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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The snow here is black. It is normal because of air and ground pollution

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However, sometimes it is still white
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As almost everywhere in Russia, Norilsk is a city of contrasts

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A part of buildings is coloured

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Another part is not

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Some buildings are abandoned
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Some are abandoned even being unfinished
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Besides, it is a really cold place. These photos were taken in April
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Minus 30C is a usual temperature in the end of April

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But it is not a barrier to ride a bike!
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This lake is never frozen because factories use it for industrial needs. The sign says: 'Do not enter, protected zone!'
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The water is totally contaminated, there is a lot of heavy metals there. Looks like a dead place
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But who cares!? We will swim! Woo hoo!
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I don't know.. It is just crazy

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Oh my geez
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Also, there is icy wind there almost all the time

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The city is actually closed for foreigners. You have to have some special permits to visit it
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A piece of colour

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The sign: 'Danger! Beware of facades collapse'

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About 2000 tons of pollution are emitted into the air every year in Norilsk
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This is the main office of MMC 'Norilsk Nickel', a nickel and palladium mining and smelting company

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Here is the industrial zone of the city

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A monument to a female geologist
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Abandoned residential buildings beside the industrial zone

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The 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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A fire station of Norilsk is one of rare buildings which look fine

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Local landscapes
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That's all. Such is the dark Russian city of Norilsk

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Photos: Sergey Nikitskiy



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