When it is below -45C (-49F) schoolchildren from first to fifth grade do not go to school. When iy is colder than -47C (-52.6F) eighth graders are also permitted to stay at home. When it becomes as cold as -50C (-58F) all children miss school classes.
Many years ago they didn't go to school but they didn't stay at home either. They came outside and played different winter games. Today they prefer the Internet and video games. We are going to visit one school of Yakutsk right now.
Gorny Altai, Russia. In autumn 2003 the village Beltir underwent severe destructions resulting from the earthquake. The hypocenter was only three kilometres away from dwelling houses. More than half of all houses were destroyed, 1400 people became homeless.
The area was declared to be a disaster zone which was beyond repair. Some time later the main number of locals were resettled but some dozens of people continue their life in the "dead" village that officially does not exist anymore.