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Bus stop at sunrise on the outskirts of the city. Jakutsk is a city in the Russian Far East, located about four degrees (450 km) below the Arctic Circle. It is the capital of the Sakha (Jakutia) Republic (formerly the Jakut Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic), and a major port on the Lena River. Jakutsk is one of the coldest cities on earth, with winter temperatures averaging -40.9 degrees Celsius.