Georgy Ushakov, a grand explorer of the Arctic, has always been my hero. Ushakov, raised as an orphan by the Russian explorer Vladimir Arsenyev, the author of "Dersu Uzala", later turned into a 1975 Soviet-Japanese co-production film directed by Akira Kurosawa, surveyed, explored and mapped Severnaya Zemlya/Northern Land establishing that it was an archipelago.
Ushakov was a genial fundraiser. He financed his Northern Land dog-sled Expedition by promising his patrons to pay back with the skins of the polar bears .... yet to be killed.
Before that, in 1926, Ushakov founded the first Soviet settlement on Wrangel Island which I have visited in 1979 for the first time.
In 1930-1932, during the Northern Land expedition Ushakov established a polar station called Domashniy Island/Home Island/Остров Домашний. In mid-80s I was visiting this island every winter and spring during my lengthy trips to the Northern Land as Pravda's polar reporter. Fearing of polar bears, equipped with a small gun and a pepper spray, I would walk across the sea ice over Sergey Kamenev Strait from Sredny Island to Domashny Island to pay tributes to the father of my parents' friend, Boris Ushakov, and the grandfather of my best childhood friend, Georgy/ George Ushakov.
Now, George Ushakov, an accomplished metheorologist, glacilogist, anthopologist and the great connoisseur and explorer of the Arctic, avoids the spotlight. He does his research in quiet, which I totally understand, yet regret.
It took me a great effort to make him pose for the camera, along with his young and beautiful daughter Sonia, during my book launch at #RedFest Book Festival on Moscow's Red Square.
George has so many stories to share. More than you can imagine. I think it is now to us to ask him to come out and say hello to the world!
Here are two pictures: of us today, on Red Square, and of me visiting the tombs of his legendary grandfather and of Boris Kremer, a former chief of the polar station on Domashny Island, taken by a legendary polar explorer Dmitry Shparo back in 1985.
Photo Alexey Boytsov and Dmitry Shparo #RedFest #northpolebound #redfestdxb2017 #redfestdxb #northpole #arcticice #northpole #arcticocean