Located just 800 miles from the North Pole on the island of Spitsbergen, the Soviet-era ghosttown of Pyramiden is one of the northernmost permanent settlements in the world. The site was first developed as a mining village in 1936, after the Soviets acquired the rights to mine the local coalfields. Although Pyramiden was abandoned in 1998, it remains remarkably well preserved due to the frigid Arctic climate.
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Today only six people permanently reside in the former communist outpost. Working as Pyramiden’s resident tour guide, Aleksandr Romanovsky is one of those few inhabitants. Better known as “Sasha from Pyramiden,” Romanovsky gives tours of the frozen Soviet time capsule to curious tourists. In this short film from filmmaker David Beazley, visit the Arctic ruins of theSoviet era as Romanovsky reflects on his solitary life at the edge of the world.
David Beazley: http://www.beazknees.com/
Take a Tour of a Soviet-Era Ghost Town at the Edge of the World | Short Film Showcase
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