Food parcels sent from Norilsk to mainland during shortage times

Food parcels sent from Norilsk to mainland during shortage times

September 13, 2023

In the early 1980s, everywhere on the country periphery, food products disappeared from store shelves.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. At the same time, supplies were still good in Norilsk. And the flow of gifts sent to relatives changed direction – delicious parcels were no longer sent to the Arctic, but the other way round.

Local authorities had to temporarily prohibit the acceptance of products at city post offices. This was motivated by the fact that “the sale of food products in the city has sharply increased due to their significant export from Norilsk and sending through post offices”.

The postal ban included meat and fish, sausage and cheese, vegetable and butter, scarce canned food, even honey, jam and tea.

To avoid the temptation to hide some delicacy in parcel boxes, postal workers were instructed to accept items only in soft packaging.

In the History Spot photo project’s previous publication, we told that by the end of the 1970s, consumer shortages reached Norilsk.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

September 13, 2023

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