Yesterday I took photographs of how truck drivers — Michael Zakharov and his four sons — were preparing for this year’s last long run on the winter road from Yakutsk to Srednekolymsk, Kolyma area of North-East Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. A long ride, indeed, and very risky. Around 2500 km on one way through the Kolyma federal road (settlements of Khandyga and Ust Nera) and the Arctic winter road (Ust Nera — Sasyr — Zyryanka — Srednekolymsk).

Early October was like that. Snow fell. The sun appeared. Snow started melting in the daytime and turning into ice at night and truckers became the most unhappy human beings in Siberia’s Yakutia. Driving ice-covered roads is dangerous now. Many vehicles can be seen in ditches. Above and below, please, see winter photographs taken on the Lena Highway between Aldan and Yakutsk in the Southern part of Yakutia the last weekend. Painful sights.

The video was shot on the ice road on the Laptev Sea in the area of Bulunsky ulus. That’s the Arctic region of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). In short, Siberia’s Arctic. A truck started its way in the village of Nizhneyansk (the Lena Delta) and reached the Laptev Sea. Offscreen voices belong to a driver and a passenger, who expressed their astonishment about how vast and white the sea is, etc., etc.

This is the video preview of Nikolay Evstifeev’s documentary «THE WINTER ROAD. The Land of Fierce…» about the sever work in Siberia’s Yakutia. Here you can see how hard ordinary people’s work can be in the toughest part of Siberia. The documentary film won The Best Directing Award at The 17th Saint Anna Film Festival and The Best Cinematography Award at The 29th VGIK Film Festival. Btw, Anton Safronov was a camera man. The documentary is about Yakutia, the sever land of truckers, gold miners, hunters, oil &…