77 Russian Sakhalin

Russian Sakhalin

Posted on July 15, 2009 by

Russian Sakhalin

The guy who made this photos lives in some city in Sakhalin region of Russia, the one that is near Japan. He didn’t expect his photos would get popular when he just wandered across his town and made them, primarily to show to his friends.

Later the link was passed from person to person and it’s still not very clear what caused them to achieve so much fame, maybe you can get a clue by seeing this photo series?

Russian Sakhalin 1

Russian Sakhalin 2

Russian Sakhalin 3

Russian Sakhalin 4

Russian Sakhalin 5

Russian Sakhalin 6

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77 Responses to “Russian Sakhalin”

  1. Mr Obama says:


  2. Mark Rose says:

    Looks like gas is about 20% cheaper than here in Canada.

    • Kichigai-san says:

      There is no gas on Sakhalin.

      • Cytl says:

        Is there no gas on Sakhalin?
        If not, what are EXXON, SHELL, BP and Gazprom doing on this remote island?
        There is HUGE amount of Oil and Gas here.
        Therefore SHELL constructed the first LNG facility in Russia and laid down more than 600km pipeline here, on Sahalin

  3. Swede says:

    They sure like potholes over there.

  4. Kirov says:

    I do not see anything special. Just an average Russian city with bad ‘roads’, dirt everywhere, crumbling buildings and gloomy people.

  5. bonjooo says:

    i think i know why these pics are famous. this city is hell on earth

  6. fgsfds says:

    Are you sure that is city in Russia, not Beverly Hills?

  7. Comrade Stalin says:

    Decaying infrastructure, poor people without money, trash everywhere, lots of potholes… that’s what happens when a country changes political systems very rapidly. Hopefully, it will become a nice, clean, shiny happy place in the future.

  8. YJ says:

    Can the citizen of the city just move to Moscow?

  9. FailMaster says:

    Hey, what do you think the chances of me getting laid in a city like this are?

  10. The Estonian guy says:

    Sad view, man.. very sad

  11. Kilroy Was Here says:

    WOW! Extremely interesting. Very poignant collection. Let’s hope they can rebuild and reestablish the pride they apparently once had in their community.

  12. dyk trejsi says:

    It looks like in Luník IX Košice:D

  13. lenin says:

    3rd world.

    Ленин всегда жыв!

  14. Jacob says:

    Obviously, Russia can’t afford to maintain this Island. Maybe it’s time to return it to Japan?

    • onitake says:

      no doubt, if you put those pics on 2ch, people are gonna complain what “the dirty russians did to our nice island”…

  15. не важно says:

    …унылое зрелище

  16. EREEK says:

    Okay…..run-down buildings, trash, potholes.

    Except for the statue of Pushkin, it looks like Philadelphia. ;)

  17. Kirov [the real one] says:

    Moscow is the same, except for a few areas in the center. Window dressing is BIG in all countries of the former Eastern Block. Show the world we are doing great!! Behind the polished facade there is of course decay and gloom and rot. Most of it stemming from poverty, wrong mentality [it is not my problem!!!] and most of it the result of corruption. Corruption of the mind and the behaviour.

    In a way, like the Russian brides in the before and after pictures in this blog

  18. Chris says:

    Looks like parts of Detroit…

  19. Lada Niva says:

    very realistic, unlike western photoshopied pictures

  20. zubbyn says:

    Looks like Romania.

  21. Simon says:

    The weather and the sun light looks kinda nice. The city needs a clean up big time, but with the mountains in the background, it could be a very nice place.

  22. w says:

    I still reckon its awesome and Id like to visit. Also most of crumbling buildings are earthquake damaged. Cool fotos

  23. WTF!? says:

    all on this pics were result of corruption…
    but now most of this places looks much better

    PS: the island never belong to japan, and will not!

  24. English Brasil says:

    Looks Like Bolivia and Peru. I really want to go to this place one day.

  25. Fero says:

    Looks pretty devastated…almost the roads does look that :/

  26. A.R. says:

    Look, there were neglected buildings, but northern cities all over the world tend to look bad in those days when the snow starts to melt, as the the thaw devastates roads and reveals the build of litter over the winter concealed by the snow.

    Big deal!

  27. ll Uncool J says:

    Yo! Give a god-damn hoot! Don’t M***Fing polute M****Fer!!!

    It look just like my hood in New Jersey except there aint no brothers hangin’ on the street!

  28. Marian says:

    They certainly are compelling photos. There is something about each one that holds your attention.

  29. S says:

    Reminds me of my hometown.. very lovely photos, I love the “mood” what you get from seeing them.. I’d like to visit that town once.

  30. odin says:

    they show only photos of the worst places in Russia. In europe or usa it would be called “racism”

  31. this photos is great says:

    This photos are great, made me very creative and i cleaned the apartment.

  32. Ole says:

    I like the feeling of these pictures. It’s as if it could be anywhere.

  33. daVinci says:

    ребята, это просто ПИЗДЕЦ…

    будто после бомбардировки

  34. YukonWho? says:

    I think that these pictures really show the best and the worst.
    The infastructure is in such a bad way, crumbling buildings, potholes (whoa), but did you notice there are trees in almost every picture? Where money is not available, homemade fixes were implemented like the homemade wooden bridge. http://media.englishrussia.com/sahalin/1_020.jpg

    These pictures were also taken the the early spring, the time of hope in the north, while your surroundings look horrible as beercan and dog poop melt out of the snow. Sweet and Sour.
    Thanks for posting these, love the site.

  35. aussiesam says:

    We have some bad places in Australia but that is one depressing photo run, i wonder what the suicide rate is there. Russians seem patriotic, but not proud.

