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Cold diggers: Inside the freezing Siberian gold mine so remote that food has to be ordered two years in advance before it is driven along a 220-mile ice road that melts for most of the year

Situated high above the Arctic circle, the Kupol mine of Siberia is one of the toughest places to work in the world with temperatures reaching as low as minus 31 degrees Fahrenheit.
Gold was first discovered in the region in the 1940s and was forcibly extracted under the Stalin regime through the gulag labour camp system.
Yet workers employed at the Kupol mine in Chukotka, northeast Russia, now enjoy a surprisingly comfortable lifestyle despite the bitter temperatures and remote location of the mine.

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