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Russian Arctic NP to expand with addition of island in Barents Sea

Russian Arctic National Park is planning to incorporate Victoria Island in the Barents Sea. The proposal has been submitted to the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, according to the park's director, Alexander Kirilov.

"Victoria Island is the westernmost island in the Russian Arctic. It was initially supposed to become part of the park, but this never happened for several reasons," Kirilov said, noting that he believed the decision might be made within a year.