#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. One of the eleven future laureates of the Lenin Prize for the development and implementation of the construction pile foundations in the Far North arrived in Norilsk together with other evacuees from Monchegorsk. When the team of future Norilsk residents was being formed at the Severonickel combine, a special request was made for engineer Anisimov. The combine under construction needed an experienced specialist in the laying and operation of water intakes and pipelines. In 1943, under the leadership of Leonid Anisimov, a dam was built on lake Dolgoe, the country’s first hydraulic structure on permafrost. By the end of 1949, a water conduit was built from Norilskaya river to lake Dolgoye, without which the launch of the Big Concentration Plant was impossible.
The wooden sections of the pipeline served for 20 years; they were replaced with steel after the construction of the second line. By that time, Leonid Anisimov managed to leave the northern city and to return again.
Honored builder of the RSFSR, Lenin Prize laureate took an active part in the construction of the Nadezhda metallurgical plant. Under his leadership, the Nadezhda tailing dump was built.
In 1977, the chief engineer of the capital construction department of the NMMC became the tenth honorary citizen of the city. Nine years later, in 1986, 79-year-old Leonid Anisimov was seen off on retirement by the second generation of Norilsk residents. The ceremonial farewell took place at the House of Technology. Surely in the hall and in the city there were no longer (or there were only a few) either the former Monchegorsk comrades, or colleague-laureates. His own Norilsk experience by that time was 35 years, and his general construction experience was two decades longer.
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Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division Archive