Voices from Russia

Friday, 18 June 2010

Deacon Fyodor Konyukhov will Travel in Ethiopia by Camel

Deacon Fyodor Konyukhov (1951- ), world traveller and adventurer, Honoured Master of Sport of the USSR, he circumnavigated the world four times and crossed the Atlantic fifteen times (once by rowboat). He is a member of the Union of Artists, the Writers’ Union of Russia, and the Russian Union of Journalists.

In August, the famous Russian traveller and adventurer Deacon Fyodor Konyukhov will go on a new expedition to Ethiopia. He is making this trip at the request of the Ethiopian government, so that he can blaze a convenient route for other visitors, to map out future routes for tourist groups, the website of the Ukrainian newspaper Сегодня (Today) reported on Friday. Seven companions will go along with Fr Fyodor on this long journey. They will traverse part of the route on camelback, and they will travel through hilly and rocky terrain by motor vehicle.

Would this be complete without an Ethiopian spiritual song by Meneday?

Fr Fyodor also plans to visit the home area of the ancestors of the famous Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin; he will meet with the Orthodox faithful, and he will negotiate with the local government regarding the acquisition of land in Addis Ababa for the construction of an Orthodox church. On 23 May, the famous traveller was ordained to the diaconate, but he said he plans to keep travelling. He said he would devote time to prayer; however, this shall only be a minor adjustment in the long-term adventuring plans of Fr Fyodor.

18 June 2010



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