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The idealistic intentions with which the Kola Peninsula has been exploited since the Russian revolution left deep marks in the landscape, and in the inhabitants’ minds.
After the Revolution of 1917, the Kola Peninsula, located above the polar circle in the northwest of Russia, was gradually developed and exploited for its rich mineral resources. Attracted by the unknown, from all over the Soviet Union geologists and mining engineers kept coming to the Arctic region, inspired by adventurous dreams about virgin territory and utopian ideals. The development of the region ran parallel to the history of communism. Mining had a profound impact on the landscape. Today, the ideals of the older generation have been quashed. Most youngsters want to leave, but the decay also leaves some room for beauty, perspective and resilience.