INCREDIBLE snaps reveal eerie abandoned Russian ghost towns frozen in time after residents fled hellish -50C temperatures.
The eerie images were taken 11 miles from the coal-mining town of Vorkuta in the Sementnozavodsky region.
Vorkuta is one of the coldest towns in Europe and was once home to a Stalin-established Gulag prison camp.
But it has been a long time since these properties have seen the hustle and bustle of residents, with snow blasting its way into forgotten homes and icicles covering staircases and sticking out of window frames.
Aerial shots also show abandoned vehicles blanketed with snow in a car park while apartment blocks appear painted white after being hit with by blizzards.
An aerial view of a construction site in the coal-mining town Vorkuta blanketed by snow[/caption]
Snow somehow covers every inch of the room, ceilings, walls, windows and all![/caption]
Snow and ice appears to seep down the front of this abandoned building in the town[/caption]
The settlement 11 miles from Vorkuta resembles a ghost town – streets are empty except for snow[/caption]
The shockingly low temperatures are influenced by the settlement’s distance from the North Atlantic and the proximity to the Arctic Ocean[/caption]
No where is safe from the unbelievably cold temperatures – including this staircase[/caption]
Despite the biting temperatures, it enjoys a much less severe winters than Siberia[/caption]
The buildings in the Sementnozavodsky region are constantly covered in snow[/caption]
The thick snow buries and infiltrates anything in its path, seen in this image inside an abandoned building[/caption]
Temperatures plummet as low as -50C in the settlement, 11 miles from the coal-mining town of Vorkuta[/caption]
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A sizeable snow pack is dropped each year during the winter because it is humid[/caption]
Residents have been driven out of the remote area due to being unable to cope with the cold and rising unemployment[/caption]
The nearby town of Vorkuta was once home to a Gulag prison camp run by Joseph Stalin[/caption]