In the city of Murom in heartland Russia, the Murom shipyard is building a single-mast ship, drakkar. It is a deckless high-board boat with elevated bow and stern.
The drakkar is ten meters long and three meters wide, takes on board a dozen rowers and a lot of cargo.
On the boat built in Murom, French researchers and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Krichevsky will sail along Russian rivers in the end of this summer.
A replica of the 10th-century drakkar is now in the making at the Murom shipyard. Old masters made parts of it from whole logs. Today ship-builders use materials from veneer production, ordinary tools, adhesives and screws.
Builders of the drakkar say that in performances the contemporary boat will be as good as the ancient one.
Russia's Ambassador to Belarus, Mikhail Babich, said that Moscow would treat any military intervention in the affairs of Belarus as an attack on Russia