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How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Siberia's homeless live a perilous existence as they try to survive freezing night-time temperatures of -22 degrees Fahrenheit.
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February 19, 2020
Sasha, 49, nicknamed "Poltorashka" (1,5-litre beverage bottle) and Lyusya Stepanova, 44, both of whom...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Sasha, 49, nicknamed "Poltorashka" (1,5-litre beverage bottle) and Lyusya Stepanova, 44, both of whom are homeless, sit on a warm pipe with their dog Bim, as they share a meal in Omsk, Russia, December 3, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), who is homeless, smokes a cigarette...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), who is homeless, smokes a cigarette made from a torn piece of paper in Omsk, Russia, December 26, 2020. Like many of Siberia's homeless, Alexei Vergunov survives freezing night-time temperatures of -22 Fahrenheit by sleeping under an industrial heating pipe for warmth.

It's a perilous existence. Too far from the pipe and he could die of exposure to the cold. Too close and he could get severe burns without him noticing at first through the haze of hard alcohol that many drink to keep warm and dull reality. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), searches for rubbish that could be...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), searches for rubbish that could be be recycled in exchange for payment at a recycling centre, in Omsk, Russia, December 26, 2019. Vergunov is one of 3,500 homeless people officially living rough in the city of Omsk, though the real figure is likely higher. He's one of the few who stop to chat and laugh with the city's home-dwellers. He used to yearn for a chance to rebuild his life, but since his partner, Alyonka, died two years ago of liver cancer, he has lost the will. They had lived together near the train station.

"I get through the day and that's it," he says. "If I found a woman like her, I could stop and try to return to society, but I can't find anyone like her." REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
A heated pipe runs through a forest in Omsk, Russia, December 13, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
A heated pipe runs through a forest in Omsk, Russia, December 13, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Alexei Vergunov, Andrey, nicknamed "Prizrachnyy Gonshchik" (ghost rider), and Galiya, 29, have an alcoholic...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Alexei Vergunov, Andrey, nicknamed "Prizrachnyy Gonshchik" (ghost rider), and Galiya, 29, have an alcoholic drink at Vergunov's shelter in Omsk, Russia, February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
An employee who works at a recycling center looks out the window in Omsk, Russia, February 14, 2020....
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
An employee who works at a recycling center looks out the window in Omsk, Russia, February 14, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), has a meal during a charity event...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), has a meal during a charity event organized by Caritas, a Catholic organization, held to distribute food and present gifts to homeless and lower-income citizens during the Christmas period in Omsk, Russia, December 26, 2019. A charity, Caritas, hands out food and clothes to help the city's homeless, although Vergunov has also learned to be on the lookout for ill-wishers. He once saved the life of his friend, Alexander, after a group of teenagers set him on fire. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Galiya, 29, looks out from Alexey's makeshift shelter in Omsk, Russia, February 14, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Galiya, 29, looks out from Alexey's makeshift shelter in Omsk, Russia, February 14, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Lyusya Stepanova, 44, sits in a rehabilitation facility in the village of Rozovka, Russia, February 17,...
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The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Lyusya Stepanova, 44, sits in a rehabilitation facility in the village of Rozovka, Russia, February 17, 2020. Stepanova is considering trying to return to society after more than 27 years on the streets. She was hospitalized last month for three weeks with serious burns across her body after she fell asleep too close to the pipes where she was sheltering.

