Sychugova Elena Konstantinovna
(1914–21.11.1946)


Geologist, member of geological expeditions on Novaya Zemlya.
Born in St. Petersburg in the family of a personnel officer of the corps of military topographers.
In 1930, she joined the Caucasus Section of the Geological Committee of TsNIGRI and in 1931, as a collector, was assigned to a geological party that worked in Transcaucasia.
At the beginning of 1933, Sychugova joined the All-Union Arctic Institute and was accepted as a collector on the East Novaya Zemlya expedition, where her work experience with paleontological material and methods for its technical processing proved useful. A young geologist N.N. Mutafi, the future husband of Elena Konstantinovna. During the expedition, she together with the expedition leader B.V. At the wintering place of Barents in Ice Harbor on the northeast coast of the northern island of Novaya Zemlya, Miloradovich found things belonging to V. Barents and lying on Novaya Zemlya for 337 years: forged nails, wooden and metal soles, forged key, door hinge, layer spilled over the ground of the pitch, the bottom of an earthen vessel with the remains of a viscous, viscous mass, large octahedral pieces of cork and shards of an old earthenware jug of artistic work (Hermitage workers managed to restore it) with the coat of arms and the monogram “PS”. Closer to shore were the remains of a small boat - two half-rotten frames, a piece of roughly made oars and a harpoon of a form that was not used up to that time. Sychugova was the first woman to visit Ice Harbor. Found items were transferred to the Museum of the Arctic Institute (now the State Museum of the Arctic and Antarctic).
After the birth of her son in 1935, Sychugov continued to work as a geologist in various search parties until the beginning of World War II. She remained in besieged Leningrad and only after her husband’s death was evacuated to Ufa to her mother and son.

 

With son, Alexey Nikolayevich Mutafi

(1935-2011)


At the end of 1945, an official letter was received from the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute Director V.Kh. Buynitsky to the plant where Sychugova worked  with a request to send her to Leningrad for registration on a geological expedition to the De Long Islands for a period of 2 years. However, in early 1946, Sychugov was tragically killed in Leningrad, and not having time to go on an expedition.
Buried in Leningrad at the Serafimov cemetery. The grave, unfortunately, was not preserved.
Bay (EKS) south of Cape Bismarck on the Kara coast of the northern island of New Earth. Named in 1933 by the staff of the East Novaya Zemlya expedition after the first letters of the name, patronymic and surname Sychugovoy. So her workmates called her in a friendly way.

 

Return to the main page