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.
Babushka (Grandmother) Shura carries buckets of water to her home in Sankin, Sverdlovsk region, Russia, October 16, 2015. The villagers do not have a central water supply and have to draw water from a well. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS