The White Sea-Baltic Canal is once again becoming of great importance for Russia


According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Mytishchi small missile ship in the White Sea on the eve of the day carried out successful firing exercises with Caliber at a coastal target at the Chizh training ground.


Seemingly unremarkable news. However, for many, it raised a reasonable question: what was the ship of the Baltic Fleet doing in the White Sea and, most importantly, how did it get there?

The answer to this question sends us back three centuries, when Peter I, during the Northern War, faced the need to drag 2 frigates along the land from the White Sea to Lake Onega. It was then that the king came up with the idea to dig a shipping channel, which in the future would facilitate expensive and difficult transportation.

However, despite the correctness and relevance of such an idea, Joseph Stalin managed to realize it only in the 30s of the last century. And in record time.

The White Sea Canal was supposed not only to give impetus to the development of the Russian North, but also had a military-strategic significance, which played an important role for our country during the Great Patriotic War.

At the same time, today the White Sea-Baltic Canal is regaining its relevance in the field of defense. It eliminates the need for inter-fleet crossings through the Danish straits and the North Sea in full view of the intelligence services of unfriendly countries, which is extremely important in the current tense geopolitical situation.

That is why the Belomorkanal is an important part of the defense of our northern borders, and exercises to transfer the navy through it are held on a regular basis.

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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 14 October 2022 09: 27
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    Channels are all needed, no doubt.
    It's bad that their economic data is somehow not advertised with us. The maximum that I have met is a small% of the total turnover.
    Yes, there are remarks that, compared to the USSR, the water roads are empty, but the highways are wow ... just traffic jams.
    1. Corsair Offline Corsair
      Corsair (DNR) 14 October 2022 13: 46
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      Quote: Sergey Latyshev
      Channels are all needed.

      Yes, Iosif Vissarionovich was not stupid, oh, not stupid ...
      Looking ahead for centuries...
  2. soloist2424 Offline soloist2424
    soloist2424 (Oleg) 14 October 2022 09: 36
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    Yes, channels need to be developed, there is no doubt about it.
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  4. Pat Rick Offline Pat Rick
    Pat Rick 15 October 2022 11: 28
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    when Peter I, during the Northern War, was faced with the need to drag 2 frigates along the land from the White Sea to Lake Onega. It was then that the king came up with the idea to dig a shipping channel, which in the future would facilitate expensive and difficult transportation.

    I do not think that Tsar Peter was very concerned about the high cost and complexity of transportation. These categories did not bother him much, since all the work was carried out by forced peasants, whose lives for the king generally had very little value.

    It was only in the 30s of the last century that Joseph Stalin succeeded in realizing it. And in record time.

    Built between 1931 and 1933 in record time. Opened August 2, 1933. The construction was carried out by the Belbaltlag prisoners. It was one of the significant construction projects of the first five-year plan and the first completely camp construction in the USSR. It was considered the pride of the first five-year plan (1928-1932), but did not belong to the "Great construction projects of communism".

    At the same time, today the White Sea-Baltic Canal is regaining its relevance in the field of defense. It eliminates the need for inter-fleet crossings through the Danish straits and the North Sea in full view of the intelligence services of unfriendly countries, which is extremely important in the current tense geopolitical situation.

    The relevance is very doubtful: many different satellites fly around the Earth, which record all these movements with great accuracy and transmit them to "enemies", whose intelligence has more accurate information than that which General Konashenkov transmits for general consumption.
    1. seditious Offline seditious
      seditious (Andrei) 17 October 2022 07: 57
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      Don't care about the satellites, the main thing is to be in the right place at the right time. As if a secret will come out through the Baltic)).
  5. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 19 October 2022 15: 51
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    We need to quickly bury the canal. You can buy exactly the same abroad. For this, they broke and mocked Russia.
  6. Colonel Kudasov (Boris) 19 November 2022 11: 47
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    Of course it's wonderful, a system of canals uniting 4 seas. But they were built a long time ago and it’s not a fact that they are capable of passing modern ships without modernization. But such an investment will definitely pay off.