The Flame of Сesme
The Kostroma Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society, the TV project "Russian Trace" and the film company "SKYFIRST" will restore the history of the former Archipelago Province, which existed on 31 islands in the Aegean Sea. The project received support from the Presidential Grants Fund. In October 2021, the expedition members went to the Greek islands. The route followed the path of Russian sailors in the Eastern Mediterranean: Athens - Paros - Naxos - Mykonos - Patmos - Chios Strait - Lemnos and Lavrion. During the expedition, underwater studies of sunken Russian ships were carried out, their resting places were examined and the examination of previously found artifacts was completed.
The expedition participants are the Kostroma Branch of the Russian Geographical Society, the TV project "Russian Trace", the film company "SKYFIRST", underwater archaeologists, high school students from Kostroma Oblast who passed a strict selection: they had to have excellent knowledge of the history of the 18th century, knowledge of English and be in good physical shape. The expedition consultant is historian, Doctor of Historical Sciences Elena Smilyanskaya; the organizers are the author of the TV project "Russian Trace", journalist Alexey Nikulin, head of the Kostroma Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society Roman Ryabintsev, executive director of the Greek Research Foundation Agathangelos Gkiourtzidis, historian Sergey Galani, producer Alexander Morev, director Viktor Chunyaev.
The complex international historical and educational expedition of the Russian Geographical Society "The flame of Cesme: The Greek Gambit" took place from October 8 to October 23, 2021, on the frigate "Shtandart". The purpose of the study was to search for material traces of the presence of the Russian fleet on the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Here, after the defeat of the Ottoman Fleet in the Battle of Cesme in 1770, a Russian colony existed for several years — the so-called Archipelago Province.
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