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Yuri Aleksandrovich Senkevich (russian: Юрий Александрович Сенкевич) (March 4, 1937 in Choibalsan,
Mongolia Mongolia (, mn, Монгол Улс, Mongol Uls, Mongolian script, Traditional Mongolian: '; literal translation, lit. "Mongol Nation" or "State of Mongolia") is a landlocked country in East Asia. It is bordered by Russia Mongolia–Russia ...

Mongolia
– September 25, 2003 in
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, Russia) was a
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doctor
, and scientist. He is a
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(PhD equivalent degree). Became famous in the USSR and worldwide for his participation in the Ra Expedition, in which he sailed together with
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Thor Heyerdahl
. Senkevich was born to
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parents in Mongolia. In 1960, he graduated from the Military Medical Academy in
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Leningrad
. After his graduation, he received an assignment as a military doctor. In 1962, Senkevich started at ''Moscow Institute of Aviation and Cosmic Medicine'' of the
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. On June 1, 1965, he was selected into Medical Group 2 (along with Yevgeni Illyin, Aleksandr Kiselyov) for the long-duration Voskhod flights in space, all of which were subsequently canceled to make way for the Soviet Moon program. All three were dismissed at the beginning of the following year. He continued his career in that field at the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems of the Ministry of Public Health. From 1966 to 1967, he participated in the 12th Soviet Antarctic expedition at
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station. In 1969,
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Thor Heyerdahl
invited Senkevich to sail on the ''Ra'' papyrus boat, and later on ''Ra II'' in 1970. Yuri Senkevich also sailed on the ''
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'' across the
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. In 1973, Senkevich began his career as a host of the " Travelers' Club" (Клуб путешественников), a show on the
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. During the 30 years, he visited as a journalist more than 200 countries. For his lifetime contribution to the television, he was awarded "
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", a prize of
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, in 1997. Yuri Senkevich is in the ''
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'' as "the world's longest serving TV
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". He had a son, Nikolay Senkevich, who later became head of the NTV channel. He died of
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.В Новодевичьем монастыре состоялось отпевание Юрия Сенкевича
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* ttp://www.astronaut.ru/as_rusia/imbp/text/senkevitch.htm?reload_coolmenus Astronaut.ru — Юрий Александрович Сенкевич {{DEFAULTSORT:Senkevich 1937 births 2003 deaths Russian scientists Russian explorers Soviet military doctors Russian and Soviet polar explorers Soviet scientists Soviet television presenters Recipients of the Order of Friendship of Peoples Russian television presenters S.M. Kirov Military Medical Academy alumni 20th-century Russian journalists