Most Dangerous Ways To School | OIMJAKON (Russia) | Free Documentary

  • Published: 05 September 2015
  • Siberia. Endless vastness – arctic temperatures. Even farther East than Japan and 5 000 kilometres north of Vladivostok lies Yakutia, the coldest Republik of Russia. Yakutsk is the capital of the Yakutia Republic and is located about 5100 kilometres east of Moscow. In the midst of it: Oimjakon. With its 500 residents the coldest inhabited place on earth. This village lies in a mountain valley on the upper reaches of the banks of the Indgirka River. One of the major reasons for the freezing temperatures is the great distance from the Atlantic Ocean and the humidity that the Ocean provides to a major part of the Northern Hemisphere. Masses of mountains shield Siberia against the warm air from the west and south, while in the opposite direction, the door to the Artic stands wide open. Thus in the winter, cold masses of air expand into the Siberian landscape completely unrestricted.

    The average temperature in winter: Minus 40° Celsius. The children of the Siberian Oimjakon have the world`s coldest way to school. The extreme living conditions are completely normal for the residents of Oymyakon. This is also true for the Tariks family and their son Aljosha. He is 8 years old. The children of his age group are only excused from attending school on account of the cold at temperatures below minus 54° degrees.

    Even before his departure for school Aljosha feels the grim cold. Lacking running water the house also has no bathroom. So Aljosha alredy has to go outside – to the unheated outside earth closet in the garden. Sascha’s mother cooks tea. In order to do so, she must go to outside to the front of the house, which is made of wood- as all houses in Oymyakon. Due to the great temperature differences here, concrete walls would soon crack and be destroyed. In the short summers, it can get quite warm in Oymyakon. In front of the wooden house the ice blocks are stored. The next-door farmer had cut out of the frozen river for them. There is no running water in the Pole of Cold, with temperatures dropping to -65 degrees Celsius; no pipe work has a chance. Aljoshas mother puts the ice in the pot and cooks some tea for her son.

    Like every day, Aljosha must get ready to go to school. Like the majority of the other students, Sascha wears for the most part his traditional dress. The clothing prescribes to the onion-peel principle in order to protect the students from the Artic temperatures. His mother Irina has heated up the living room to 20° degrees. So when Aljosha opens the front door it is 70° degrees colder – every day life in Oimjakon. As soon as the children open the dormitory’s double doors, the icy cold brutally grabs hold of them. Within less than one second their nostrils become frozen.

    Unlike the students in other parts of the world, the children from Oymyakon are seldom playful but instead very concentrated on their way to school. With quick steps, they travel in groups, attempting to put the 2 kilometer route behind them as quickly as possible. There are no signs of snow ball fights. The don’t spend a second of time watching the cows, which are kept up to nine months of the year in their stalls, and are now coincidentally being lead out of the barn for a drink. Even though the cows are wearing some sort of special “bras” which protect their udders from freezing.

    Once in school building, Aljosha and the other students remove many of their layers of clothing, and get going with the school lessons. For the majority of them, a welcome diversion from the coldest inhabited town on the earth.
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Comments • 5 912

  • Nolans Account
    Nolans Account  4 hours back

    I love how they have this crazy guy driving the bus rippin cigs with a bunch of kids in the back.

    • Dark Seid
      Dark Seid  6 hours back

      So sad they look nothing like russians :'). They are pure Mongoloid. Soviet union was lucky to claim the vast siberia. It actually belonged to none.. Not even to Mongols during Mongols invasion.

      • Jimmy neutron
        Jimmy neutron  7 hours back

        My parents would rather this walk any day

        • Smashing Smashers
          Smashing Smashers  7 hours back

          This is how boomers went to school

          • Raul Gabriel
            Raul Gabriel  8 hours back

            8:12 That dog simply doesn't give a fvck.

            • Bridget Robinson
              Bridget Robinson  10 hours back

              12:40 Ya'll are just going to leave that poor child with ice on his eyelashes? That seems rude to me

              • Brock
                Brock  10 hours back

                It’s fairy warm in the stable, the temperature is about freezing 🥶🤣

                • Bridget Robinson
                  Bridget Robinson  10 hours back

                  Am I the only one that feels bad for the Bus Drivers dog? Poor doggo, they must be so cold.

                  • Rhonda B.
                    Rhonda B.  12 hours back

                    Give these families the tools to home school!

                    • Thelegend27
                      Thelegend27  17 hours back

                      Cant they build very large sunsheelds around the valley so that the temperature drops below the boiling point of CO2 so that CO2 freezes wich can be collected later for storage. Boilingpoint of CO2 is just -78 C

                      • Thelegend27
                        Thelegend27  17 hours back

                        They can make the village a co2 filtration valley

                    • Ktap 11th region
                      Ktap 11th region  17 hours back

                      Amazing 👏. the crew that made documentary happen awesome👏👏. oh yes can someone or anyone who have a bit newer bus out there may be Gregory definitely needs one. donate. for grigory and for the children. kids follow your dreams. finish school. oh that kid that walks to school you are 3x rougher than me kid. simple life in a distant part of the world.👏👏👍👍👍👍. all over the planet kids go thru this just to go to school . awesomeness..from the production crew awesome and great work.👏👏👍👍👊🙌🙌🙌.

                      • akzz z
                        akzz z  18 hours back

                        Is this shit everywhere? 😁😂 Colgate 😂😂😂

                        • William Perkins
                          William Perkins  18 hours back

                          Now that's a bus driver. Cranking up the music, chain smoking cigarettes and maybe a sip of vodka or two.

