Why the hell are there people living in Siberia ?!
Winters that resemble survival tests, huge distances between population centers, bears on the streets ready to attack dogs and sometimes people too. So why are so many Russians still living in Siberia and there are people who even move to live there?
“They say that in Siberia bears are on the roads ... How absurd! There are no roads in Siberia! ”Locals call this old ironic joke about Siberia" prejudiced "(because, yes, there are roads in Siberia), but tourists still think twice.
Many people, including Russians, really believe that it is impossible to want to live in Siberia of their own free will. If you heard anything about Siberia, it was probably about bears on the city streets, the harsh winters, the endless taiga, the gulags ... Or maybe you don't even have where Siberia is located to begin with - this is also a question popular.
Still, 36 million people live there! There were times when gold prospectors went to Siberia and then exiles from all over the country were sent there. Those times are gone, but people still live in Siberia. So why don't they just leave?
This is the first thing that people living in Siberia will tell you (and it's true). And sometimes this argument seems to make up for all the disadvantages, such as the hostile climate.
Siberia has an untouched nature and kilometers of forests, valleys and mountain ranges. Each season is clearly defined: If it is summer, it is warm and sunny; if it's autumn, the forest is yellow and red, beautiful. For those who were born and raised there, nature is of paramount importance.
"There are very few places on the planet where you can get in the car, drive 200 kilometers out of the city and drink water directly from a forest stream ... This is our heritage," says Konstantín Ponomarióv, a professor at the State University of Novossibírsk.
Yes, Siberia still has a lot of land available, even for the 36 million people who live there. The population density is less than three people per square kilometer (in comparison, Hong Kong has a population density of 6,300 people per square kilometer).
The villages are often separated by large expanses of uninhabited fields, between 50 and 100 kilometers away. And it is cheap to buy land, an apartment or a house there.
"A two-bedroom apartment in Bratsk [city in the Irkutsk region, 4,800 kilometers east of Moscow], for example, costs between 1.2 and 2.5 million rubles [$ 18,500 to $ 37,700]. two-bedroom apartment in a village outside Bratsk costs 300,000 to one million rubles [between $ 4,650 and $ 15,500]. In Moscow, a two-bedroom apartment would cost between seven and 50 million rubles [$ 109,000 and US $ 775,000]. In Tula, a city not far from Moscow, it would cost between three and seven million rubles [US $ 46,500 and US $ 109,000] ", explains Mila Lana, who lives in Bratsk.
Siberia also has densely populated and developed cities, as well as its own scientific centers and research, communications and high-speed internet institutes and resorts.
In fact, the region has at least three cities with a population above one million and 19 with more than 100,000. Novossibírsk, Omsk, Krasnoiársk, Barnaul and Irkutsk are the five most populous cities in Siberia.
"I moved to Novossibírsk almost seven years ago, for love. The love passed, but I stayed. Compared to the city where I lived before, Novossibírsk is everything, it is very interesting!" Says Aleksandra Sertchenko.
"Novossibírsk is a city of 'newcomers' who want to improve their lives and earn more. In my circle, everyone works hard, studies and is constantly planning new things," he says.
What do you want more? A lot of people say that Siberia is a safe place. "There are no terrorist attacks or cataclysms, and the air is much less polluted (except in some industrial cities) than in western Russia and in many other countries," says Dmítri Vesler, who lives in eastern Siberia.
As for time, this is something you can get used to quickly. For a typical Siberian, the harsh climate seems to be the last argument for & nbsp; leave the place. And those who haven't lived there all their lives feel the same after a while.
"I am quite satisfied with the climate: the snow falls and stops, there is no need to worry about mud or rain in the period before the New Year, as it happens in the seaside cities. The only thing needed is to dress properly and ready, it's not difficult. Besides, due to the long winter, you start to enjoy summer and life in general! ", says Aleksandra.