Fieldwork in Murmansk, Russia

In April, Egle Rindzeviciute and Julia Lajus visited the nuclear icebreaker museum “Lenin” in Murmansk, Russia. The icebreaker was saved from demolition by its team, who lobbied Rosatomflot to preserve the ship as a museum. This was a successful effort. The elaborate wooden panelling and some authentic pieces of furniture were preserved and an extensive exhibition on the Northern route and polar nature was installed in the former cabin area. The visitors of “Lenin” can walk through the turbine room and to peek through lead glass windows into the reactor hall. The icebreaker is still owned by Rosatomflot and is moored in central Murmansk. The visitors’ flow is steadily growing, which is looked upon positively by the city administration who are keen to develop Murmansk as a tourist destination and not only an industrial port city.