The letter has been sent to the authorities of the Krasnoyarsk region with a proposal to return the name of Nicholas II to the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago, TASS reports.
“The letter is addressed to the head and parliament of the region. The appeal was supported by the legendary researcher Fyodor Konyuhov, Bishop Iakov of Naryan-Mar, the head of the Two-Headed Eagle organization Konstantin Malofeev, and the granddaughter of the Russian Columbus Boris Vilkitsky, Irina Tikhomirova. We hope that the regional authorities will accept our arguments and take measures to restore historical justice”, said Victor Zubarev, State Duma deputy from the Krasnoyarsk region.
The regional parliament reported that they had received the letter and the deputies were working on it.
The archipelago is located north of the Taimyr peninsula in the Krasnoyarsk region on the border of the Kara sea and the Laptev Sea. It was discovered in 1913 by the Vilkitsky’s hydrographic expedition. In 1914, it was named the Land of Emperor Nicholas II, and one of the islands was named after Tsarevich Alexey. In 1926, the archipelago was renamed into Severnaya Zemlya, the island of Tsarevich Alexey – into Maly Taimyr island.
Earlier, the This Is Taimyr wrote that the bay of Maria Pronchishcheva in the Laptev sea would be renamed into the bay of Tatiana Pronchishcheva. This is the real name of the polar explorer Vasily Pronchishche’s wife. A toponymic error occurred several centuries ago when decrypting maps.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: russiadiscovery.ru