On June 29, at the Headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society in St. Petersburg, the three-volume study "The Kola North in the Middle Ages" was presented in the light of new and poorly studied historical documents, as well as a meeting with the author of this scientific work - the candidate of theology, a member of the Writers' Union of Russia, the bishop of Severomorsk And Umba Mitrofan (Badanin).
Aleksei Vasilievich Badanin (born May 27, 1953) served in the Northern Fleet from 1976 to 1997, commanded ships of various classes. In 2000 he received a blessing for monasticism from Archimandrite John (Krestyankin). In 2009, he was awarded the degree of candidate of theology. Since 2010 he is a member of the Writers' Union of Russia. Since 2013, the bishop of Severomorsk and Umba.
Welcoming the guest of honor at the Russian Geographical Society, Director of the Headquarters Viktor Senichkin noted that in its activities the Society relied heavily on learned monasticism, which actively participated in the study of both Siberia and the Far East and the European part of the country. Their contribution to the study of history and ethnography has yet to be explored.
Bishop Mitrofan told about the work on the publication and about the features of the narrative, in which the author initially refused to rewrite all known facts and the repetition of established opinions. «My work is devoted to understanding the role of the Arctic in the history of our country. Russia breathes the North, the Arctic is our historical homeland, we are the northern people - this is the leitmotif of my many years of work», - the bishop emphasized. The main task for the author was to overcome the pernicious gap that occurred in the twentieth century, and Restoration of the role of monasteries in the annexation of the northern lands to Russia, those amazing ascetics who carried light and enlightenment throughout the North.
The transfer of the three-volume edition to the Scientific Library of the Russian Geographical Society. Photo by Tatyana Nikolaeva
The three-volume book, containing original illustrations and unique historical maps, was transmitted by Bishop Mitrophan to the Scientific Library of the Russian Geographical Society.
The presentation of the publication is organized with the participation of the Murmansk regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society.
Text and photo by Tatyana Nikolaeva