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Divnogorsk: Overview
February 26, 2017 16:58


Divnogorsk climbs on a slope of a high hill like a cat. Pine trees on its boulevards, according to local residents, have not been planted — they have been saved during the initial clearing of taiga.

Divnogorsk was built together with Krasnoyarsk HPP, because of this the majority of its residents are elderly volunteering members of Komsomol who once came here not only for money, but also for “the romantic mists”.

The town has a small ski resort, so the fans of this sport should better come here in winter. Snow falls in early November and does not melt until the end of March. The climate in the town and its suburbs is continental with long cold winters and short warm summers.

The average temperature is -15.6° C in January and +18.5° C in July. The wettest time of the year is summer. The best viewing platforms include a stunning panorama that can be seen from the top of the Monakh Mountain. One of the main viewing platforms of Divnogorsk is the embankment of the Yenisei River.


The history of Divnogorsk Story started in 1954: it was a settlement where the builders of Krasnoyarsk HPP lived. The name for the village was prompted by the beautiful Sayan Mountains towering on the left bank of the Yenisei River.

Divnogorsk received the status of a town in 1963. In 1888 there was a small monastery on the place of the future Divnogorsk. Unfortunately, only a small wooden building of the architectural complex of Krasnoyarsk Znamensky Monastery has survived until our days.

Now there are workshops of local artists here. In the town centre you can examine the buildings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Divnogorsk climbs on a slope of a high hill like a cat. Pine trees on its boulevards, according to local residents, have not been planted — they have been saved during the initial clearing of taiga.


 A white rock stands opposite to Divnogorsk. According to a legend, once there lived a monk in the monastery on the place of modern Divnogorsk and suffered from unrequited love. Being completely exhausted, the poor man climbed the rock and cried out: “If there is love in the world, I will fly to water!” and jumped down.

Alas, the mighty wings of love are not able to replace even an inferior glider, and the gusts of rising air are sometimes more important than the feelings of a noble heart. People here remember Viktor Astafyev who lived nearby in the village of Ovsyanka. They say he wrote with errors, but knew the dirty dialect of Russian language very well and never hesitated to say what he thought, regardless of the person he talked to. He cursed Yeltsin and Gorbachev.

Astafyev said to Mikhail Sergeevich that during the war Leningrad should have been abandoned to the enemy rather than defended at the price of so many victims. Gorbachev didn’t argue with him, but the Krasnoyarsk authorities soon deprived Astafyev of his military pension. Most likely, the conversation with Gorbachev is an urban legend. Astafyev himself talked about this: “It’s a Bolshevik, Communist habit - to distort everything, just a little distortion... And the meaning is changed. There’s an interview containing the exact information. I said (in my interview to “Pravda”) that, like any artist, I was constantly studying the psychology of our modern society and asked different people (both the residents of Leningrad and those not living there) if it would be better to abandon Leningrad  to the enemy to or defend it. As you can see, in the interview I said that I was studying psychology, asked questions. I did not give answers. And I got immediately attributed the answer that I supported abandoning Leningrad to fascists.”


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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