Aurora Polaris

The Arctic port of Murmansk is situated almost one thousand miles from Moscow. The city's fame rests to a large degree upon a remarkable ability of shipping lanes here to maintain year-round operations, despite the contrary influence of endless winters. Such, in fact, was the value of maritime access to Murmansk during WWII that the Soviets later erected a huge monument to an anonymous solider - Alyosha. Overlooking the city from a hilltop, he represents the towering importance of brave movement - at least during wartime. Once those hostilities were over, of course, stony lifelessness would return to society. Murmansk is a realm of slow transitions. Within these severe, yet enduringly romantic surroundings we find Andrey Porubov, a young pianist.

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