  36. Molott says:

    It seems that those Post-Soviet people prefer to drink away the problems rather tan try to solve them PROPERLY. Well, as a Russian myself I can only prove that it takes a lot of determination for them to complete anything what they’ve started.

  37. Kirby L. Wallace says:

    I’m really suprised by how much trash is just laying around everywhere. Just picking up the trash would make a world of difference. I think a fellow already mentioned that they keep it cleaner during the summer, so I suspect a lot of this must be trash that gets covered in snow all winter long, and then in the spring thaw: suprise! Trash!

    Let’s hope things improve. And I bet they will.

  38. Joppie says:

    My god , what a depressing place that must be!! Not quite a vacation worth

  39. Larn says:

    You are very strange people…Give hole Africe to Japan, almost African countries leaves bad…You tinking only of good looking City, do you even imagine how Locals will leave with Japanese?

  40. 2588 says:

    fak gays!

  41. Dimmus says:

    The photoes are old and early spring it’s the worst period there.
    “one day Jesus was walking with his followers, and they passed by the carcass of a dog.
    “The followers said, ‘How this dog stinks!’
    “But Jesus said, ‘How white are its teeth!’”
    The vision of the World depend on what the photographer wants to see…

  42. yushkina says:

    is not a real situation, old photos… fools

  43. Sakhalin girl says:

    Hi, everybody! This place actually not as bad as you think. And i am telling you this not only because i live on this island, many foreigners who already left this island, miss it a lot. People who never been hear can not really judge how bad place is. And YOU are not this person who can tell “Give island to Japanese!”. Here is lot’s of russians who love their motherland!

    • sabonis says:

      да ладно тебе будь умней по-сути то всё так и есть, обосрались и обосрались…

  44. Русская says:

    Хм…Сахалин еще рай по сравнению с Курилами и с Курильским БЫДЛО…

  45. anonim says:

    aha… so if someone takes few bad pictures of you and your body parts you will not be able to prove that you are not ugly? :))))))))))) stop looking at places and give advices to others – look at the mirror and do something about your face and body, look inside your soul and do something to it as well, wash your own dishes and mind your own business – as now you are tooooo faaar from perfect…

  46. Nataliya says:

    A few more photos
    I love Sakhalin. This is a wonderful place on Earth

  47. Anna says:

    It was published on one of Russian websites and I’m agreed that the pics look awful, but trust me, as a local person that lives there, it all is not that bad as it seems

  48. kainzzo says:

    I live in Wisconsin in the USA. After the winter snow thaws MOST cities here look like these pictures. The expansion and melt of ice destroys many roads and the thaw of 5 months of snow reveals 5 months of garbage that has been thrown out.

    It really doesn’t look that different than any northern USA city.

  49. stefandms says:

    The filth is not the only problem, as we can see from the photos..Looks like pretty much everything is falling apart…

  50. Anton says:

    The spring is always gray and dirty. But Sakhalin autumn is beautiful.

  51. milky_candy_sugar says:

    Snow causes many damages, to constructions etc. And in Sakhalin, it snows A LOT. No wonder why after the meltdown, the city looks like a big bin

  52. Ivan says:

    Ok, I’m from there.
    Old pics, though, but nothing to deny. Many things have changed, but still much remains untouched. I wish our city hall would have it all along the corridors so that clerks and decision-makers see it every morning.

    In fact, the city is still not so bad, early spring is the worst period, depicted there. The location is still awesome and mountains around are just great. No one is going to give it to Japan, because it simply does not belong to them. As for the peace treaty they claim to sign, when Russia gives some of the islands, – it’s just trash. There is never a need for a peace treaty with the defeated state, when they signed their loss.

  53. bluesway says:

    aaaahhh…just like romania:D

  54. It’s a godforsaken place… Now I know it’s better to visit in winter time, ‘cos snow covers all the garbage and ice paves the roads.

  55. Marco Borg says:

    Well I spent 4 months in Florida. I saw graffitti everywhere. Went on “holiday” to California.I actually saw Mexicans shooting at Blacks. It seems they want to drive the criminals out using criminal ways. Now I understand Florida and two other states are going to get the benefit of 80,000 gallons of oil a day covering everywhere. And the clever ones have no idea how to stop it.

    If pot-holes stop cars it might not be such a bad thing. Stops people becoming fat like Americans.

  56. Andrasone-HUN says:

    hard reality, it is good business for car manufacturers, but that much garbage…refuse bin?

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  58. na gringo says:

    I love the pictures and yes this is typical of most northern cities in the spring ; all the garbage becomes visible.
    The people are first rate and the women are down right HOT.
    I can appreciate that the blood lines are still pure in this part of Russia because some of girls from this region could walk any fashion show runway anywhere in the world.
    Great area of Russia , lots of potential with oil and gas work that will in time translate into a higher standard of living for everyone here.

  59. Nothing too special – lots of cities in Russia look like this. And not only in Russia. Check out some third world countries, and you will find much worse. Actually, many places in Brooklyn / NYC look about the same… However, there is an upside too. Try living in “beautiful” fake American suburbs – green grass everywhere, everything is clean… That’s about it, though. Not much to do. Oh, there is shopping also…. Huuuuuge stores full of out of style clothes… Amazingly boring, have to drive huge distances to get anywhere, empty streets, lonely people – feels very artificial. So enjoy what you have guys and look “below the surface deeper things.”

  60. Alexander says:

    Pigs always try to find some dirt! I was born in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and lived there about twenty years. Yes it is not paradise but also it is not so ugly like at the pictures. You can easily check it with goolge:

    also I can say that Sakhalin island was never belong to Japans. They only occupied it for 40 years after first WW and they lost it after WW2.

  61. Peter says:

    Very good photo-report about real life.

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