The other day I’ve noticed a poster by Orenburzhye Airlines at the local supermarket announcing direct daily Murmansk to Arkhangelsk flights. The cost of the ticket is ~8000 roubles (about $130) one way according to their site. Before this offer became available one would either have to fly via Moscow (that would take pretty much the whole day) or spend one and a half or two days on the train.
Here is the schedule of the train:
Open 10am to 6pm, closed 1 to 2pm, admission fee 70 roubles.
If you happen to be in Murmansk in the beginning of October, while the city is celebrating 100 years since its founding in 1916, there is no shortage of things to see. Many of them can be enjoyed without any knowledge of Russian. Here is the summary of main events to keep you entertained:
I’ve taken a look at the kandalaksha.su statistics and noticed that my short post mentioning Murmansk prostitution sites continues enjoying immense popularity but, alas, the resources it points to are mostly down. The only one that appears alive although not exactly full of information or activity is murmansk.sexros.net. One is disconnected, another one is for sale, and the third just wouldn’t open. Another industry appears to have succumbed to the recession.
The event will feature films united around the northern theme. At least in the past all films shown had English subtitles, and the festival’s site has an English version, which gives a reason to expect that the event will be accessible to the international traveler. After the Murmansk show the festival will tour other Murmansk region cities, including Kandalaksha.
It is a beginner-level 108km bike marathon. Starts at Olenegorsk at the Murmansk Highway, at 10am, and proceeds via country trails through Laplandia, Taybola, Pushnoy, Loparskaya, Magnetity, Kil’dinstroy, and Zverosovkhoz. That’s your chance to explore Kola region back roads!
One can register till August 5 by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate if you need to be delivered from Murmansk to Olenegorsk.
More at velomurman.ru
This Sherman tank was on board of Thomas Donaldson transport ship on its way to Murmansk in March 1945 as part of the JW-65 convoy under the Lend-Lease program. It was hit by a German torpedo near the Kil’din Island and sank. The ship is still at the bottom of the Barents sea while some of its load was brought to the surface, including this Sherman tank delivered to the Murmansk port and put on a railroad platform today. Its final destination is one of St. Petersburg museums. For more see this b-port article.
An exhibition entitled “Sun City. The Architecture of Communism”, dedicated to Soviet architecture of 1960s to 1980s, is open till Sept. 4 at the Murmansk Regional Art Museum (ul. Kominterna 13). It aims to demonstrate to the public the language of Soviet-era building style, dominated by the idea of space exploration, via 150 photos.
The Center of Social and Psychological Assistance and Legal Support for the Victims of Discrimination and Homophobia “Maximum” has been found guilty of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors” on the group’s VK page, and fined 100 th. roubles (about $1500 at the current exchange rate).
|Location||Roubles/m2||In $US at the current exchange rate of 62 roubles per $1US|
|Murmansk||37202||Just over $500/m2|
|Kola||37052||just over $500/m2|
|Monchegorsk||15000||just under $250/m2|
|Olenegorsk||17100||just under $400/m2|
|Severomorsk||35500||slightly over $500/m2|
|Polarnye Zori||30000||under $500/m2|
|Pushnoy||7895||slightly over $100/m2|