Stretching 7,000 kilometers around the top of the planet, Russia’s Far North dwarfs the Arctic regions of the rest of the world put together. Russian bureaucrats call the Arctic the “Zone of Absolute Discomfort” – an icy wasteland dotted with decrepit towns and villages that is awful to live in, but is just about habitable enough for its communities to survive and extract millions of tons of oil, gas and minerals trapped under the tundra.


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