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    Krasnoyarsk Krai

    Encyclopedia Arctica 10: Soviet North, Geography and General

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    [ ?] KRASNOYARSK KRAI (Territory) of the U.S.S.R., 928,000 square miles in

    area, with a population of 1,940,000 in 1939 , constitutes the basin of the Yenisei River (qv) emptying into the

    Kara Sea (qv) of the Arctic Ocean, and also includes the Severnaia

    Zemlia Archipelago (qv) in the Arctic. Excluding these islands , [ ?] it extends from the

    northernmost mainland point on the face of the globe, Cape Cheliuskin, (qv)

    [ ?] 77°41′N. of the Taimyr Peninsula (qv) south to 51°15′, where it bor–

    ders the Tuva Autonomous Oblast. Severnaia Zemlia, however, extends the

    latitude of the Territory north ward to 81°16′. Approximately half of the

    Territory lies north of the Arctic Circle, and includes such well-known

    Arctic developments as the lumber-export city of Igarka (qv), the

    mining settlements of Nordvik (qv) and Norilsk (qv) , and the Arctic ports of Dickson,

    (qv). and Dudinka (qv). Except for Igarka, they all lie within the northernmost subdivision

    of the Territory ,- the Taimyr ( National Okrug , - whose native inhabitants

    are chiefly Dolgan and Nenets, with some Yurak, Nganasan and Yakut. How–

    ever, this Okrug is the most thinly populated portion of the Eurasian

    Arctic, and the majority of the its population are Russians in the four

    [ ?] towns and settlements listed above. [ ?]

    South of the Taimyr National Okrug, but also largely north of the

    Arctic Circle, is the Evenki National Okrug (qv), which parallels the

    Yenisei River to the east, but does not quite approach it. This is be–

    cause, from Igarka south, the majority of the populati on along the

    river, rural as well as urban, is Russian.

            43% of the Krasnoyarsk Krai is covered by tundra or mixed tundra and forest, while Aalmost the entire Territory is Arctic or sub-Arctic in two three respects.

    First, the average annual temperature is below freezing except along

    and south of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, which is at about 56°N.

    Secondly, the entire north and east of the Territory is [ ?] under–

    lain by permafrost. Only the narrow strip from the Yenisei River west

    to the boundary of the Territory, from 66° southward, and the narrower

    strip east of the river to the beginning of the East Central Siberian Plateau,

    are free of permafrost. In the east, permafrost extends southward to

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    the very border of the Territory, which there lies at 52°-53° N. In

    other words, the permafrost line takes an unusual direction in this

    portion of the U.S.S.R., running north-south instead of east-west.

    This is also the dividing line between Russian and native rural popula–

    tion, the Russians not having settled en masse as yet in the rugged

    eastern plateau country, whose rugged physical [ ?] structure

    and soil conditions [ ?] make agriculture

    more difficult and less profitable. The third identifications of the Territory as

    Arctic is that it lies, almost entirely, north of rail. [ ?] With one third as large as the U.S., it has 400

    miles of track.

            On the east, Krasnoyarsk Territory is bounded by the Yakut A.S.S.

    Republic (q.v.) along the northern half of that border, and [ ?]

    by Irkutsk Oblast along the southern half. On the west, running from

    north to south, it is bounded by Tiumen Oblast (qv), Tomsk Oblast,

    Kemerovo Oblast (the Kuzbass heavy industrial region) and Altai Terri–


            In addition to the Arctic Taimyr and Evenki National Okrugs,

    Krasnoyarsk Territory includes the non-Arctic, mountainous Khakass

    Autonomous Oblast in the extreme south. [ ?] The territory between, inhabited

    mainly by Russians, is chiefly sub-Arctic.

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            Physical and Geographical Description . The southwestern [ ?] corner

    of Krasnoyarsk Territory is occupi t ed by spurs of the Sailiugem Range,

    from which the [ ?] Western Saian Mts. extend

    northeastward. They merge with the Eastern Saians in the Kansk

    White Mts. The eastern slopes of the Kuznetsk Ala-Tau Mts. penetrate

    the Territory from the direction of Kemerovo Oblast. The area east–

    ward from them to the Yenisei River is occupied by the steppes and

    forest-steppes of non-Arctic Khakassia, intersected by Batenev Ridge

    and other low ranges., and interrupted by low mounds in the steppes.

