Arctic Full Set
Mass exodus from Arctic Russia
Rasma Stodukh from Riga in Latvia spent 13 years as a political prisoner in a Gulag camp in Vorkuta. She stayed on after her release in 1960.
Rasma’s children left years ago but she is cared for by neighbors and says she is resigned to living out her days in the city.
Vorkuta is a coal mining and former Gulag town 1,200 miles north east of Moscow, beyond the Arctic Circle, where temperatures in winter drop to -50C.
Here, whole villages are being slowly deserted and...