Yakutsk, early December. All photos by Bolot Bochkarev.
For the people in Yakutsk, Siberia, where the temperature last week week fell to -47°C, icy floors and frost bite are just a part of daily life. But the rigors of winter don't stop the city from functionning: shops are open, buses run and children play in the park.
Situated on the left bank of the river Lena, Yakutsk is the capital of the Sakha, Russia’s easternmost federal republic. With an average temperature of -60°C in January, it is one of the most freezing cities in the world. The actual “coldest city” world record is proudly held by the town of Verkhoyansk, 675 km north of Yakutsk, where the temperature dropped to -69,8°C in February 1892.
Yakutsk is built entirely on permafrost
, a permanently frozen soil that requires foundations to be dug extremely deep in the ground to resist seasonal thaws.
In the streets of Yakutsk on December 8.