On April 20, 2017, a presentation of a three-volume study "Kola North in the Middle Ages" took place in JSC SMNG, in light of newly discovered and insufficiently researched historical data. In addition, the author of this scientific work, Father Mitrofan (A. B. Badanin), the Bishop of Severomorsk and Umba, Doctor of Theology and a member of the Writers’ Union of Russia, met with the press, with the representatives of the Murmansk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society (MRB RGS), and the Murmansk Arctic State University (MASU).
According to the information received from the Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church of Severomorsk, this piece of work, originally conceived as a doctorate dissertation, is a fundamental study of the enlightenment process that took place in the historic far North of Europe, in particular on Kola Peninsula. The author describes the purpose of his research as "a critical rethinking of the medieval history of our region. Therefore, one of the principles laid down in the foundation of this historical work was a departure from the mechanical rewriting of previously studied historical material, the recitation of well-known facts and the repetition of the established opinions."