Why do we love Norilsk?

There are three things that made even the inhospitable conditions tolerable: a living allowance, generous rewards for hard work, and an abundant supply of goods.

Thanks to our high northern wages, we could afford to fly to Moscow every weekend if we wanted to; smiles spread over my parents’ faces when they reminisce about how their local supermarkets were overflowing with sweetened milk, while you could hardly find a block of margarine in the rest of the Soviet Union.

For us is a privilege to live our live in Norilsk.


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