Welcome to Norilsk, a city built on s...

Welcome to Norilsk, a city built on slavery and cold comfort

Dec 3, 2017 Read more: The Age

Norilsk, Russia : Blessed with a cornucopia of precious metals buried beneath a desert of snow, but so bereft of sunlight that nights in winter never end, Norilsk, 320 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, is a place of brutal extremes. It is Russia's coldest and most polluted industrial city, and its richest - at least when measured by the value of its vast deposits of palladium, a rare mineral used in cellphones that sells for more than $US1000 an ounce.

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