Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

The settlement we are going to show you is located in a cold Russian region of Chukotka and called “Snezhnoye” which means “Snowy”. Blogger Eugeny Basov says it’s not the place you’d wish to come back to.

Snezhnoye was founded in 1929 when Soviet activists opened the first state farm in Chukotka. Many professionals were sent to work there, the farm had over twenty thousand head of deer.

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

“Snezhnoye”.

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

Snezhnoye shown on the map.

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

The settlement stands on the river Anadyr. Locals wait for summer to start fishing.

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

Provisions for winter.

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

Anadyr river.

Everything was wrecked in the 1990s, the settlement was deprived of financing, specialists left the place, houses started to decay, the farm of Snezhnoye was reorganized to join another, luckier state farm.

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

Helicopter arrival is a big event for these people, they come all together to meet it.

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

Snezhnoye was founded to build the better future but like many other beginnings it was doomed to become a burden for the state budget. Many people refused to leave and stayed here.

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

Some of the houses are being sided today.

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

the population of Snezhnoye is 200 people or so. It’s hard to understand why these people refuse to leave such a hopeless place… Drinking is one of the most serious problems for the settlement.

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

And they have a lot of children who are sent to a boarding school in Ust-Belaya village.

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

Police, cultural club, administration and other social services are all concentrated in one building.

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

They have guests – musicians from Anadyr.

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

In the shop.

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

Medical center.

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

This horse named Tuman died last year.. People had been feeding the animal any way they could…

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

Cold and Hopeless, But Still A Populated Place

Our thanks to blogger basov-chukotka aka Eugeny Basov.

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