The Russian Geographical Society’s Great Silver Medal is awarded for great achievements in scientific and expeditionary activities in the implementation of projects of the Russian Geographical Society. In December 2018, the project of the Society’s Krasnoyarsk regional branch Tyurikov’s Plane: Return was recognized as the winner of the Russian Geographical Society Prize in the key nomination Expedition in Russia, and in 2021 the regional branch received the national award of the Russian Geographical Society Crystal Compass.
“A large silver medal is a brilliant result of a great research work. This award belongs to the entire Krasnoyarsk region. Success became possible thanks to the well-coordinated work of our team together with partners, as well as the personal support of the trustees board chairman of the RGS Krasnoyarsk Regional Branch, the Krasnoyarsk region’s governor Alexander Uss.
For us, this is not only a great recognition, but also a great responsibility. We will definitely maintain this momentum”, said Igor Spiridenko.
Contribution to the Turikov’s Plane. Return project at the very beginning of its implementation, even before it got its name, was made by the Norilsk people – members of the RGS’s Norilsk branch. They were asked by colleagues from Krasnoyarsk to obtain cargo for the expedition to Volochanka and further organizing the delivery of equipment to the Douglas crash site.
The Krasnoyarsk branch of the Russian Geographical Society prepared the project of preserving the C-47 aircraft that had crashed on Taimyr for several years, and only nowadays it is possible to implement it – with the help of Norilsk colleagues. Thus, the author of the large television material about the aircraft evacuation to the mainland, a Norilsk journalist, a member of the Russian Geographical Society, Yegor Tulnovsky, became a member of the expedition and witnessed the historical event.
The This Is Taimyr told how the C-47 aircraft’s engines and parts found near the Taimyr village of Volochanka, are being restored by specialists in Novosibirsk.
Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, Photo: Russian Geographical Society and Yegor Tulnovsky