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Mass exodus from Arctic Russia

Valery Zhukov, a miner and union representative in Severny village outside Vorkuta, is comforted by his lover Lena.
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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Valery Zhukov, a miner and union representative in Severny village outside Vorkuta, is comforted by his lover Lena.<br />
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.