Russia's Gulf of Finland Expedition Results Remarkable
10:10 01.06.2016(updated 12:25 01.06.2016)
The results of the first part of the Russia's Bolshoi Tyuters' RGS expedition in the Gulf of Finland have been tremendous, expedition head Artyom Khutorskoy told Sputnik on Wednesday.
BOLSHOI TYUTERS (Sputnik), Alexander Mosesov – The results of the first part of the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) expedition to Russia's Bolshoi Tyuters island in the Gulf of Finland have been tremendous, expedition head Artyom Khutorskoy told Sputnik on Wednesday.
The expedition is the fourth to be carried out by the RGS to several Gulf of Finland islands. Some 100 Russian servicemen and 20 units of military equipment have been taking part in the expedition alongside volunteers and Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency journalists.
"Just two weeks [have passed], just 20 volunteers. And the result is really colossal," Khutorskoy said.
In the course of the geographical, ecological and historical expedition, supported by the Russian Defense Ministry, the team discovered hundreds of World War II-era German mines, which have been defused, as well as a wartime Soviet bomber plane and the remains of its crew and German cannon shells.
A military truck full of scrap metal and used German World War II-era gun shells had been sent to the Southern Harbor on Bolshoi Tyuters dozens of times, according to Khutorskoy.
A special ship will be sent to the island to tow away the scrap metal for further utilization on the mainland once the first two-week expedition shift concludes, he added.
Bolshoi Tyuters is located in the Baltic Sea some 75 kilometers (46 miles) from the coast of Finland. Previously populated, the island became uninhabited as a result of World War II. It was occupied by German troops and remained mined since the war.
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