Nagurskoye Airfield (Russian: Aэродром Греэм-Белл IATA:, ICAO: UODN) is a military airport located in Alexandra Land (Russian: Земля Александры), a Russian island in the waters of the Arctic Ocean. It is the most western of the islands of the archipelago of the Land of Francisco José. Administratively, it belongs to the Arkhangelsk Oblast of the Russian Federation. It is the northernmost active airfield in all of Russia.
The enemy will not pass! “Commander Ivan Glushchenko says amid an immaculate white landscape. At this modern base in the Russian Arctic, Russia’s forces prepare to face NATO.
In the Arctic, a strategic region rich in hydrocarbons and expected to play a growing role in world trade due to climate change and thaw, Russia’s interests are at odds with those of other countries, such as the United States.
Before the summit of the Arctic Council, which was held on Thursday and in which Russia assumed the rotating presidency, the Russian army allowed access to a group of media, including AFP, to its base “Nagurskoye Airfield “in the archipelago of Francisco José.
In a territory of more than 14 thousand square meters they have built, on the ruins of former Soviet facilities, a complex that can function self-sufficiently for almost a year and a half.
The base is equipped with a water treatment and heating station, a power station, a clinic, a gym, a cinema, a sauna and a church. All this connected by heated tunnels that allow the approximately 150 soldiers not to have to go out into the polar cold, unless it is strictly necessary.