September 23rd, 2013, was a remarkable day in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia. It was the day when people woke up and saw the first snow on the ground and trees. Awesome! Winter almost arrived! Reportedly, it was snowing in Nerungri & Aldan (South Yakutia), Lensk & Mirny (West Yakutia), Olenek (North Yakutia). Almost everywhere, apart from Central Yakutia with Yakutsk. See more photos!

Previously, I wrote that Alexander and Constantine Smurygins, republic constructors from the city of Mirny, invented and created the all-terrain vehicle called «Uraankhai» able to drive smartly through taiga and swim Siberian rivers. It was the news spread across all regional newspapers and online portals. Read the full news story. A week ago, Vice President of the Republic of Sakha-Yakutia Dmitry Glushko gave that off-roader a try. Further, look at photographs of his test drive.

From now on, the Yakutian affiliate of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (in short, rescuers) will use the hand-made all-terrain vehicle called “Uraanhay,” Yakutsk Vecherny Newspaper reports. The new off-roader is able to drive smartly through taiga as well as to swim Siberian rivers. It was created by Alexander and Constantine Smurygin in the city of Mirny, West Yakutia, in the course of 1.5 year. Now it is based in Yakutsk. Such an all terrain vehicle is suitable for search-and-rescue operations in the northern Siberian region. Thanks…

AB Ellis, the Russian architectural bureau, has developed a very futuristic project called Eco-City 2020. It proposes to build the eco-city inside the crater located on the edge of Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia/Russia. AB Ellis is offering to construct a gigantic structure inside the man-made crater with a diameter of 1 km and a depth of 550 m. In the very diamond mine crater that is depicted in many photographs of Mirny and considered as one of the world’s largest ones. As far as you know, Mirny is the…

Omg, I am already missing a magic winter in Yakutia. Take a look at my favourite Aikhal-based photographer Ruslan Ahmetsaphin‘s winter photographs taken in the areas of Aikhail, Mirny and other settlements of Western Yakutia. It is the land primarily famous for diamonds, but it is also the land of amazing cold Siberian nature — enigmatic forest (taiga), icy rivers, crispy snow, glowing stars, and fantastic Aurora Borealis.