                          • Angela Pepe
                            Angela Pepe  19 hours back

                            Poor little babies 🥶😓 praying for a better life for them

                            • Baby boy Manador
                              Baby boy Manador  21 hours back

                              Are they realy russians? They look like asians or chinese anyway...

                              • kautilya bora
                                kautilya bora  22 hours back

                                best documentary ever, and you guys are blessed to be able to live there from a guy who have traveled many countries so far.

                                • plesni trener
                                  plesni trener  22 hours back

                                  very sad video..

                                  • Kevin Camacho
                                    Kevin Camacho  1 days back

                                    I can barley make it through winter in New Jersey. These people are warriors.

                                    • Kasun Kapuwatta
                                      Kasun Kapuwatta  1 days back

                                      Dear Son , Dear Daughter ... Learn Heard !!! You can take caring your and your loving parents !!! Education is one of a way to win life ...

                                      • AC Ricucci
                                        AC Ricucci  1 days back

                                        Being a northerner (U.S.), I'm happiest in chilly U.S. temps--to me, a sunny 30-40 degree day is perfect. But I cannot imagine the life which the Yakuts seem to thrive in. God bless them for protecting and preparing their children to survive the harsh way of life while getting an education.

                                        • Janice M.
                                          Janice M.  2 days back

                                          I'm thinkng, what are the wild animals in those woods? Bear? Tiger?!!!!

                                          • IsaacBG84
                                            IsaacBG84  2 days back

                                            How can that dog run in the snow like that?

                                            • ar_ aktual
                                              ar_ aktual  2 days back

                                              Everything in that little girls bookbag is gonna be frozen before she gets to school.

                                              • Smileyrie James
                                                Smileyrie James  2 days back

                                                I think the worst part isn’t so much the walk to school, but having to use an outhouse every time you want to go to the toilet 😳⛄️

                                                • J W
                                                  J W  2 days back

                                                  the school rifle. lol. amazing

                                                  • Smileyrie James
                                                    Smileyrie James  2 days back

                                                    Gregori does everything he can to escape the cold... drives with side door wide open 🙄

                                                    • Smileyrie James
                                                      Smileyrie James  2 days back

                                                      That poor little reindeer with that big man on top of him. No wonder the others did a runner. And I truly hate places that eat horses, dogs, reindeer & other beautiful animals with so much personality

                                                      • Ally Love
                                                        Ally Love  2 days back

                                                        Why would anyone want to live here and subject themselves to this torment?

                                                        • b lindsey
                                                          b lindsey  2 days back


                                                          • Bill Carson
                                                            Bill Carson  2 days back

                                                            When the kids get to school, they will get taught the evils of global warming.

                                                            • Bill Carson
                                                              Bill Carson  2 days back

                                                              Why not just stay home and read books?

                                                              • moonmoonbirdcpt
                                                                moonmoonbirdcpt  2 days back

                                                                why doesn't the bus driver uses wheel chains on his bus?

                                                                • founditnow54
                                                                  founditnow54  2 days back

                                                                  Gregoriy and that bus sounding like a cheap Moscow night club had me chuckling

                                                                  • Vida de cachorro
                                                                    Vida de cachorro  2 days back

                                                                    E um bando de filhos da puta aqui no meu bairro reclamando pq a escola fica à 2 quarteirões daqui!!

                                                                    • Reza Grans
                                                                      Reza Grans  2 days back

                                                                      dont the poor animals freeze to doom 😪🔑🐗🐮🐴🐎

                                                                      • Reza Grans
                                                                        Reza Grans  2 days back

                                                                        Chinese or rUssin????

                                                                        • Reza Grans
                                                                          Reza Grans  2 days back

                                                                          Is this made as a jOke?؟¿¿ lol no toilet, no running water :3 :(

                                                                          • never mind
                                                                            never mind  2 days back

                                                                            Cows give ice cream instead of milk.

                                                                            • Mads møller
                                                                              Mads møller  2 days back

                                                                              I know everyone likes to put us down all the time, but the human race is truly incredible!

                                                                              • The Megatron
                                                                                The Megatron  2 days back

                                                                                Excellent documentary well done

                                                                                • ruokanen
                                                                                  ruokanen  2 days back

                                                                                  now that is harsh!respect bottom of my heart

                                                                                  • zhbvenkhoReload
                                                                                    zhbvenkhoReload  2 days back

                                                                                    niggaz be freezin cuz no wic lol

                                                                                    • She Wolf
                                                                                      She Wolf  3 days back

                                                                                      Are they Eskimo? I wish you would have talked more about their culture.
                                                                                      Seems so uncorrupted. The cold might be worth it.

                                                                                      • Hhj
                                                                                        Hhj  2 days back

                                                                                        She Wolf ????

                                                                                    • Angie's Universe
                                                                                      Angie's Universe  3 days back

                                                                                      Dang and I complain about waiting for my bus in 40 degree weather :/

                                                                                      (Yes I know 40 degrees isn’t that cold but it is for me because I’m in Florida)

                                                                                      • tan j maz
                                                                                        tan j maz  3 days back


                                                                                        • Евгений Ковалев

                                                                                          Как можно было застрять на пазике на ровной дороге?

                                                                                          • Scott B
                                                                                            Scott B  3 days back

                                                                                            Bus driver smoking with kids in the bus....what a fcken loser

                                                                                            • ricktharp1
                                                                                              ricktharp1  3 days back

                                                                                              Little warriors