Desert

Shortlist 2017

Dima Zharov

The Problem
2017

Desert

214 localities in Kostroma region, Russia, became abandoned, it took only 6 years, from 2008 till 2014. Inhabitants left them because of poor roads, lack of schools and hospitals as well as electricity. Those who stayed refer to this area as Desert (Wilderness). We found people who remain the last inhabitants of the deserted villages to see how they live and to understand why they have stayed there.