers in the development of the sixth continent.

«Some countries — the sea rivals Russia — two hundred years ago and later, and for now, or ignore the discovery of Antarctica by Russian navigators, or belittle its importance. For example, in accordance with the existing law of the sea — open, and named by the officers of the island around Antarctica and Australia was arbitrarily renamed by the representatives of several countries,» he said.

The Antarctic expedition consisting of two sloops of war — «Vostok» (commander — Faddey Bellinsgauzen) and «peace» (Michael Lazarev)- in 1819, went to Kronstadt on a long voyage, and January 28, 1820, discovered Antarctica. In 1821, the ships returned to Kronstadt. They stayed in the swimming 751 day and were more than 92 thousand kilometers. Except Antarctica expedition discovered 29 Islands and one coral reef. The Russian Navy has conducted research, including Oceanographic research.

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