Through a number of pictures a photographer Alexander Chekmenev tells us about a hard life of Donbass mineworkers. He also provides some comments sharing his memories.
Old apartments of miners lacked central heating. They made themselves warm with the help of coal loaded into small iron stoves.
Cold water was supplied according to a certain time schedule and was available 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening. Hot water supply was stopped.
Miners had to sleep next to the stoves as it was too cold inside. They were short of money and could get some food only at their working place.
Miners said they got used to the awful conditions but could never stop wondering why people who spent their lives on making the entire state warm froze in their apartments.
Common people won't go out to get some coal for their houses at night and wait for the morning. But it's not the case for the miners who find life in the dark so common that they can do their house-chores jut whenever they feel like doing that.