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