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Mass exodus from Arctic Russia

In this apartment block on the edge of the tundra outside Vorkuta town, only one family is left. Buildings around Vorkuta are being surrendered to the Arctic elements as people flee to the south of Russia, unleashing a massive depopulation crisis.


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 reclaimed by snow, while the financial crisis is squeezing coal mining companies that already struggle to find workers.

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In this apartment block on the edge of the tundra outside Vorkuta town, only one family is left. Buildings around Vorkuta are being surrendered to the Arctic elements as people flee to the south of Russia, unleashing a massive depopulation crisis. <br />
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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. <br />
Here, whole villages are being slowly deserted and reclaimed by snow, while the financial crisis is squeezing coal mining companies that already struggle to find workers.