Keeping the winter snow from freezing your feet is something Russians mastered centuries ago. Valenki boots, made from lambs’ wool, have been worn by generations of people to protect their toes from the chills.
A snowy wonderland for some and a sludge-filled inner circle of hell for others, the Russian winter is an inevitable part of any expat’s experience. Learn more about the white season’s alarms and surprises.
Russia’s meteorological service says the 50-day heat wave in Central Russia was the worst weather-caused natural disaster in the northern hemisphere in 2010. On average, the year was the hottest since at least 1891, when records were first kept.
The end is in sight for the final ice-bound ship that has been stuck off Russia's Far East coast. More than 300 crew members have endured a two-week ordeal, but are now being escorted through the frozen seas by two icebreakers.
Life is tough in Yakutia - hardly surprising for a place which is arguably the coldest inhabited area on Earth. For the residents of this remote eastern Siberian region it means they need to turn the landscape's frozen features to their advantage.
A refrigerator vessel, "Bereg Nadezhdy", stuck in frozen waters off Russia's Far East, has been towed by two icebreakers to safer waters. They are now heading for a supply ship stranded for almost a fortnight with more than 300 people on board.