An exclusive look inside Russia’s Arctic military base

Kotelny Island, Russia (CNN)Six time zones east of Moscow, on the frozen landscape of the New Siberian Islands, a new military race is taking shape. Russia’s Northern Fleet moved into the base in 2016. There, military personnel don’t have to face the harsh Arctic weather unless on duty. The “closed cycle” base has its residential and operations blocks, interconnected and the only standalone building there is a tiny Orthodox chapel some 20 meters from the heart of the base. Russia is also tightening its grip on the Northern Sea Route, which falls into the Russian Exclusive Economic Zone and cuts the shipping time from Europe to Asia by 40% compared to Suez Canal route. This month, Moscow announced that foreign …