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My Yakutia

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A woman buying food at a kiosk outside an apartment building in Yakutsk. The foundations of buildings here are built on stilts so that the heat emanating from them does not melt the permafrost.
Cutters at Sardaana Factory sort deer skins for “unty” − fur boots of the Russian North.
People at a bus stop waiting for a regular bus.
A sculpture of a mammoth in the parking area of the Museum of Russian History.
Students skate on Lake Shchors.
A young couple, Vanya and Inna, rest at home after a working day.
Local people having fun on Ordzhonikidze Square in Yakutsk during the New Year holidays.
Huge ice floes on the city beach in Yakutsk after the spring flood.
A playground in one of the courtyards in Yakutsk.
Participants in the annual patriotic military-style marching and singing contest among Yakutsk schools.
Freestyle wrestler Ivan Nikolaev, 16, poses for photograps in the foyer of his Olympic Reserve School. Wrestling is one of the most popular sports in Yakutia.
Women wearing traditional Yakut dresses getting ready for the opening ceremony of Yhyаkh – Yakutia’s major traditional holiday.

Yakutia is the largest Russian region, but it is almost unexplored. The winter lasts the longest here: there is snow and the temperature stays below zero from October to mid-April. The remoteness and harsh climate determine the culture and way of life of the locals.

 

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