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Vstrechny, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug

For other uses, see Vstrechny.

Vstrechny (Russian: Встречный) is an inhabited locality (an urban-type settlement) in Bilibinsky District of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia, located about 25 kilometers (16 mi) ENE of Bilibino. Population: 13 (2002 Census),[2] 1,641 (1989 Census).[7] The 2002 census data shows the population to consist of 12 males and 1 female,[2] though this had fallen to only 7 by 2005 according to an environmental impact report prepared on the Kupol mining project.[3]

History

Soviet period

The settlement was originally created like many throughout this part of Chukotka to house the workers and administration of the nearby mines.

Post-Soviet period

When the mines were deemed to be uneconomic, the settlement was abandoned and mostly depopulated by 1996.[8] In 2004, a road was completed linking the settlement with the regional centre, giving hope that the settlement can continue.[8] However, as of 2009, Vstrechny is included in the list of settlements currently in the process of being liquidated.[1]

Population

The mines were declared unprofitable and that there was no possibility of developing any other form of economy in 1999 and the settlement was closed along with a number of others in Chukotka.[5] The Russian government guaranteed funds to transport non-working pensioners and the unemployed in liquidated settlements including Baranikha from Chukotka to other parts of Russia.[5] The Ministry of railways was obliged to lease containers for the transportation of the migrants' goods to the Chukotkan administration and ensure that they were delivered to the various settlements.[5] The population table below shows the impact on the settlement as a result of the closure of the mines.

Demographic Evolution
1970 1979 1989 2002 2005
1819[9] 1572[10] 1641[11] 13[12] 7[3]

Transport

Vstrechny is linked to Bilibino and Keperveyem by a small road network that also links the now abandoned settlements of Bezmyanniy and Karalvaam.[13] There is also a small network of roads within the settlement including:[14]

  • Улицa Коммунальная (Ulitsa Kommumalnaya, lit. Communal Street)
  • Улицa Космонавтов (Ulitsa Kosmonavtov, lit. Cosmonaut Street)
  • Улицa Ленина (Ulitsa Lenina, lit. Lenin Street)
  • Улицa Мира (Ulitsa Mira, lit. World Street)
  • Улицa Центральная (Ulitsa Tsentralnaya, lit. Central Street)
  • Улицa Юбилейная (Ulitsa Yubileinaya, lit. Jubilee Street)

Climate

Vstrechny has a Continental Subarctic or Boreal (taiga) climate (Dfc).[15]

Climate data for Vstrechny
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 0
(32)
3
(37)
1.8
(35.2)
8.3
(46.9)
23.2
(73.8)
32
(90)
35.1
(95.2)
29.9
(85.8)
21
(70)
8
(46)
3.2
(37.8)
1.9
(35.4)
35.1
(95.2)
Average high °C (°F) −27.6
(−17.7)
−26.8
(−16.2)
−17.5
(0.5)
−6.8
(19.8)
5.9
(42.6)
16
(61)
16.8
(62.2)
13.9
(57)
5.6
(42.1)
−8
(18)
−22.3
(−8.1)
−27.5
(−17.5)
−7.5
(18.5)
Average low °C (°F) −32.2
(−26)
−32.7
(−26.9)
−28.7
(−19.7)
−18.5
(−1.3)
−3.2
(26.2)
5.2
(41.4)
6.7
(44.1)
3.4
(38.1)
−1.8
(28.8)
−14.4
(6.1)
−27.3
(−17.1)
−32.4
(−26.3)
−14.7
(5.5)
Record low °C (°F) −58
(−72)
−54
(−65)
−50.3
(−58.5)
−74
(−101)
−23.5
(−10.3)
−5.4
(22.3)
−2.3
(27.9)
−8.2
(17.2)
−15
(5)
−37
(−35)
−47
(−53)
−52
(−62)
−74
(−101)
Rainfall mm (inches) 12
(0.47)
9
(0.35)
3
(0.12)
6
(0.24)
6
(0.24)
18
(0.71)
42
(1.65)
30
(1.18)
21
(0.83)
18
(0.71)
12
(0.47)
18
(0.71)
195
(7.68)
Avg. snowy days 25 19 14 10 7 1 0 0 9 20 18 21 144
Source: [16]

See also

References

Notes

Sources

  • Bema Gold Corporation, Environmental Impact Assessment, Kupol Gold Project, Far East Russia June 2005.
  • Дума Чукотского автономного округа. Закон №33-ОЗ от 30 июня 1998 г. «Об административно-территориальном устройстве Чукотского автономного округа», в ред. Закона №55-ОЗ от 9 июня 2012 г. «О внесении изменений в Закон Чукотского автономного округа "Об административно-территориальном устройстве Чукотского автономного округа"». Вступил в силу по истечении десяти дней со дня его официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Ведомости", №7 (28), 14 мая 1999 г. (Duma of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. Law #33-OZ of June 30, 1998 On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, as amended by the Law #55-OZ of June 9, 2012 On Amending the Law of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug "On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug". Effective as of after ten days from the day of the official publication.). (Russian)
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