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A young man tries to sleep in his bed underneath a flag of the Russian Empire which was in use from 1858 until 1883 and is now associated with Russian nationalists. During the polar summer many find it difficult to sleep since the sun doesn't set for 45 days, causing sleep disorders and disorientation. <br />
The city of Norilsk, in the far north of Russia's Krasnoyarsk region, was founded in the 1920s and today has a population of just over 175,000. In its early years it served as the centre of Norillag (or the Norilsk Corrective Labour Camp) but was given town status in 1953 as the Gulag system was slowly winding down. Today the city is largely dependent on MMC Norilsk Nickel, the world's leading producer of Nickel and palladium and Norilsk's main employer. In 2001, the city was closed to all non-Russians, except for citizens of Belarus.