Barentsburg shows all the typical signs of a forgotten Russian outpost. Decrepit buildings (though I don't know if the poor quality of the buildings is due to lack of funds to restore them or the harsh conditions that prevail in these latitudes, probably a bit of both), huge statues extolling the virtues of the heroes of socialism and horrific communist architecture. Sound awful? No, it is absolutely fascinating and a must see if you visiting the Spitzbergen Islands.
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