MagazineNov 18, 2015
In a remote corner of the Urals region at the end of a narrow-gauge railway is Kalach, population about a dozen. Three decades ago 600 people called the village home, but the local forestry industry suffered as the former Soviet Union imploded and people moved away in search of work. In Kalach today there are no telephones, no mobile reception and only a few hours of electricity a day.
Dogs run past the boiler room, which heats the House of Culture in Sankin, Sverdlovsk region, Russia October 17, 2015. The population of Sankin is between 400 and 600 people. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS