A Winter in Siberia

Based in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Reuters photographer Ilya Naymushin captures scenes from around the region, portraying everyday life as Russians work, play, and survive in a place infamous for its harsh winters. This collection of photos from the past winter shows some of the ways people are coping, including vehicles modified for the winter, hand-built ice-fishing huts, ice sculptures, traditional festivals, sporting events, and more. [25 photos total]

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Pedestrians walk past a truck with a giant Soviet Red Army hat seen on it, an installation created by Russian artist Vasily Slonov, during the annual "Winter Virage" motor sports festival dedicated to the Defender of the Fatherland Day on the embankment of the Yenisei River in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on February 23, 2015. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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A dog runs during snowfall with the air temperature around minus 22 degrees Celsius (minus 7.6 degrees Fahrenheit) at a park in Krasnoyarsk on January 12, 2015. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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Sergei Kasianov drives as he tests his customized car on the frozen surface of the Yenisei River during a snowfall outside Krasnoyarsk on February 27, 2015. Sergei, a disabled person whose hobby is winter fishing, created car mechanisms, which allows him to drive cross-country despite the wild taiga landscape and deep snow. It takes Kasianov and his assistants about 45 minutes before a journey to replace the wheels of his car with caterpillar tracks at the front and steel skis at the back, which increases the clearance up to 40 centimeters, according to Sergei. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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Members of the "Skipper" yacht club dressed as Father Frost, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, sail a yacht to mark the end of the sailboat season, with the air temperature at about minus 18 degrees Celsius (minus 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit), on the Yenisei River, outside Krasnoyarsk, on November 30, 2014. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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Fireworks explode above the Yenisei River during Orthodox Christmas celebrations in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk on January 7, 2015. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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Yevgeny Panteleikin, a local blogger, dumps a bucket of cold liquid nitrogen on himself during a flash mob on the embankment of the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, November 20, 2014. Panteleikin and several other enthusiasts poured cold liquid nitrogen on themselves, bearing the temperature of about minus 196 degrees Celsius (minus 320.8 degrees Fahrenheit), while taking part in an event resembling the popular "Ice Bucket Challenge" project and aimed at the popularization of natural sciences among children and teenagers. The experiment demonstrated the Leidenfrost effect phenomenon, in which a liquid produces a layer of insulating vapour that prevents the liquid getting into a direct contact with a surface much hotter than the liquid's boiling point, according to organizers. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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Jet fighters from the Su-30 SM "Sokoly Rossii" (Falcons of Russia) aerobatic team perform during a show in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, on October 25, 2014. The show is conducted as part of a recruitment drive for Russia's military divisions, targeting the youth towards contractual military service, according to organizers. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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An employee works at a line bottling beer at Carlsberg brewery "Baltika-Pikra" factory in Krasnoyarsk on January 10, 2013. Danish brewer Carlsberg will close two of its 10 breweries in sanctions-hit Russia, the company said on January 29, 2015, citing the country's economic downturn and tough market regulation that has dented sales. Carlsberg's Chelyabinsk and Krasnoyarsk breweries, which produced the popular Baltika brand sold across the countries of the former Soviet Union, will shut on April 30, resulting in about 560 job losses from their combined workforce of 766, the company said. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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A man climbs up a 13-meter-high wooden pole to to get a prize during Maslenitsa celebrations at the Bobrovy Log ski resort in the suburbs of Krasnoyarsk on February 22, 2015. Maslenitsa is a pagan holiday marking the end of winter celebrated with pancake eating and shows of strength. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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Men take part in a pillow fight contest during Maslenitsa celebrations at the Bobrovy Log ski resort in the suburbs of Krasnoyarsk on February 22, 2015. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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Daria Krupenyova, from the town of Prokopyevsk in Kemerovo, finishes working on an ice sculpture called "Cossack's Duty" during the International festival of snow and ice sculptures "The Magical Ice of Siberia" in Krasnoyarsk on January 17, 2015. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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A rider competes during the "Kings of the Off-road" quad bike amateur regional race in a Siberian boggy district near the "Zagorie" balneological resort, southwest of Krasnoyarsk, on October 11, 2014. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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A fisherman walks on the frozen surface of the Yenisei River while checking ice holes near the village of Anash, Novosyolovsky District, on February 7, 2015. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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Fisherman Alexander Romantsov looks out of the window of his plywood lodge, placed on the frozen surface of the Yenisei River over an ice hole for fishing at the beginning of winter, near the village of Anash, Krasnoyarsk region, on February 7, 2015. Some fishermen of the region equip such tiny lodges with mini coal and firewood-burning ovens and also install electricity taken from car batteries, which allow them to fish day and night in spite of severe frost. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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Fisherman Alexander Romantsov sits inside his plywood lodge, placed on the frozen surface of the Yenisei River, an ice hole for fishing at his feet, near the village of Anash, on February 7, 2015. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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Machinist Alexander Kozhakin operates a rotary dredge which works on the coal face of the Borodinsky opencast colliery, near the Siberian town of Borodino, east of Krasnoyarsk, on December 9, 2014. The Borodinsky colliery annually produces more than 20 million tons of coal and is considered to be the biggest opencast coal mine in Russia, according to official representatives. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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A rotary dredge works on the coal face of the Borodinsky opencast colliery, near the Siberian town of Borodino, on December 9, 2014. The Borodinsky colliery is 9 km (5.6 miles) long and more than 100 meters (328 feet) deep. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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Members of the "Avalon" team wearing 14th century knight costumes fight against each other on the bank of the Yenisei River during the regional amateurs tournament of clubs of historical reconstruction, "The Battle of the Nations 2015. Siberia", in Krasnoyarsk on January 24, 2015. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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A woman and a boy look at photographs from Siberian photographers mounted on a wall of ice, during an exhibition that is part of the "Magic Ice of Siberia" International Competition of Snow Sculpture along the banks of the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk on January 13, 2015. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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Ivan Timofeenko, co-founder of the "Newton Park" interactive museum of science, demonstrates the so-called Mirror Box, which produces various combinations of reflections creating volumetric geometric figures, during preparations for a performance for school children dedicated to the Russian Day of Science at the Museum Center in Krasnoyarsk on February 4, 2015. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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People walk past a model of a dinosaur wearing a Santa hat and gloves, at the "Dinosaurs Park" located in the Taiga area at the Royev Ruchey zoo in the suburbs of Krasnoyarsk on December 16, 2014. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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Riders compete on the ice-covered Yenisei River during the annual "Winter Virage" motor sports festival dedicated to the Defender of the Fatherland Day on February 23, 2015. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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People take part in a regional ice climbing championship at the "Stolby" (Rock Pillars) national natural reserve outside Krasnoyarsk on February 28, 2015. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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A member of the "Winged" motor theatre performs while driving a customized "Moskvich" Soviet made car during the annual "Winter Virage" motor sports festival on an embankment of the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk on February 23, 2015. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
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Vladimir Korabelnikov, head of a local orphanage and a member of local winter swimming club, swims in the waters of the Yenisei River, with the air temperature at about minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit), in the town of Divnogorsk, Siberia, on February 20, 2015. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #

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