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Mass exodus from Arctic Russia

People walk by an empty boarding house in Vorkuta. The city’s population has fallen by a third since the break-up of the Soviet Union, when subsidies for the Far North were slashed.
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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People walk by an empty boarding house in Vorkuta. The city’s population has fallen by a third since the break-up of the Soviet Union, when subsidies for the Far North were slashed.<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.