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As we drew closer to the pier, a rusting sign on the quay welcomed us to
the Port of Barentsburg.
Barentsburg is the
second-largest community in Svalbard with about 800 mostly Russian and Ukrainian
residents. The settlement owes its current existence to the
which--among other things--gives all signators the right to exploit resources
(including coal) in the Arctic territory of Svalbard.
The owner of the company town, Arktikugol, has 23 mining claims
in Svalbard and has extracting coal from underground mines in the territory since 1932. At last
report, Barentsburg was the only Russian mine still operating in Svalbard; the
Grumant mine shut down in 1961, and Pyramide ceased operations in 1998.
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