    The area between the Angara and Podkammenaia Tunguska Rivers, right

    tributaries of the Yenisei, is occuped by the mountainous Yenisei

    Ridge. [ ?]

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            The Central Siberian Plateau, between the Yenisei and Lena (qv)

    Rivers, is also intersected by [ ?] low mountain chains. The Terri–

    tory in general slopes from South to North. Individual peaks in the

    Western Saian rise to 6,600 ft., but in the plateau lands of the Upper,

    Podkammennaia and Lower Tunguska Rivers the average heights are between

    1,000 and 1,600 ft., while the settlements between the Saians and the

    Angara River, usually lying in river valleys, are at altitudes of 325

    to 1,000 ft., Lowlands are also encountered along the left (west) bank

    of the Yenisei and along the Arctic coast.

            [ ?] Geologically, Krasnoyarsk Territory is composed,

    for the most part of archaic Paleozoic, [ ?] strata, and

    only the [ ?] portions lying within the West Siberian and

    North Siberian lowlands and on the southern boundary of the Central

    Siberian Plateau are overlain by Jurassic, Tertiary and Quaternary

    rocks. strata In the course of a succession of geological periods, these

    deposits were subjected to a variety of tectonic disturbances, which

    [ ?] resulted in the formation of a number of folded regions

    of radial movement with breaks in their continuity, filled by magmatic

    [ ?] extrusions reaching to the surface. These dislocations facilitated

    vigorous formation of ores in the contact zones. On the other hand,

    the depressions occupied by bodies of water witnessed the depositing

    of various salts and organic - vegetable - deposits, leading to the

    formation of true and brown coals.

            The climate of the Territory is continental. The average winter

    temperature ranges from −0.4°F. in the south to −29.2°F. in the north,

    with [ ?] temperatures a dozen degrees lower in both cases not

    at all uncommon. The summer averages range from 64.4°F. to 68°F. in

    the southern, agricultural areas. [ ?] In the northern tundra the range

    of averages is between 50°F. and 57.2°F., but on Dickson Island, im–

    mediately off the coast, it is only 39°F. to 41°F. It has already been

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    mentioned that from the city of Krasnoyarsk south, the average annual

    temperature is about [ ?] 33.8°F. Everywhere else it is below freezing,

    reaching 7°F. to 3°F. in the Far North. The greatest precipitation is

    encountered in the mountains, where it reaches 38 inches. In the forest

    zone it is 16 to 20 inches, and in the southern forest steppe, 8 to

    12 inches. The heaviest precipitation is during the summer. In the winte

    winter, the snow attains a considerable depth, 24 to 32 inches, only

    in the forest zone, in some portions of the tundra and in the mountains.

    In the forest steppe, however, it reaches only 8 to 16 inches.

            The Yenisei River serves to this day as the chief transit artery

    in the Territory, spatially speaking, [ ?] for there are only 400

    miles of railroad track within its borders. However, they carry far

    more traffic than does the waterway system. But it is the Yenisei

    and its tributaries which give the territory geographic and economic

    unity. There is no north-south highway or railroad. The Yenisei has

    therefore retained its [ ?] 350-year-old role as the [ ?] link

    between the [ ?] thinly-populated Far North and the economically more

    advanced south of the territory, served by the Trans-Siberian Railroad.

    The Northern Sea Route on the one hand, and aerial transport on the

    other, are secondary to the riverway as a means of effecting that

    north-south connection, although the Arctic waterway has established

    a link with other parts of the country hitherto virtually lacking.

