#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The book by the Krasnoyarsk journalist Georgy Kublitsky was published by the State Publishing House of Children’s Literature in 1949.
The book told about the northern cities on the Yenisey river: Turuhansk, Igarka, Dudinka – and about the new city of Norilsk. “Circle on the Map” was the title of a whole chapter about us:
“Circle on the map. A new, young Soviet city. How many interesting, original things are hidden behind its modest name!”
But now it is especially interesting for us that Norilsk was never called by name in this book.
“Let the blizzard howl, let the frost be fierce! On a piece of land reclaimed from the tundra, courageous Soviet people live, work, and build. Remember their work when you see a circle on the map, near which it is written… However, look at the map and read yourself the inscription near this circle, east of Dudinka, not far from the banks of the Yenisey”, the author of the book got out of the situation.
And the reason was that in the post-war years, Norilsk could not be mentioned in the press for reasons of secrecy.
In the History Spot’s previous publication, we told that cabbage was previously grown on the site of Gvardeiskaya square.
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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive