Holding 18 kilograms of openwork metal high above his head, the director of the Norilsk Mining and Metallurgical Combine Boris Kolesnikov handed over the symbolic key to the rightful owners. It was received by the first director of the Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant Albert Voronov, who headed the Nadezhda directorate for seven years. Soon, Voronov received an offer to do pure science in Leningrad, at the Gipronickel Institute, and the newborn plant passed into the hands of the former director of the Copper plant, Johnson Hagazheev.
It was Hagazheev, who gave Nadezhda a second wind. Under him, the new plant reached its design capacity three years after the start-up, and the plant entered the flagships of the Soviet industry. In the 21st century, the Nadezhda Metallurgical Metallurgical Plant would be named after Boris Kolesnikov, at whose leadership the Nadezhda was built.
Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive