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    Russian researchers have reportedly discovered a secret Nazi base in the Arctic, previously thought to be a WWII myth.

    A secret Nazi meteorological station has been unearthed by Russian scientists on Alexandra Land in the Arctic Circle, a thousand kilometers from the North Pole.

    More than 500 artifacts related to the Second World War have already been recovered, including items from Nazi military uniforms, ammunition, meteorological devices, household objects, and personal belongings.

    "Earlier, this base was only known from written sources, but now we also have real proof," Yvgeny Yermolov, a senior researcher at the national park Russian Arctic, was quoted as saying by media outlets.

    The Schatzgraber (Treasure Hunter) station was constructed in 1942, a year after Germany invaded Russia, according to The Independent.; By July of 1944, it had transmitted more than 700 weather reports.

    The base was abandoned later in 1944, when its entire team fell ill and had to be rescued by a U-boat, having contracted roundworms from eating polar bear meat after exhausting their food supply.

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