‘The temperature can drop to -60C in parts of Siberia, and the ghosts of Stalin’s labour camps are everywhere. For me, these twins represent resilience’
I met these brothers in Yakutsk, in north-eastern Siberia. They remind me of all the things I’ve shared with my own identical twin brother: the kind of symbiotic relationship all twins have. They love each other. They’re holding each other – and holding on to each other. They have almost become one.
I was there to photograph the Road of Bones, the 2,031km highway that stretches from Yakutsk to Magadan in far-east Russia. It draws its name from the hundreds of thousands of people who, between 1932 and 1953, were sent by Stalin to forced labour camps and whose remains are buried in its foundations. According to prisoners’ testimonies, the highway claimed one body for each tree cut down to clear the forest.