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Postman on White Horse! Overcoming Siberia's harsh winter

Russian Federation, Irkutsk Oblast
December 14, 2019 at 09:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

Overcoming the harsh winter conditions in Siberia, a postman from the Irkutsk region Andriyan Khromov, delivers mail on his white horse sledge, as a necessity to ease people's lives.

Khromov delivers letters and parcels to residents in the Siberian villages in the Taiga on his white precious horse on a very thorny route. The postman rides his horse for around 150 kilometres every week.

In order to protect letters and parcels during transportation, Khromov built special metal boxes that protects the luggage from the snow and rain.

In addition to letters and pension payments, Khromov also brings food, clothing and batteries to the inhabitants of the Taiga villages.

Many of Khromov's letters do not have envelopes, in some cases when he is delivering pensions, he goes to the city centre and buys envelopes especially for these cases.

A resident of a village, Mikhail Lutsenko, received mail from Saint Petersburg, explaining the winter difficulties saying: “You saw how remote [the village is] I tell you. It’s winter, you can still get by it, and in summer only by horses or on an all-terrain vehicle, but we can not earn enough for an all-terrain vehicle, so we always walk or if we ride a horse it's about 11 hours to Yukhta.”

Harsh conditions do not scare the locals, many of them even find them the most comfortable for living “I would say that this place, it is the best,” Lutsenko said.

Semen Monastyrev, another resident of a village praises his quite life saying “I can’t live in the city. The people there are in a continuously messy life, everyone is in a hurry somewhere, but here we live quietly.”

The postman talked about the features of daily life in remote villages "Every evening, as long as the heater is heating, tea is brewing, something needs to be done. That’s how I live: take a newspaper, some crossword puzzles - I killed time this way."

Besides the significant scene of nature in the Taiga forests, people are facing many difficulties in the region with water and electricity supplies.

For residents of Taiga villages, newspapers and letters are the only way to find out what is happening in the world, therefore, Khromov will ride out on his white horse again and hit the road, delivering letters and overcoming the winter difficulties.

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Overcoming the harsh winter conditions in Siberia, a postman from the Irkutsk region Andriyan Khromov, delivers mail on his white horse sledge, as a necessity to ease people's lives.

Khromov delivers letters and parcels to residents in the Siberian villages in the Taiga on his white precious horse on a very thorny route. The postman rides his horse for around 150 kilometres every week.

In order to protect letters and parcels during transportation, Khromov built special metal boxes that protects the luggage from the snow and rain.

In addition to letters and pension payments, Khromov also brings food, clothing and batteries to the inhabitants of the Taiga villages.

Many of Khromov's letters do not have envelopes, in some cases when he is delivering pensions, he goes to the city centre and buys envelopes especially for these cases.

A resident of a village, Mikhail Lutsenko, received mail from Saint Petersburg, explaining the winter difficulties saying: “You saw how remote [the village is] I tell you. It’s winter, you can still get by it, and in summer only by horses or on an all-terrain vehicle, but we can not earn enough for an all-terrain vehicle, so we always walk or if we ride a horse it's about 11 hours to Yukhta.”

Harsh conditions do not scare the locals, many of them even find them the most comfortable for living “I would say that this place, it is the best,” Lutsenko said.

Semen Monastyrev, another resident of a village praises his quite life saying “I can’t live in the city. The people there are in a continuously messy life, everyone is in a hurry somewhere, but here we live quietly.”

The postman talked about the features of daily life in remote villages "Every evening, as long as the heater is heating, tea is brewing, something needs to be done. That’s how I live: take a newspaper, some crossword puzzles - I killed time this way."

Besides the significant scene of nature in the Taiga forests, people are facing many difficulties in the region with water and electricity supplies.

For residents of Taiga villages, newspapers and letters are the only way to find out what is happening in the world, therefore, Khromov will ride out on his white horse again and hit the road, delivering letters and overcoming the winter difficulties.

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