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…
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.
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…
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.
Looks like people grow something in summertime. However this snow will melt only in June.
The settlement is heated by a huge steamshop and it must be said – they have no problems with heating here.
What they really lack is shops. There are 2-3 of them for the whole settlement. But they sell really tasty fish!
One of the shops.
The center of the settlement, it must be the most prestigious area of Priiskoviy. Two and three storey brick buildings!
The main road of the settlement.
This must be the highest building here.
Now it’s hard to believe that summer may come here one day and it makes sense to plant something..
It’s toooo hard to take photos here in winter!
Trying to rescue stuck vehicles from snow is routine work for these people.
We hope that Ilya didn’t freeze his fingers too much while taking these images!