            The Yenisei exercises a modifying climatic influence upon the

    northern portion of the Territory by carrying a large mass of warm

    water from the south. This reflects itself in annual temperatures and,

    therefore, in the absence of permafrost along its [ ?] shores. Rising

    in the Tuva National Oblast, the river is navigable virtually the

    entire length of the Territory, from Dedushkin Rapids to the Kara

    Sea, a distance of some 2,000 miles. Its eastern tributaries, the Kan and the

    great Upper (Angara), Podkammenaia and [ ?] Lower Tunguskas, are far

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    larger than the western: Kas, Sym, Elogui and Turukhan. The navigable

    upper reaches of the Chulym, a tributary of the Ob, give the southern

    agricultural regions of Krasnoyarsk Territory access to that other

    great river system of the north. The Taimyr Peninsula has its own

    river systems in the [ ?] Piasina and Taimyr, which [ ?]

    empty into the Kara Sea, and the Khatanga, whosemouth is in the

    Laptev [ ?] Sea. There are numerous lakes both in the north and south.

    Several of those in the south - Shira, Shunet, Altai andBei, are

    salt. The lakes of the tundra, of which Piasino and Taimyr are the

    largest, give indications of glacial origin. Many of them are con–

    nected by natural waterways and connected to the great rivers of the


            Soils and Vegetation . The slopes of the Kutznetsk Alatau, the

    Saian Mts. and the Yenisei Ridge are covered with coniferous trees,

    chiefly cedar and Siberian larch. On the west side of the river,

    in the forest zone, [ ?] fir trees occupy the flatlands, while

    pines grow in sandy spots and at the bases of the hills. Birch and

    asp are also to be found. South of 66° [ ?] , the irregular border with the forest-tundra, the plateau occupying the eastern portion

    of the territory is also a solid mass of conif d ers, Siberian [ ?]

    larch and pine, with cedar, fir and spruce encountered less frequently.

    on the southern border of the plateau, between the taiga and the mount–

    ains farther south, there are extensive islands of steppe and forest–

    steppe with fertile black soils. The taiga itself has weak podzol

    soils, as well as marsh and alluvial types.

            Fauna . Hoofed, predatory and fur-bearing animals are abundant

    in the taiga and the mountains. The chief animals sought by hunters

    and trappers are the polar fox and reindeer in the tundra, and the

    squirrel, ermine, sable, wolverine, fox, rabbit, bear and elk. There

    is a wide variety of birds, chiefly migratory types which nest along

    [ ?] in summer along the Yenisei, its [ ?] tributaries and

    the numerous lakes and marshes of the tundra and forest-tundra

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    The forests and the forested portions of the mixed forest-steppe are

    rich in wildfowl: partridge, grouse, nutcrackers and the like. The

    Yenisei is rich, particularly in its lower [ ?] reaches, in fish of high

    marketability: sturgeon, sterlet, and others. The lakes and small rivers

    have pike, carp, perch, ruff, etc. Neither the fish nor the wildfowl

    resources have been evenly remotely tapped to their capacity.

            [ ?] Tundra, forest and grassy steppe are the chief forms of landscape

    encountered in the Territory. Tundra extends southward to 69°25′ N.

    along the Yenisei, and occupies 26% of the Territory, [ ?] i.e., it

    covers an area of 266,500 sq. mi. The next zone south is that of mixed

    forest and tundra, occupying 17% of the Territory, or 162,600 sq. mi.

    South of that comes an enormous unbroken stretch of virgin coniferous

    forest, or taiga, extending southward to approximately the 57th parallel,

    with tongues reaching below that in some areas. This covers 42% of

    the surface of the Territory, or 415,700 sq. mi. Below that is the

    area of mixed forest and prairie, or steppe, constituting only islands

    in the unbroken forest, of which there are four, the Achinsk, Krasnoyarsk,

    Berozovo and Kansk. A glance at the map will indicate that these are

    also the names of the most important cities in the Territory. That is

    to say, Russians settled in the type of area most familiar to them

    as Europeans and best suited to their economy. Although forest-steppe

    embraces only 3.6% of the Territory, some 35,880 sq. mi. in all,

    it includes rich cultivated lands.

