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, 1,200 miles north east of Moscow, beyond the Arctic Circle, where temperatures in winter drop to -50C. When Stalin died and her camp closed, 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.
Here, whole villages are being slowly deserted and reclaimed...