Norilsk once had its own satirical magazine Crocodile
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Norilsk once had its own satirical magazine Crocodile

December 21, 2022

Despite the harsh climate, there has always been a lot of visual agitation and advertising on the Norilsk streets.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Information stands and honor boards were most often placed on Leninsky prospect. The walls of the houses there were decorated with Soviet advertising, they invited people to work at the plant, urged them to fly by plane or use the services of street photographers.

At the same time, visual information spoke not only about the advantages of Soviet society, but also scourged the vices. So, right on Leninsky prospect one could see posters with excerpts from the criminal code: for example, about punishment for hooliganism.

The satirical stand Crocodile, which was released by the combine’s labor and wages department, enjoyed the greatest attention. Hooligans, drunkards, brawlers and negligent workers fell on its pitchfork. They weren’t afraid to drag even an environmental theme into Crocodile.

At the same time, any Norilsk resident could write his note for the “toothy” stand. Crocodile was so loved that local engineers even mechanized it, forcing the figures to move.

In the History Spot’s previous publication, we told that they wanted to launch trams, trolleybuses and a monorail in Norilsk.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

December 21, 2022

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