Monday, July 31, 2017

An abandoned Soviet village in Siberia

This village was founded in 1968 on the shore of the Anadyr Bay of the Bering Sea, opposite to the town of Anadyr. You wouldn't find it on the map during the Soviet era, as part of the village was a military settlement guarding the eastern borders of the USSR, opposite to Alaska. Those living in the civilian part of the village were mainly engaged in lignite mining. 

After the fall of USSR and the elimination of a part of the country's nuclear weapons, the military part of the village was abandoned. The officers' club, a school and a shopping center were shut down. That was the beginning of the end for the village. In 2013, the local authorities decided to move the last remaining residents to Pervomaysky district as 70% of the village was abandoned by then.

Russian photographer and blogger e-strannik visited the village in 2016, capturing what was left behind by the last residents of a village that you again won't find on a map. 

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