NARRATIVE – A Russian three-master, an exact replica of an 18th century frigate, became persona non grata in Europe after the start of the war in Ukraine. But the captain, opposed to Vladimir Putin, cannot return to his native country either.
It’s a three-master straight out of another century, caught up in its navigation by current events. The Shtandart, 34.5 meters long, the hull painted yellow and black, an exact replica of the flagship of Tsar Peter the Great, emerged from its historical reveries and its libertarian ideal by the war in Ukraine, which deprived it, to because of its Russian flag, to dock in many European ports.
The Russian association ship, which mobilizes a crew of volunteer sailors from all over the world, was in Corfu, Greece, when the conflict broke out. Sète, Pasaia, Castellón de la Plana… The summer tour of the various ports was announced under good auspices, after two years marked by the Covid-19 crisis. But the cities have canceled in cascade under the sanctions observed by Europe against Russia. The ship, whose home port is St. Petersburg, found itself persona non grata in the Mediterranean. “Where to go ? We had the choice between Turkey…