Lenin icebreaker may become a cultural heritage site
The Lenin nuclear-powered icebreaker may appear on the list of Russia's cultural heritages sites of federal significance. This follows from a document prepared by the Ministry of Culture, according to the federal legal information website.
The initiative of giving the Lenin icebreaker cultural heritage status was put forward by the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation in December 2014.
The world's first civil vessel with a nuclear-powered engine, the Lenin icebreaker, was built at the Admiralteisky Ship-Building Plant in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). Construction was launched on August 24, 1956. The ship was used to provide navigation along the Northern Sea Route and clear the way for Arctic expeditions. In 1989, the icebreaker was decommissioned, and is currently moored at an embankment in Murmansk and functions as a museum.