January 01, 2009

Islands of Mystery

“Strange things always happen with Solovki,” wrote Dmitry Lebedev in response to my letter, “one needs to be careful.”

I emailed Lebedev when I decided I absolutely had to visit the Solovetsky Islands in 2008. Lebedev is the unofficial coordinator of the Northern Seafaring Fellowship, a group of enthusiasts involved with several volunteer projects on Solovki. They run a free Seafaring Museum and are constructing a wooden replica of the 18th century ship that Peter the Great used to sail the White Sea.

“I’d like to come and work on the islands,” I wrote, “what can I do to help out?”

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