In the frigid region of Yakutia, located in Russia’s Far East, brave workers endure sub-zero temperatures to carry out the grueling task of “vimorozka” or “freezing” on ships in a snow-covered shipyard. This demanding job can take weeks to complete, with temperatures dropping as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius (-58 F). Despite being hailed as one of the hardest jobs in the world by locals, the workers themselves see it differently.

According to 48-year-old worker Mihail Klus, the key to surviving this job is dressing appropriately and adapting to extreme conditions. He compares the feeling of taking off his cold weather gear and entering a heated building to a sauna. Meanwhile, 22-year-old Artjom Kovalec emphasizes the importance of pushing through and maintaining composure even when working in extreme cold can lead to negative emotions and a desire to go home, eat and relax.

The performance of “vimorozka” requires precision and skill. Workers must be careful not to cut through the ice too quickly and risk sinking into the water below. While colder weather results in smoother ice and better working conditions, it can take its toll on some workers. Nonetheless, these brave men continue their work with determination and resilience, making them true heroes in their own right.

By Editor

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