American logger Sean Vann attempts to build a new logging operation in the frozen forests of Siberia. Vann has been logging in Russia for 17 years and landed a contract to log the world’s largest forest in Siberia. Vann looks to American loggers who are experiencing a recession and convinces a group of men from Montana and Oregon to leave the forests of America and seek their fortunes in the sub-zero ground of Siberia. where they must work side by side with a Russian crew.
Yuri Pastorov is thirty-six years old and comes from Luza in Northern Russia. He has 10 years experience in the forest and is a top-flight harvester operator. He is a huge character who has seen it all. For 2 years, Yuri served in the Russian military. He left in 1997 and has worked in logging ever since. But logging in Siberia is no less dangerous than the armed forces - Yuri has experienced wolf attacks! Yuri's self-confidence belies a fear of not being physically able to work. When he started out logging, a tree feel on his cab. Luckily he wasn't injured but lots of people are each year: "the forest is a dangerous place," he says.
Yuri's a real logging geek and isn't ashamed of it, showing his eldest son how to operate at just 14. He has three children and is on his second marriage. He claims his first marriage failed because he was so dedicated to logging. Yuri is relishing being part of the team and seeing if the Americans have what it takes to ward off the Siberian wildlife and survive the bitter winter. Right now he has grave reservations that they are tough enough.
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