Norilsksnab head became Dzhigarhanyan character prototype

Norilsksnab head became Dzhigarhanyan character prototype

May 06, 2022

Vladimir Vsesvyatsky is a legend both for Norilsk and Dudinka. The only one who simultaneously became an honorary citizen of both cities.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. He arrived in Norilsk in March 1943 as the chief engineer of the Spetsstroy office. Participated in the construction of unique structures: from the dam on Dolgoye lake, which raised the water level in the lake, and the wooden conduit from the Norilskaya river to the combine’s industrial site and the broad gauge railway from Dudinka to Norilsk. All those objects were unique and had no analogues in the conditions of the Arctic.

But in Taimyr, Vsesvyatsky was no longer remembered as a builder, but as a supplier. In 1953, he headed the Dudinka sea port, and from 1957 to 1975 he was the permanent head of Norilsksnab – the city’s supplying organization.

It was thanks to Vsesvyatsky that year-round navigation along the Northern Sea Route to Dudinka was introduced. It was he who introduced the widespread practice of container transportation of goods and created the largest container fleet in the USSR.

On October 30, 1981, on his birthday, Vladimir Vsesvyatsky received the USSR State Prize for his contribution to the organization of year-round navigation.

Under his leadership, the Dudinka port and Dudinka itself were built and reconstructed. Now one of its streets bears the name of Vsesvyatsky.

And he was also the prototype of the hero in the play Seeing Off, which was staged in the Norilsk Drama theatre and one of the capital’s theaters. In the capital, Vsesvyatsky-Staroselsky, a solid and honest production worker, was played by a famous soviet actor Armen Dzhigarhanyan.

In the History Spot photo project previous publication, we told that Norilsk sport had been organized together with the Norilsk combine – 87 years ago.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

May 06, 2022

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