6 Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Posted on December 1, 2014 by tim

Looks like a few of our previous posts were devoted to the Arctic exploration of more recent times, however before that, in the early 20th century, there were other Soviet people who laid the foundation for the contemporary Arctic visits. The people who first reached the Northern pole, the ones who were governing uninhabited Northern territories, pioneers establishing the first Northernmost outposts. Want to take a look into the photographic story of them?

Georgi Ushakov was a chief of the deserted Wrangel island in the arctic. Here he is resting while walking through his vast landholdings.

And here is his camp. The polar bear skins hanging and drying in the short arctic summer sun.

His two buddies inside the base take measurements of each other. 1930.

In the house of the Arctic hunter. See the portrait of Stalin on the wall. 1930.


Polar pilot explorer, Fabio Farich. 

Polar pilots have brought a gramophone with them to the arctic.

Soviet plane TB-3 before takeoff from the Arctic.

Polar pilots being greeted in Red Square, 1934.

This bearded man was a popular Soviet polar pioneer, Mr. Otto Shmidt.

American pilot and Russian polar heroes in Fairbanks, Alaska, 1934

Acting in the first Arctic theater.

Icebreaker “Krasin” stuck in the polar ice. 1934.


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6 Responses to “Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers”

  1. john says:

    great photos

  2. sszzrr says:

    photos were taken perfectly.

  3. xm3 says:

    Brothers Marx on last photo

  4. Otis R. Needleman says:

    Wonder how many of the Arctic explorers during Stalin’s time ended up in the GULAG.

  5. Jon says:

    Great photography. Many thanks.

  6. Karen says:

    Superb photos with great at descriptions…I really enjoyed these..thank you!

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