Wrangel Island in Chukotka is famous as “the home of the polar bear”.Bezrukov & Bashnaeva
The Russian Defense Ministry is finalizing the deployment of a military base on the Arctic Island of Kotelny, a part of the Novosibirsk Islands, Russian Defense Minister Gen. of the Army Sergei Shoigu said on Oct. 22.
"We are not keeping this a secret - we have practically created a base on the Novosibirsk Islands, the Island of Kotelny. This is a big military base, there was no such in the Soviet period, this is a modern complex possessing everything it needs to equip those boundaries," Shoigu said at a press conference in the Russian Geographical Society.
A slightly smaller base will open on the Wrangel Island, and there will be bases on Cape Schmidt, the eastern coast of the Chukchi autonomous region and the Kurils as well, he said.
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