Meet the Badass Siberian Truckers Who Risk Their Lives Literally Driving on Thin Ice
WINTER IN SIBERIA IS BRUTAL. For those who live in the frozen Russian tundra, winter is something you make it through. It is certainly not the time of year when you get most of your business done. Unless you’re a trucker. Thanks to the cold, many of Siberia’s rivers freeze up, meaning that trucks can drive along them and conduct trade. It’s an incredibly dangerous job, though — a crack in the ice could mean death for a trucker. Photographer Amos Chapple documented the life on one trucker over a 12-day period for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty.
Chapple accompanied driver Ruslan Dorochenkov, a 28-year-old father of two. The trucking runs pay well, and the trips take about 5 days each way, but it is a dangerous job. Here’s what they saw.
For more on Ruslan (and for more beautiful pictures), check out the original piece on Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty.