#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Labor Red Banner Order for the discovery and exploration of the Talnah deposit of copper-nickel ores was presented to geologists by the director of the plant Vladimir Dolgih. Nikolay Urvantsev, the discoverer of Norilsk, flew to the celebration from Leningrad as a professor at the All-Russian Research Institute of Oceanology.
A year earlier, in 1965, the Norilsk Mining and Metallurgical Combine received its first award. At the same time, a column of trucks with the first Talnah ore drove along the main Norilsk street. In 1966, Mayak mine’s ore was sent to Norilsk by train.
For Vladimir Dolgih, who was leading the ceremony of presenting the order to the geologists, that year was also special. For the first time, the director of the Norilsk Mining and Metallurgical Combine was elected a deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, which, according to him, added work and greater responsibility.
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Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: Norilsk Nickel Polar Division archive