            Steppe proper occupies the lower portions of the Yenisei-Chulym

    and Minusinsk bowls, but constitutes only 1.6% of the area of the

    Territory, or 16,138 sq. mi. Finally, there is a sixth geographical

    area, the mountain zone, found chiefly in the southern and central

    portions of the Territory, and consisting of the Yenisei Ridge, the

    Eastern and Western Saians, and the Kuznetsk Alatau. This constitutes

    10% of the area of the Territory, 92,800 sq. mi.

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            Mineral Resources . Gold in reef and alluvial form has been mined and

    washed on a large scale for many years in the Yenisei Ridge, the headwaters of the Abakan

    River on the eastern slopes of the Kuznetsk Alatau, and in the Western

    Saians. Deposits of iron on the Abakan, at Irdzhinskoe and in the Minu–

    sinsk steppe, deposits of brown hematite and of sphero-siderite between

    Krasnoyarsk and Kansk have also been known for a long time. Copper ores

    are located in the Minusinsk basin, at Mainskaia, Yuliia, Ulen and else–

    where. Amorphous graphite is found on the Arctic Circle along the river

    Kureika (scene of Stalin's exile for the last four years prior to the

    Revolution), while nickel, platinum, gold and copper are mined in the

    mountains of Norilsk (q.v.). Iceland spar and graphite are found along

    the Lower Tunguska. Coal is located at various places in the Territory:

    at there are the [ ?] Black Mountain and Izykh mines in the Minusinsk [?] depress–

    sion; large brown-coal deposits at Kansk along the Trans-Siberian; the

    Chulym-Yenisei area northwest of Krasnoyarsk; and the enormous Tungus

    Basin, 400,000 sq. mi. in area, embracing almost the entire North of the

    Territory except the Taimyr Peninsula - which has its own coal - and

    separate deposits of which have been found along the Yenisei, the Lower

    Tunguska and the Angara.

            Rock salt and oil have been discovered in the high Arctic at the

    mouth of the Khatanga River (qv), which empties into the Laptev Sea (qv).

    Table salt and sulphates are found in the salt lakes of the extreme South.

    Polymetallics ores, bauxites, asbestos, kaolin and building stone of vari–

    ous types are also found within the Territory.

            Population . (qv Yenisei) When the first Russian musketeers and cannoneers made

    their appearance in this area, they encountered no large state on within

    its bounds capable of offering them serious resistance. The region was

    populated by small tribes, whose very names are today known only to hist–

    orians - the Arin, Kott, Kalmazh, etc. The Russians reached the Yenisei

    overland (i.e., via rivers and portages) from their Arctic outpost of

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    Mangazeia (qv) on the Taz Gulf - a branch of the Gulf of the Ob - to the

    northwest. This eastward progress along the extreme North of Asia resulted

    from no ingrained Russian love of the Arctic, but from the consideration

    that Mongol and Chinese [ ?] empires to the South presented a force too

    powerful for Russia to enter into collision with so far from its center [ ?]

    of reinforcement and supply at Moscow.

            The first settlement on the Yenisei was a wintering station built in

    1607 at the junction of the Turukhanka River, just south of the Arctic Circle. First called New Mangazeia,

    it later was renamed Turukhansk. Shortly afterward, moving eastward from

    the Ob River, Russians reached the mouth of the Kacha and the Angara (Upper

    Tunguska). In 1618, therefore, the y founded Fort Yeniseisk at 58° (now the northern–

    most site of large-soale agriculture, in Krasnoyarsk Territory) as distinct from Arctic gardening

    and stock-raising for anti-scorbutic and diet-variation purposes). In 1628,

    having advanced upstream, they founded Fort Krutinskii, later Krasnoyarsk.

    South of this point, as they emerged from the forests into natural grass–

    lands where cattle-raising and agriculture were easier, the Russians made

    slower progress with their conquest, for the steppes supported fairly numer–

    ous native peoples capable of offering strong resistance to the tiny forces

    with which Russia took Siberia. This is the historical reason underlying

    the fact that the Soviet border is, to this day, a relatively short distance

    [ ?] south of Krasnoyarsk.

