Check out Murmansk in this time-lapse video. You'll get a taste of what an industrial shipping city on Russia's Arctic north looks like.
In the northeast, Russia is bolstering some of its old Soviet military garrisons on the Arctic. They are spending an enormous amount on expanding their navy in the region.
A recent and critically acclaimed Russian film called Leviathan is set in the far north, in the Murmansk region. It doesn't have a lot to do with the history of energy, but it's a weighty film about contemporary political power in Russia well worth watching.
Reading first person accounts from witnesses to the Chernobyl disaster humanizes the event, as many of you pointed out in class. This is surely one of the reasons Svetlana Alexievich's Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster is such a powerful book.
In the context of our course, they also add an important dimension to the broader history of the relationship between Soviet power and technological advance that we've been considering in past weeks. They paint vivid pictures of how individuals experienced, felt about, and concluded from a failure of technology, expertise, and governance. What do the voices tell us about this broader story? About what it meant to be a "hero" in the late Soviet Union? About Soviet identity and patriotism?
Here are some of the resources that we discussed in class.