17 Artek – Soviet Summer Vacation Camp

Artek – Soviet Summer Vacation Camp

Posted on April 11, 2010 by team


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Kids in the traditional uniform.

The most famous PR image of the pioneria of the Soviet Union was a summer vacation camp situated in the Crimea (Ukraine), next to Gurzuf town. Founded as a sanatorium for the kids suffering and recovering from the TB by the Russian Society of the Red Cross, it first opened doors in 1925, June 16th, accommodating about 80 kids from Moscow and the nearest Ukrainian towns.


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Then it was just a step ahead of a basic camping ground, with kids sleeping in tents out in the forest. However, it grew rapidly until in early 1930s a few permanent buildings were built. It was then Artek started working all year round due to its mild Mediterranean-like climate.

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One of the first lots to arrive, early 1920s

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1927. Central - Artek's founder Soloviev, next to him - GM Shishmarev.

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17 Responses to “Artek – Soviet Summer Vacation Camp”

  1. Baron says:

    FIRST!!!

    YEAH FINALLY IS IT A DREAM?

  2. Baron says:

    now i can comment on this topic… nice camp!

  3. Dovanov says:

    Wonderful photos!

  4. CZenda says:

    The trips to Artek were awarded to “pioneers” from countries subjected to Communist rule, too. I remember a classmate who, during 80s, was “awarded” the trip after she won some kind of competition (possibly in reciting Russian poetry). She returned deeply shocked and spoke of concentration camp-like discipline and tragic quality of food.

  5. golda says:

    Nice post..

  6. mad1982 says:

    Cool pix

  7. Cracker says:

    Isn’t the boat in the last photo called “Armek”?

  8. Alchemist says:

    Cyrillic T looks in handwriting like m

  9. My Name Is Nobody says:

    The trips to Artek were awarded to “pioneers” from countries subjected to Communist rule, too. I remember a classmate who, during 80s, was “awarded” the trip after she won some kind of competition (possibly in reciting Russian poetry). She returned deeply shocked and spoke of “concentration camp”-like discipline and tragic quality of food.

  10. UB says:

    Dobro pozhalovat, ili postoronnim vkhod vospreshchyon aka Welcome – Entry Forbidden
    A must-see movie about Artek from Elem Klimov.

    What a pity no torrent files. I want to see Inochkin again!

  11. Andre says:

    Great camp I spent the summer there in 1982
    wonderful experience.

  12. othman khefacha says:

    Great experience , I was there during summer 1978 in palivaya

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