Russian people have tens of years of Polar explorations history. Something like fifty-sixty years ago they didn't have the machines and planes like now but still some spent all year round on the Northern pole on the drifting ice platforms, because at the Northern Pole there is no land surface to build a stationary places like they do at Southern.
Many of those people already passed away. None of such situations are possible now - with lack of electricity, power supplies etc to stay at the Northernmost point of the Earth for 300+ days and don't loose spirit.
These photos truly inspire.