YAKUTSK: The coldest city in the world
by Mee-Lai Stone, The Guardian
While the US recovers from the recent ‘polar vortex’, in the city of Yakutsk, locals continue daily life in -45C (-49F). Located on the permanently frozen tundra of Russia’s far east, Yakutsk is generally considered the coldest city in the world. Photographs: Amos Chapple
A woman covers her face to protect it from the biting -53C weather in Yakutsk’s central square.
A woman returns home from university. While most of the city’s population are indigenous Yakutian, many ethnic Russians and Ukrainians have moved to Yakutsk.