On November 13, 2010, the Russian news service RIA Novosti ran this report on the end of the 2010 Russian extended continental shelf cruise (July-October), during which new data was acquired for the Russian Federation's supplemental submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS).
Daria Vasilevskaya, deputy head of the Geology Department of the Natural Resources Ministry "told RIA Novosti the new research was necessary as details of previous expeditions were labeled secret due to the use of military equipment."
Speaking of earlier cruises on which ECS data was gathered, Vasilevskaya said:
" 'It was not possible to give a full description of the military technical equipment on account of secrecy.' The new research was done on board the ship Akademik Fyodorov from July through October. Only civilian equipment was used, Vasilevskaya said."
The use of civilian equipment does not automatically translate into any information being more readily available to non-participants in the Russian Federation CLCS process. It does, however, potentially signal somewhat greater transparency for the parts of the process that are eventually made public.
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