1973 marked Norilsk city status’s 20th anniversary

1973 marked Norilsk city status’s 20th anniversary

January 25, 2023

The anniversary year of 1973 was the time of the main Norilsk construction - a new metallurgical plant, which would thunder throughout the country under the Nadezhda name.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The construction was difficult, simultaneously with the design and development of technological regimes.

Along with the new plant, new people came to the city – builders, foreign specialists, and the level of domestic and cultural services was growing rapidly.

In 1973, every resident of Norilsk received household services worth 43 rubles a year. This corresponded to the level of the first ten cities of the country: in Moscow – 38 rubles. According to statistics, the average annual consumption of foodstuffs by an “average” Norilsk resident was: meat – 69 kilograms, sausages – 86 kilograms, fish – 20 kilograms, eggs – 233 pieces.

In the same year, new shops and cafes continued to open.

A specialized fish cafe Demyanova Uha, a new cafe Polevoi Stan, made in the Russian style, and a restaurant Caucasus – in the southern version were also opened. The latter, five years later, changed his “nationality” from Caucasian to Scandinavian: the restaurant was redesigned to serve the Finnish specialists who built the Nadezhda.

The main children’s discovery of the year was the large store Malchish-Kibalchish. Statistics said that almost a third of the Norilsk population in 1973 were children. Trade workers prepared 200 000 New Year’s gift bags for the children that year – four for each.

In the History Spot’s previous publication, we told that 1968 was the year of the combine gasification era beginning.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

January 25, 2023

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