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June 21, 2014 posted by Sean Sheepskin

Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia

Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia

The city of Norilsk (Krasnoyarsk Krai), the world’s northernmost city located above the Arctic Circle, and perhaps the most polluted and gloomy city in Russia. The life expectancy here is about 10 years less than average for the country. This is a really harsh industrial city and life seems to be not that sweet there. However, more than 175000 inhabitants live and work in this cold dark place.

 

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Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 03The snow here is black. It is normal because of air and ground pollution

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Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 05However, sometimes it is still white

Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 06As almost everywhere in Russia, Norilsk is a city of contrasts

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Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 08A part of buildings is coloured

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Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 10Another part is not

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Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 12Some buildings are abandoned

Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 13Some are abandoned even being unfinished

Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 14Besides, it is a really cold place. These photos were taken in April

Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 15Minus 30C is a usual temperature in the end of April

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Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 17But it is not a barrier to ride a bike!

Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 18This lake is never frozen because factories use it for some industrial needs. The sign says: ‘Do not enter, protected zone!’

Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 19The water is totally contaminated, there is a lot of heavy metals there. Looks like a dead place

Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 20But who cares!? We will swim! Woo hoo!

Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 21I don’t know.. It is just crazy

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Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 23Oh my geez

Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 24Also, there is icy wind there almost all the time

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Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 29The city is actually closed for foreigners. You have to have some special permits to visit it

Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 30A piece of colour

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Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 33The sign: ‘Danger! Beware of facades collapse’

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Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 37About 2000 tons of pollution are emitted into the air every year in Norilsk

Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 38This is the main office of MMC ‘Norilsk Nickel’, a nickel and palladium mining and smelting company

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Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 42Here is the industrial zone of the city

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Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 50A monument to a female geologist

Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 51Abandoned residential buildings beside the industrial zone

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Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 53The Norilsk Nickel is one of the most reach companies in Russia. But unfortunately, the government and the company leadership prefer to invest money in Africa instead of their own city

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Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 62A fire station of Norilsk is one of rare buildings which look fine

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Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 65Local landscapes

Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 66That’s all. Such is the dark Russian city of Norilsk

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Dark Norilsk: The most polluted and gloomy industrial city of Russia - 68

Photos: Sergey Nikitskiy



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  • Beautiful pictures, well done!

    Greetings from The Netherlands!

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