A hundred years ago, in 1915, a village was founded on Dickson island in the Kara Sea, today it represents the northernmost settlement of Russia. It partially lies on the island and partially – on the coast of the Yenisei bay of the shore of Peter Chichagov of Taimyr peninsula. The parts are separated by a 1,5-km strait.
The average yearly temperature of Dickson is -11,4C. It is populated by 700 people at the most. There is still a polar station there, but its fish factory was closed, the only hospital is about to close too. Many houses are abandoned, a demolition of each costs three million rubles (about 50,000 dollars).
Photographer Alexey Nikolaev has been in Dickson twice, in summer and in winter, and now he shares these interesting pictures with us.
A monument to a Russian polar traveller Nikifor Begichev built in 1964. The man is buried right there, under the monument, he died in 1926 from a scurvy while wintering at the Pyasina river.
“Taimyr for peace”: the words on the facade of an abandoned house.
An old port building and an unfinished house.
A local man in an all-terrain vehicle. They normally use snowmobiles “Yamaha” or old Soviet tractor haulers that are suitable for moving in tundra.
A place for entertainments.
Old barrels on the coast and a man heading to the airport.
The main street of Dickson and a club that has been closed.
The place where people store boats and fishing instruments.
The only preserved port crane.
Old Soviet slogans.
The view of Dickson island. Only one or two persons permanently live on the island. Others were resettled to the mainland part of the village.
An airport of Dickson and Li-2 aircraft that stands as a monument nearby.
The truck transports luggage to a small ship that will bring everything to the mainland.
A view of the mainland part from the ship.
The view of the town and the monument to the defenders of Dickson during WWII.
One of the main streets. There are many dogs in Dickson, locals say they help to determine if a bear has come to the village – they immediately hide.
Boat motor for repair.
They have made a 30 meters deep tunnel in the glacier to store food there. In any season the temperature in the tunnel is about -10C.
Night in summer is light.
“Democratization and publicity make a law of the perestoika”.
Local people hope that Dickson might have a chance for revival if oil producing companies start working in the Arctic region. Maybe their life would become better then.