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Russians Follow Great Silk Road
16.06.2006 01:33
Russians Follow Great Silk Road

Have a glance into the past with two Russian brothers departing on a tour along the Great Silk Road. Alexander and Sergey Sinelnik are about to follow in the footsteps of Grand Prince Svyatoslav, the son of Igor, who in the second half of the 10th century discovered the route, which would become one of the major links in the cross-continental path of silk trade.
      The Sinelniks have a huge experience in extreme journeys. Theyve been high in the mountains, covered 75,000km on five continents, including African and Australian deserts.
      This time around, the Rusich boat, 15m long, 4m wide, will carry 16 seafarers along the 5,000km route within two months. The men are dressed in ancient tailor-made costumes. The vessels style is there to match them. The boat is adorned with a dragons head on the bow and its tail on the stern.
      They will ride through lakes Onega and Ladoga, the Volga-Baltic canal, the Volga and Oka rivers, with stops planned in the cities of Cherepovets, Nizhny Novgorod, Saratov, Tolyatti, and Astrakhan.
      From there, the brave men will go into open sea to reach ports of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Iran. They do not take on any state-of-the-art equipment. A compass, watch and an engine will do, they say.


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