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Who exactly is the transformation of Nikel being carried out for?

RUSSIA / Historically speaking, Nikel is a "monotown" – a city created and run by a city-forming industrial company with one sole purpose: to exploit industrial labour.

This article was translated by Google and R.E.

For us humans, our relationship with change is complex and often delicate. Some changes are easy to accept, perhaps because they are insignificant, but even changes that we consider good and valuable can appear challenging. When it comes to changes in one's surroundings, for example those that are sudden and fundamental like in the city Nickel in Russia, the question arises: what does the change mean for those for whom it is made?

Nickel's many identities

Nikel is a special place: The mining town located on the tundra on the Kola Peninsula just above the Arctic Circle, borders Norway and is only 50 kilometers from Kirkenes. In addition to being a border town, Nikel is also historically a so-called monotown – a town created and run by a town-forming industrial company with one sole purpose: to exploit industryor labor. First established by the Finnish board with Canadian nickel industry technology, Nickel ended up in the hands of the Soviet Union in 1944 after a peace treaty was signed with Finland. Soviet planned economy and rich occurrence of a strategically important metal made . . .

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Elina Turbina
Turbina is the recipient of a Habitat Norge master's scholarship 2021.

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