The student climbing trees for better internet

Would you go to these lengths, or heights to attend school?

Russian university student Alexei Dudoladov has to climb a snow-covered birch tree in his remote Siberian village every time he needs an internet connection, while many universities across Russia remain closed.

"On November 9 we were assigned distance learning, but I have a problem getting online here in the village. I have internet at home, but it is only 2G. I can't join the online courses because the speed is insufficient. I need to go into the forest 300 meters from the village and climb a birch tree that is eight-meters high. Here I can get on Zoom to speak to professors."

The 21-year-old has been campaigning for better internet coverage.

Around 80% of Russians regularly use the internet, but coverage is some remote regions can be patchy or non-existent.

His plea has been viewed 1.9 million times on TikTok and more than 56,000 times on Instagram.