Arctic Full Set
Mass exodus from Arctic Russia
Alexander Yelpayev is a Cossack and lives, unemployed, in the outskirt of Vorkuta town. 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.
Yelpayev worked for years as a miner until his unit closed down.
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.