Boris Kolesnikov was on intimate terms with Norilsk people
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Boris Kolesnikov was on intimate terms with Norilsk people

October 30, 2020

The Norilsk residents of the 1970s – 1980s considered the director of the plant to be their fellow.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In the time of Boris Kolesnikov, the territory of the Taimyr Autonomous District (now the Taimyr Municipal District) was also among constant concerns of the combine’s director. In 1979, before the elections to the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, the director met not only with the Norilsk residents, but also flew around Taimyr from Dikson to Svetlogorsk at the Kureika river.

The director met not only with the Norilsk residents, but also flew around Taimyr from Dikson to Svetlogorsk at the Kureika river

It was the sixth year out of fifteen years as a director of Boris Kolesnikov. The year of the forthcoming launch of the Nadezhda metallurgical plant and the February accident at the Messoyaha-Norilsk gas pipeline, which destroyed 40 kilometers of pipelines.

In February 1979, gas workers managed to restore the flow of gas to the CHP plant in a week: it took several months to fully restore and replace pipes in the destroyed section. The entire combine took part in the liquidation of the accident, and the director of the Norilsk mining and metallurgical combine was in charge of the headquarters.

In the same period, the election campaign ended with the fact that on March 4, Boris Kolesnikov, together with the former director of the NMMC Vladimir Dolgih, who passed through one of the Krasnoyarsk districts, became deputies of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.

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Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive

October 30, 2020

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