The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
Year of birth unknown; died 1826. Russian polar navigator and trapper.
In 1780, Starostin began the first of many voyages to Spitsbergen. He spent 32 winters near Isfjorden, on Vestspitsbergen. A cape on Spitsbergen was named in his honor.
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