["The Alaskan diocese was not involved in setting up this trip. One of the
priests was contacted, but nothing was done through" the office of the locum
Article in English w/photo: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/38988.htm
Clergy of Kaluga Diocese participate in the expedition "Alaska 2010"
Moscow, September 2, 2010
From July 20 to August 20 ran the scientific and sports expedition, "Alaska
2010." Participants represented seven Russian cities (Moscow, Ryazan, Voronezh,
Kaluga, Archangelsk, Kemerovo, and Vologda). With the blessing of Metropolitan
Clement of Kaluga and Borovsk, clergy from Kaluga diocese took part. These
included Kaluga Theological Seminary instructors Roman Glybovsky and Archdeacon
Sergei Komarov, reports Patriarchia.ru.
The expedition became the continuation of the project aimed at immortalizing the
memory of Russian researchers in Alaska, and was dedicated to the 200-year
anniversary of the birth of discoverer and researcher L. A. Zagoskin
(1808–1890). The expedition's scientific program is being overseen by the
Russian Academy of Sciences.
Two groups of the expedition covered a total of over 1100 kilometers along the
rivers Innoko, Yukon, and Kuskokwim. Taking into consideration last year's
expedition (Alaska 2009), the expedition team repeated all the river routes of
Lavrenty Zagoskin, and covered the historic crossing between the Yukon and
Kusokwim Rivers, which Lavrenty Alexseyevich Zagoskin made half a century ago.
During the expedition a wealth of scientific material was gathered, and display
pieces were brought back for the future Ryazan museum of explorers—the Museum of
Russian America. In the village of Russian Mission the participants cleaned up
the cemetery of Russian colonists which they had discovered during last year's
expedition, and prayer services for the reposed were served.
The final point on the route was the town of Bethel, where the trip was summed
up, and a presentation was given about the expedition. A moleben of thanksgiving
was served in the local Orthodox Church.
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