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.
Sergei plays the accordion for Vassa, his partially deaf mother, in their house in the village of Kalach, Sverdlovsk region, Russia. October 18, 2015. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS