Nogovitsyn lives in the town of Mirny, a diamond mining town in RussianSiberia about 280 miles (450 kilometers) from the Arctic Circle, where most of the town's roughly 40,000 residents work for Alrosa.AdvertisementHis job is to monitor methane levels, air flow, and temperature in the mine.
On a recent trip to Russia, I had the chance to tour Alrosa's facilities and meet Nogovitsyn, who has been working as a miner for eight years. While he didn't speak English and I don't speak Russian, a translator helped me understand what a day in his life generally looks like. I wasn't able to follow Nogovitsyn into the mine for safety reasons, but we met at a hotel café in Mirny, and he later sent me photos taken by himself and his fellow miners.
Here's what a typical day looks like for Nogovitsyn as a diamond miner in Siberia.
Innokentiy Nogovitsyn is a diamond miner in Siberia. He works for Alrosa, the world's largest diamond miner by volume.
Nogovitsyn lives in an apartment in Mirny with his wife and their two children: an 8-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son.
At 6:15 a.m., Nogovitsyn catches a bus to the mine where he works, called the International mine, just outside of Mirny.
It's about a 30-minute bus ride to the mine.
The International mine, which is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Mirny, opened in 1999.
Before every shift, Nogovitsyn and all the other miners get a medical check.
Before their shift, the miners eat a buffet-style breakfast in the workers' canteen.
Alrosa provides a stipend that covers all of the miners' meals in the canteen.
After breakfast, the miners are assigned their particular job for the day, and then they have five minutes to change into their uniforms.
After everyone is dressed, it's time to head down into the mine.
The miners take an elevator down into the depths of the mine.
In the mine, Nogovitsyn's job is to monitor methane levels, air flow, and temperature.
Thanks to a ventilation system that pumps in warmed air, the mine stays at a consistent temperature — even throughout Siberia's harsh winters.
Nogovitsyn eats lunch down in the mine.
At 4:50 p.m., the miners take the elevator back up to the surface.
In his free time, Nogovitsyn spends time with his family.
Nogovitsyn gets 76 paid vacation days per year, which, he said, he often spends cycling hundreds of miles across Russia and Europe.
He has cycled through countries including France, Norway, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Singapore.