Why do people get attached to the North? It is difficult for me to answer, because I have been on Dikson since my birth, this life is the best for me. I think, the attachment is connected with the different relationships between the people as they are not on the mainland. In hard life conditions people always share everything: the last piece of bread, the news, their problems. Leave a group of people in the forest – there is no doubt that they will stay together. It is the same in the Arctic. Hard polar conditions encourage people to form a community and value such things as responsibility, kindness, spirit, decency. During soviet times these qualities were associated with the concept of polar explorers, it was important what the person was like.
My father was a real polar explorer. He came to Dikson at the end of the1960s, worked as a wireless operator at the radio meteorological center and was later employed in a fish-factory and became a professional hunter and fisherman. He began a long distance relationship with my mum and some time later she moved to Dikson too. I was born in February 1971, went to the kindergarten and later to school there on the island. I joined the army from Dikson and after I enlisted in the Army I went back there. I lived on the island until 1998, working as the main mechanic for a wood processing company before becoming self-employed. After a 70% reduction in the population, my wife and child moved to the mainland; I joined them later.