She is now in a rehabilitation centre 19 miles out of town in the village of Rozovka. "I plan to go home, to mother," she said, though she recognizes she cannot turn back the clock on 27 years on the street. "My childhood dreams were noble, but it's too late now, that boat has already sailed." REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Lyusya Stepanova, 44, smokes a cigarette after waking up, on a warm pipe in Omsk, Russia, December 23,...
Omsk, Russia
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Lyusya Stepanova, 44, smokes a cigarette after waking up, on a warm pipe in Omsk, Russia, December 23, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
A dog walks along the snow, next to a power plant in Omsk, Russia, January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
A dog walks along the snow, next to a power plant in Omsk, Russia, January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Sasha, 49, nicknamed "Poltorashka", eats breakfast on a warm pipe in Omsk, Russia, January 29, 2020....
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Sasha, 49, nicknamed "Poltorashka", eats breakfast on a warm pipe in Omsk, Russia, January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Oleg, 57, nicknamed "Khudozhnik" (artist), sits on a warm pipe where he now lives, 980 feet away from...
Omsk, Russia
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Oleg, 57, nicknamed "Khudozhnik" (artist), sits on a warm pipe where he now lives, 980 feet away from an apartment block where he used to live, in Omsk, Russia, January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
A man who is homeless smokes a cigarette as he attends a charity event organized by Caritas, a Catholic...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
A man who is homeless smokes a cigarette as he attends a charity event organized by Caritas, a Catholic organization, held to distribute food and present gifts to homeless and lower-income citizens during the Christmas period in Omsk, Russia, December 26, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Yevgeny Korobov, 43, nicknamed "Korobok" (box), sits in a makeshift shelter inside an underground pipe...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Yevgeny Korobov, 43, nicknamed "Korobok" (box), sits in a makeshift shelter inside an underground pipe chamber in Omsk, Russia, January 23, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Oleg, 57, nicknamed "Khudozhnik" (artist), rests with other homeless on top of warm pipes in Omsk, Russia,...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Oleg, 57, nicknamed "Khudozhnik" (artist), rests with other homeless on top of warm pipes in Omsk, Russia, February 14, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Sasha, 49, nicknamed "Poltorashka" (1,5-litre beverage bottle), and Lyusya Stepanova, 44, sit on a warm...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Sasha, 49, nicknamed "Poltorashka" (1,5-litre beverage bottle), and Lyusya Stepanova, 44, sit on a warm pipe as they share a meal in Omsk, Russia, December 3, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
A woman who is homeless, listens to a police officer as she sits on pipes in Omsk, Russia, February 11,...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
A woman who is homeless, listens to a police officer as she sits on pipes in Omsk, Russia, February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Bystrushkin, who is visually impaired and homeless, looks through a rubbish bin in Omsk, Russia, November...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Bystrushkin, who is visually impaired and homeless, looks through a rubbish bin in Omsk, Russia, November 28, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Sasha, 49, nicknamed "Poltorashka", and Lyusya Stepanova, 44, search for materials that could be recycled...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Sasha, 49, nicknamed "Poltorashka", and Lyusya Stepanova, 44, search for materials that could be recycled in Omsk, Russia, December 4, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Denis, nicknamed Den "Mladshiy" (junior), pushes a pram that he uses to store and transport disposed...
Omsk, Russia
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Denis, nicknamed Den "Mladshiy" (junior), pushes a pram that he uses to store and transport disposed glass bottles and other recyclable items he can exchange for payment at a recycling centre, in Omsk, Russia, January 25, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), stands near his makeshift shelter...
Omsk, Russia
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Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), stands near his makeshift shelter with his dog Bella, in Omsk, Russia, February 14, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), and Andrey, nicknamed "Prizrachnyy...
Omsk, Russia
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Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), and Andrey, nicknamed "Prizrachnyy Gonshchik" (ghost rider), organize aluminum cans that they brought to a recycling centre in exchange for a payment in Omsk, Russia, February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), brings bottles and aluminum cans which...
Omsk, Russia
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Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), brings bottles and aluminum cans which he collected to exchange for payment, to a recycling centre in Omsk, Russia, February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
An employee weighs a bag filled with bottles and aluminium cans collected by Sasha, 49, nicknamed "Poltorashka"...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
An employee weighs a bag filled with bottles and aluminium cans collected by Sasha, 49, nicknamed "Poltorashka" (1,5-litre beverage bottle), and Lyusya Stepanova, 44, at a recycling centre in Omsk, Russia December 4, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Yevgeny Korobov, 43, nicknamed "Korobok" (box), receives payment in exchange for recyclable items that...
Omsk, Russia
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Yevgeny Korobov, 43, nicknamed "Korobok" (box), receives payment in exchange for recyclable items that he brought to a recycling centre in Omsk, Russia, February 15, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Lyuda eats a hot meal at a soup kitchen which is run weekly by volunteers, in front of a recycling centre...
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Lyuda eats a hot meal at a soup kitchen which is run weekly by volunteers, in front of a recycling centre in Omsk, Russia, January 25, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
A nun checks the blood pressure of a man who is homeless, during a charity event organized by Caritas,...
Omsk, Russia
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A nun checks the blood pressure of a man who is homeless, during a charity event organized by Caritas, a Catholic organization in Omsk, Russia, October 24, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
A man with an orthodox church tattooed onto his hand, who is homeless, holds a piece of paper as he attends...
Omsk, Russia
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A man with an orthodox church tattooed onto his hand, who is homeless, holds a piece of paper as he attends a charity event organized by Caritas, a Catholic organization, in Omsk, Russia, October 24, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Lyusya Stepanova, 44, uses a water pump to fill up a bottle on a street in Omsk, Russia, December 4,...
Omsk, Russia
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Lyusya Stepanova, 44, uses a water pump to fill up a bottle on a street in Omsk, Russia, December 4, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
A homeless man rests on a warm pipe in Omsk, Russia, December 7, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
A homeless man rests on a warm pipe in Omsk, Russia, December 7, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Lyusya Stepanova, 44, sits on a warm pipe after waking up in Omsk, Russia, December 4, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Lyusya Stepanova, 44, sits on a warm pipe after waking up in Omsk, Russia, December 4, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Yevgeny Korobov, 43, nicknamed "Korobok" (box), and Denis, nicknamed Den "Mladshiy" (junior), sit inside...
Omsk, Russia
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Yevgeny Korobov, 43, nicknamed "Korobok" (box), and Denis, nicknamed Den "Mladshiy" (junior), sit inside Korobov's makeshift shelter inside an underground pipe chamber in Omsk, Russia, January 23, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), rolls a cigarette with a torn piece...
Omsk, Russia
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Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), rolls a cigarette with a torn piece of paper in Omsk, Russia, December 26, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), visits a shop to buy alcohol in Omsk,...
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The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), visits a shop to buy alcohol in Omsk, Russia, December 26, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Alexei Vergunov, 46, who is nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), searches for rubbish that could...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Alexei Vergunov, 46, who is nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), searches for rubbish that could be recycled in exchange for payment at a recycling centre, in Omsk, Russia, December 26, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), waits to receive a payment in exchange...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), waits to receive a payment in exchange for recyclable items that he brought to a recycling centre in Omsk, Russia, January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
A man plays the guitar during a charity event organized by Caritas, a Catholic organization, held to...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
A man plays the guitar during a charity event organized by Caritas, a Catholic organization, held to distribute food and present gifts to homeless and lower-income citizens during the Christmas period in Omsk, Russia, December 26, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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February 19, 2020
Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), drinks an alcoholic cocktail as he...
Omsk, Russia
The Wider Image: How to survive a Siberian winter with no home
Alexei Vergunov, 46, nicknamed "Lyokha Boroda" (Lyokha the beard), drinks an alcoholic cocktail as he searches for rubbish that could be exchanged for payment at a recycling centre, in Omsk, Russia, December 26, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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