#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In 1967, the district committee of the trade union and the combine directorate made a joint decision on the establishment of honorary titles. The Personnel Worker title – for those who worked for more than ten years, and the Labor Veteran – for those who honestly and fruitfully worked for more than a quarter of a century.
At that time, there were 876 potential Labor Veterans and several thousand possible Personnel Workers at the combine’s enterprises.
In the late 1960s, the city book of honor appeared. Persons of various professions worthy of representing Norilsk were brought there.
Not only the ore deposits discoverer Nikolay Urvantsev, but also artist Lukyanov came to its pages for the image of Lenin on the Norilsk theater stage, and collector Ivan Rechlov (the one that corresponded with the Belgian queen) – for the first in Norilsk fine art exhibition. In fact, that book was the prototype of the current title of the City Honorary Citizen.
Today’s status of Honorary Norilsk Resident is perhaps the main historical continuation of the entire previous award system of the city.
This title has been awarded for almost half a century, 75 people have been awarded it: Urvantsev, Nepokoichitsky, Saprykin, Kolesnikov, Aristov and many others.
In the History Spot’s previous publication, we told that the postcards with Norilsk views were popular souvenirs: sending a mail card with the inscription ‘Regards from the Arctic’ to the mainland was chic.
Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive