Shestakov, Afanasiy Ivanovich (1677–1730)
Shestakov, Afanasiy Ivanovich (1677–1730) – was a Cossack colonel from Yakutsk and a navigator. In 1725 he offered the government in St. Petersburg to organize an expedition aimed at the subjugation of the Chukchi and conquering the islands in the Arctic Ocean, as well as the conquest of the Kuril Islands and their inhabitants. The government was assigned to create a special expedition with the base in Anadyr stockade town, in the region of the Okhotsk Sea coast, Chukotka, and Kamchatka. Shestakov was appointed the head of the expedition, and the captain of Tobolsk dragon regiment D. I. Pavlutsky was the commander of the military team. But the heads of the expedition had an argument and it was split into two. Shestakov set off to Okhotsk where he was killed in the battle against the Chukchi, in the Penzhina Delta. A bay and a cape in the Tauyskaya Bay and an island in the Penzhina Bay of the Okhotsk Sea were named after Shestakov.