Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

What forms the real Siberian character? You will never know until you come to a place like this. It is formed by constant snowfalls, frost, -30C, neverending winds… And people do live here never even thinking about another, more comfortable and warmer life…

A Russian blogger Ilya Stepanov (fotomm) came to the settlement Priiskoviy of goldworkers just for a week and he would probably have no desire to stay there any longer…

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Gold has been mined here for a long time. The population still hope that this industry is going to fully revive Priiskoviy. They do their best to restore the production but the place still resembles some after-war settlement.

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

In present days this settlement is mostly known as a favorite place of those who can’t live without snowmobile and freeride madness. There is even a hospital here for them…

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Priiskoviy is a small settlement (600 people) situated in the Alatau mountains at the borders of Khakasia, Kemerov and Krasnoyarsk region. The nearest railway station is 101 km from here.

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Looks like people grow something in summertime. However this snow will melt only in June.

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

The settlement is heated by a huge steamshop and it must be said – they have no problems with heating here.

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

What they really lack is shops. There are 2-3 of them for the whole settlement. But they sell really tasty fish!

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

One of the shops.

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

The center of the settlement, it must be the most prestigious area of Priiskoviy. Two and three storey brick buildings!

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

The main road of the settlement.

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

This must be the highest building here.

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Now it’s hard to believe that summer may come here one day and it makes sense to plant something..

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

It’s toooo hard to take photos here in winter!

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Trying to rescue stuck vehicles from snow is routine work for these people.

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers

We hope that Ilya didn’t freeze his fingers too much while taking these images!

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4 thoughts on “Siberian Winter in the Settlement of Gold Workers”

  1. Whoa. Takes a very special type of person to live in such a place. No, thanks. I’ll stay in California. It was 67 degrees here this morning.

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