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.