Zhanna Fedukova washes the floors of the old Pokrov church located in the village of Ust-Pechenga, on Sukhona River, where she lives. Fedukova and her husband are the only people in the village trying to keep the church in proper conditions. It was abandoned for several years before their arrival. July 2015.
Valentina and Alexey Sergeev spend a weekend in one of Sergeev's employer's properties, a former Soviet-era river dispatching office, in the Ust’-Vologodskoye village, on the Vologda River, July 2015. Sergeev's employer owns local fleet and ports. The office used to serve a multitude of ships, but now there are plans to turn it into a museum of boats.
Vasily Rasskazov, the only man living in the village of Vorobyovo, sits nearby the Sukhona River, July 2015. A former farmer now retired, Rasskazov visits often his friend who lives in the nearby Nizhny Pochinok village. Rasskazov expresses disappointment with USSR, which he blames for the disappearance of small villages, and he greets Putin’s policy on foreign affairs.
Locals celebrate the 380th anniversary of their village, Sergievskaya Sloboda. For the fifth time in the past 25 years, the village's former and current residents have celebrated the anniversary, singing songs and retelling old stories. The festival is made possible by a local entrepreneur, the owner of the town's sawmill. July 2015.