Workers at a Siberian shipyard endure harsh subzero temperatures to continue their work.

The Far East of Russia is home to Yakutia, where workers brave subzero temperatures to perform the grueling task of ‘vymorozka,’ or ‘freezing out,’ on ships in the snow-covered shipyard. This demanding and tedious job can take weeks to complete, with temperatures dropping as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius (-58 F). Despite being named one of the hardest jobs in the world by locals in Yakutia, the workers themselves have a different perspective.

Mikhail Klus, a 48-year-old worker, believes that dressing appropriately and adjusting to extreme conditions make the job bearable. He even likens the feeling of taking off his cold-weather gear and entering a heated building to being in a sauna. According to him, performing ‘vymorozka’ requires precision and skill. The workers must be cautious not to cut through the ice too quickly and risk sinking into the water below.

Artyom Kovalec, a 22-year-old worker, admits that at times, extreme cold can lead to negative emotions and a desire to go home, eat, and relax. However, he emphasizes the need to push through and maintain composure. As ships are docked in Yakutsk’s harbor on the banks of the Lena River during summer months when it serves as Siberia’s economic lifeblood.

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