There are almost three hundred "monotowns" across Russia - a half of them is considered to be in the state of crisis. Initially designed as satellite settlements to provide human resources for factories in remote locations, these towns became a ticking time bomb after the USSR collapse. With factories shutting down, transport infrastructure in decay, unemployment and crime rates skyrocketed calling for attention from the government. Despite the urgency of the issue, no major initiative was put in place to prevent the disappearance of these isolated communities. This project was shot in a number of monotowns of Primorsky region (East Russia) where hostility of weather conditions makes each day a struggle. Published in The Australian (2015).