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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New icebreaker “Yevgeny Primakov”: a tribute to the man, underrated in life

Icebreaker “Yevgeny Primakov” was the fourth vessel, was ordered by the Sovcomflot specially to supply platforms. Three others, including the flagship “Gennady Nevelskoi” (the lead ship of the series), is already in operation.

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In February, over the icebreaker solemnly raised the Russian flag, but the real ice trials will begin in April, when the most relevant conditions. After the icebreaker will pass to the customer. At the ceremony even the officials drew attention to the symbolism: the ship, designed to work in harsh conditions in the far East, named on the policy manifested itself in one of the most difficult periods in the history of the country. “MK” talked with the cardiologist, scientist, doctor of medicine, academician David G. Iosseliani, who knew Yevgeny Primakov.

– David G., how do you feel about the fact that the name of Yevgeny Primakov called the icebreaker?

– This, of course, there is a certain symbolism. Perhaps those who took the decision on behalf of icebreaker, did not think so deeply, but Primakov has always been able to work our way through difficulties, to work where hard. Yes you do remember in what period he was in charge of the government.

– Why now there was a ship named in his honor, what do you think?

I suppose it’s a tribute to the man, underrated in life. It’s not the first ship named in his honor. In Murmansk launched the scout ship, also named after Yevgeny Primakov. Because it was a really great statesman, and the first person in the country respected him and consulted with him. But in the society attended some underestimation. I think we have values and personal qualities. During the life of Primakov was a man of gentle, he never had assumed a formidable appearance. But as soon as the case was concerned with fundamental issues, it was iron, nothing was going to shake him. And he always acted in the interests of our country. Remember though the same u-turn over the Atlantic (March 24, 1999, Yevgeny Primakov flying to USA on an official visit in the status of the Prime Minister, turned the plane around over the Atlantic and returned to Moscow in protest against the bombing of Yugoslavia – approx. A. S.). So I the decision to give the icebreaker in honor of Yevgeny Primakov welcome. I believe that this is the right step.

After launching the “Yevgeny Primakov” will be used on the Sakhalin shelf. Icebreaker all year round will ensure the safety of oil and gas in the Okhotsk sea.

Yevgeny Primakov is a Soviet and Russian statesman, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1989-90 he held the post of Chairman of the USSR Supreme Soviet of the USSR, s 1991-96 years was Director of the foreign intelligence Service of the Russian Federation. The Minister of foreign Affairs from 1996 to 1998 and Prime Minister in 1998-99. He died in 2015 in Moscow on 86 year of life.

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