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Joint British Army and Russian Emercom adventure expedition

the First Official Meeting in London in November 2000

On 12-17 November 2000, an official committee from EMERCOM (Russian Ministry for Emergencies) and Wild Russia visited London to meet with officials from the RLC and MOD. The aim of the visit was to establish formal relations between both parties. It was agreed following the meeting between the MOD and EMERCOM that the Expedition will take place in July and August 2001. It was also agreed to organise joint training in Scotland in February 2001 in order to improve communication and mountain skills between the Russian and British Teams prior to the main Expedition in North Eastern Siberia.
Sergey Staroverov, Yegor Churakov and Major Tim Smith by the River Thames


Andrey Legoshin holds the RLC Parade Drum


At the Training RLC Group office
Visiting the military climbing wall centre
Andrey Legoshin and Ned Rimmer look at a WWII riffle in the museum of RLC


Party in a pub at the Covent Garden


Wild Russia partners in the RLC HQ Office
Visiting Royal Geographical 
Society, staring at some ancient maps of Yakutia
Sam, the doctor of the expedition, tells the truth to his potential Russian client


The formal dinner and the toast for the Queen


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