            The entire expanse of the Krasnoyarsk Territory of today was in Russian

    hands by the first quarter of the 18th century, i.e., a century after their

    first appearance there. The Russian population along the Yenisei at that

    time numbered [ ?] seven or eight thousand. At the outset the Territory was

    populated chiefly by the military stationed there for the purpose of sub–

    jecting the natives and extracting the yasak - tribute in furs. There were

    also some serf peasants, sent there to grow food for the military. The fur–

    ther growth of population was from three sources, mainly: exiles, soldiers

    sent here as punishment for infractions of regulations, and peasant serfs

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    of the Crown itself. A fourth source consisted of runaway serfs of land–

    owners. The building of the Trans-Siberian railroad at the end of the

    19th century, [ ?] subsequent to the abolition of serfdom, was followed

    by large-scale settlement along the railroad, the chief source being

    peasants [ ?] for whom freedom had meant deprivation of land as well

    as liberation from a master. In other cases it had meant land redemption

    payments beyond the means of the freed serf to pay. To quiet unrest,

    particularly after the unsuccessful Revolution of 1905, and to populate

    this empty territory, the Tsarist government brought 200,000 settlers to

    Krasnoyarsk Territory in the 23 years from 1895 to 1917.

            The Territory may be divided into three zones of population and economic

    development. The southernmost, [ ?] zone, non-Arctic in these

    respects, extends up to the Angara River. 133,000 sq. mi. in area –

    embracing, that is, one-seventh of the Territory - it has 94% of the

    population, and embraces virtually all the agriculture and most of the

    industry. Population density is 12 per square mile. The next, or sub-Arctic zone, consisting of the virgin forest

    north of the Angara, embraces an area of not quite 80,000 sq. mi., and

    had a population of 54,000 in 1933, when the density was 0.6 per sq. mi.

    The Arctic area, including the Taimyr and Evenkii National Okrugs (qv)

    and the Turukhansk region, totals 618,000 sq. mi., or two-thirds of the

    Territory, and had a population of 45,000 in 1933, or 0.07 per sq. mi.,

    or, in other words, seven in [ ?] a square measuring ten

    miles on each of its sides. Since then, the further expansion of Igarka (qv)

    and the founding of Norilsk (qv) and expansion of Dudinka (qv), have resulted

    at least in doubling and, more likely, in trebling, the population of

    the Arctic area. A similar ratio of increase has undoubtedly been brought

    about in the sub-Arctic zone through increased lumbering, for that was

    the purpose of founding and enlarging Igarka.

            The native peoples include Kett and Selkup along the Yenisei north

    of Yeniseisk, and Nentsy, Yuraks, Nganasan, Dolgan and Yakuts, all in

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    very small numbers, on the Taimyr Peninsula. The Evenki dwell in an im–

    mense area along the right tributaries of the Yenisei, and [ ?]

    the Khakass live in the non-Arctic mountains of the south, although their way of life, includ–

    ing use of the reindeer, is closely [ ?] related to that of the Arctic


            Total population of the Territory is approximately four times as high

    as at the census of 1897, and three times as high as at the time of the

    Revolution, in 1917. [ ?] The growth of the chief city has been as follows:

    [ ?] 1897 1926 1939 1944 % Increase. 1926-1939
    Krasnoyarsk 26,600 72,261 189,999 300,000 162.9%

            In 1936, the other non-Arctic cities had the following populations:

    Kansk - 30,000; Minusinsk - 25,000; Achinsk - 23,000; Yeniseisk - 18,000;

    Abakan - 17,000. In the Arctic, Igarka, newly-founded, had 25,000 on the

    eve of World War II; Norilsk had some 30,000 in its mining camps and

    refinery, and there were 3,000 at its port of Dudinka.

