THERE ARE 72 times more rural settlements in Russia than there are urban ones, but many villages vanish from the map of Russia annually. Vyezhii Log — a Siberian farming village in the Mana district of Krasnoyarskii Krai — is not one of these: New houses are being built, the young population is returning, and the elders perpetuate their traditions.
Village life in the summer is quiet; almost half of the male population is working, with the rest either haying or picking berries. Here people do drink and fight sometimes, but if anything bad happens, everyone sticks together whether it is to put out a big fire or to do the haying. This is how village life works.
[Note: This was originally published at Russia Beyond the Headlines and re-printed here with permission.]