25 July 2013, 16:28
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On January 10, 2008, Arthur Chilingarov, the former Speaker of the Russian Parliament - Duma, the President of The Polar Explorers Association, an Armenian by descent, was awarded the title Hero of the Russian Federation by the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin for «courage and heroism shown in extreme conditions and successful completion of the 2007 Russian North Pole expedition” . In August 2007, as the head of the High-Latitude Arctic Deep- Water Expedition, he executed the first in the history mini-submarine descent to the North Pole seabed. A member of the bathyscaphe “Mir I” crew, Artur Chilingarov, has descended 4,261 meters to the seabed of the North Pole. A titanium capsule with the Russian flag was planted at the bottom of the ocean as a proof of descent.

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