            The Tsars used Krasnoyarsk Territory, and particularly outlying

    villages in the Arctic and sub-Arctic along the Yenisei, as the site

    place of exile for its most dangerous political opponents. Its worst

    hard-labor camps were also situated there. Lenin was exiled to Shushenskoe

    in the extreme south from 1897 to 1900; Stalin to Kureika on the Arctic

    Circle from 1913 to 1917 (he is a native of the sub-tropical Caucasus)

    and Jacob Sverdlov, the first President of the Soviet Republic, to Kureika

    and Selivanikha in the same years.

            Economic Geography . It has already been pointed out that the vast maj–

    ority of the population of the Territory was born or came there after

    the Revolution which brought the present regime to power. Moreover, the

    one railroad had h penetrated the region only a generation earlier. It

    is not surprising, therefore, that the economy of the area was at an

    extremely low level when the Tsarist government was overthrown. The

    native population had been pushed northward into the taiga and tundra.

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    Ruthlessly exploited by Russian merchants and oppressed by the official–

    dom, [ ?] the natives were in the process of dying out. Except for gold

    mining, industry was hardly in existence at all. The Territory was, how–

    ever, one of the chief sources of gold and furs, i.e., commodities enabl–

    ing Russia to purchase abroad. The productivity of agriculture was low,

    and its techniques very backward. The building of the railroad did away

    with the isolation of at least the southern part of the Territory, and

    led to the shipping of wood, grain and livestock products out of the

    area, but as yet in negligible quantity. Despite the considerable influx

    of settlers after the building of the railroad, and [ ?] a notable increase

    in acreage under the plough[?], there remained a considerable amount of

    arable land immediately adjacent to the railroad, as well as in the

    North, which had not been brought into cultivation, or other use. More–

    over, as the Trans-Siberian railroad was the artery along which the

    Civil War and Intervention proceeded in the years 1918-20, the most

    developed portions of the Territory suffered most grievously. Bridges

    were destroyed, warehouses burnt, etc. However, from the mid-' twenties,

    with the beginnings of industrialization, and the early 'thirties, with

    the collectivization and mechanization of agriculture, the economy of

    the Territory advanced with extreme rapidity, as indicated by the fact

    that the largest industrial city, Krasnoyarsk, almost trebled in size in

    the 13 years 1926-39.

            Particularly noteworthy were the measures taken to master the Far

    North and to place the Arctic tribes on the road to economic and cultural

    progress. Their areas of habitation were delimited and established as

    governmental units with some degree of autonomy and special measures

    of assistance from the central government. Igarka was founded, on the

    basis of assured navigation of the Kara Sea under icebreaker convoy.

    The mining of coal and graphite on the Lower Tunguska (Nogin mines, 64° N.)

    was begun. Schools and hospitals were founded at the various "Cultural

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    Bases" established for the native nationalities (Oron and Tura at 64°, etc.).

    Expeditions of exploration and survey narrowed the white spots progressively,

    and numerous polar stations were founded. In latitude, they extended from

    80° (on Sovernaia Zemlia, where there were three) to 64°. Mainland stations

    in 1936 included 10 on the Arctic coast proper and offshore islands (13

    [ ?] including Severnaia Zemlia) and 12 more inland.

            The gold-mining industry remains the most important in the Territory.

    Lumbering is next, its products largely being exported to the outside

    world. Trapping, graphite and mica mining are also of national importance.

    Industry and Power . The industrialization of the Soviet East, beginning

    in the 1930s, and centered at the Kuznetsk Basin, adjoining Krasnoyarsk

    Territory to the west, naturally affected this area as well. In addition

    to the thorough reconstruction and expansion of old industrial enterprises,

    considerable numbers of new ones were built, including sawmill and wood–

    working enterprises, gold and coal mines, a large boot factory, etc. Later

    heavy machinery plants were built, chief among them a major enterprise at

    Krasnoyarsk building gold-dredges and railway cars. A paper mill was also


            The [ ?] gold-mining industry was founded in the 1840s, and

    within a decade [ ?] this region was the source of 90% of all the gold

    originating in Russia. Careless exploitation led to the rapid exhaustion

    of the rich resources and to a considerable fall in output during the

    second half of the century. Under the Soviets considerable effort has

    been put into the rehabilitation of the gold industry in the Territory.

    In 1928-37, new mines were opened along the Saral River in the Khakass

    Autonomous Oblast in the south. Their equipment is the most modern. In

    all, more than 20 gold dredges were in operation in the taiga along the

    Yenisei in 1936. Good roads have been built to link the goldfields with

    the Yenisei and Angara. The result has been an increase in output. How–

    over, with the discovery and exploitation of greater fields in the Far

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    Eastern Arctic and sub-Arctic (Kolyma and Aldan Rivers, qv), the relative

    importance of Krasnoyarsk gold has declined, only 20% of the Soviet output

    now coming from this Territory. The industry is centered in three districts:

    the [ ?] Khakass Autonomous Oblast, and Minusinsk and North-Yenisei counties.

    Systematic prospecting has revealed the presence of larger resources than

    formerly suspected.

            The lumber industry has undergone particularly rapid development.

    Major [ ?] sawmill and processing enterprises have gone up at Igarka,

    Yeniseisk, Krasnoyarsk and Kansk. The number of sawmill frames rose from 16

    in 1917 to 49 in 1935, when almost four million cubic meters of lumber were

    cut in the Territory, of which one-quarter was for firewood and the rest

    for other uses. In that year 862,000 cubic meters of [ ?] lumber was sawn in the

    mills, the rest being shipped out unsawn. At that time particular emphasis

    was being placed upon increasing the felling of larch as a substitute for

    deciduous woods in aviation, the building of railway cars and certain other

    fields. In a single year, the felling of that typically sub-Arctic species

    rose from 70,000 cubic meters (1934) to 170,000 (1935).

            Shipbuilding for the Yenisei is an important industry at Krasnoyarsk.

    Prior to 1937 there was only a small yard with a single way, capable of

    launching 10 motorboats per year. But [ ?] , just prior to World War

    II, a yard was built with a capacity of 200 wooden and 25 steel power-driven

    vessels, and 200 rowboats per year. During the same years, a paper-mill was

    erected with a capacity of 28,600 tons of newsprint, 35,900 tons of book

    and writing paper, and 3,500 tons of cardboard. More recently, a plant for

    the production of wood [ ?] alcohol by hydrolysis was erected. It uses

    [ ?] sawmill waste.

            The coal industry had an output of 535,000 tons in 1935, of which 4/5

    came from the Black Mt. diggings in the Minusinsk area. The Zaozernyi

    lignite mine in the Kansk area went into operation only in that year, when

    90,000 tons were dug. Small quantities of coal are also dug at the Badalyk

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    workings near Krasnoyarsk. In the Arctic, the digging of coal near Norilsk

    for the Northern Sea Route was begun just prior to World War II.

            Mica is dug in Rybinsk county. There are two mines and three enterprises

    for preliminary processing. 330,000 tons of raw mica were dug in 1934, and

    650,000 in 1935. There is a manganese mine near Achinsk. 64,000 tons were

    dug in 1934, and 132,000 the following year. The surveyed resources [ ?] were then estimated

    at 800,000 tons. Barite is mined in Khakassia for the paint industry.

            As late as 1935, the metal manufacturing industry consisted chiefly of

    re[?]pair and maintenance works. There was a locomotive repair shop in Krasno–

    yarsk and a plant making equipment for the lumber industry. However, just

    prior to World War II a [ ?] major heavy machinery works was erected,

    [ ?] capable of building 10,000 railway cars

    per year, as well as gold dredges and large river vessels. During the war

    major enterprises were [ ?] permanently moved to Krasnoyarsk from the

    areas threatened by German invasion. One of them, a locomotive works,

    had 775,000 sq. ft. of floor space in 1945 in 15 shops. Likewise, a plant

    making harvester combines was moved to Krasnoyarsk.

            The presence of wood and graphite led to the building, also on the eve

    of the war, of a large [ ?] pencil factory with a capacity of 420,000,000

    pencils per year - in excess of a million a day.

            The main enterprises in the food industry consist of milling and dis–

    tilling, and meat-packing.


    William Mandel

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