17 Forgotten in the Past: Nikulino Mine

Forgotten in the Past: Nikulino Mine

Posted on September 15, 2010 by team


The Nikulino mine is the largest one in the coal field of the Moscow Region. The coal mined there had a high ash content equal to 30-40%. The underground relief in the mine was 50-70 workers. 30-40 workers mined coal and others only provided mining.
The direct places of mining were 150 m deep underground. However, all that remained in the past... As far back as 21st century the mine was drowned and shut down ... Today it can be observed only from above - the concrete structures of the ventilation system and the fang.


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This window was used to provide electricity

"Front access door" to the fang

"The back door" to the fang, 10 meters to water

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17 Responses to “Forgotten in the Past: Nikulino Mine”

  1. SovMarxist1924 says:

    Russian “rust belt”.

    • Brad says:

      True. Reminds me of the photos of the old Packard plant in Detroit that have been posted on various websites.

  2. russia_bound says:

    So these are some pretty cool pictures, too bad there are not any of inside of the mine. That would be cool to see. Makes you wonder what it would have looked like when it was up and running. Thanks for the pictures…

  3. szilard says:

    It is quite interesting! There must be still a whole lot of coal left there in the ground, and for some reson noone wants is??
    Weird…

  4. kater says:

    On September 17 1939 the treacherous Soviets ruthlessly attacked Poland, already under attack by Germans. Russians signed a pact with Germans to cut Poland in half and share the loot. Poland was once again betrayed and attacked by Soviet Russia. What followed was 50+ years of effective occupation by Russians in terms of communist government and presence of foreign army in the territory of Poland. May the memory of this hideous deed never be forgotten, in spite of continued attempts by Russians to rewrite history. Long live Poland!

  5. j s says:

    Why would they intentionally flood a mine?

    • Brad says:

      Probably wasn’t intentional. Occasionally miners will accidentally dig into underground water sources. If the water can’t be pumped out, and/or the source of the water closed off, the mine fills up and there is no choice but to abandon it. If this happened in the early-to-mid-1990’s, the economic situation at the time may also have played a role in the decision to close it.

  6. Funny stuff says:

    Thanks nice pictures

  7. Communitas Fhotograferlocal says:

    nembe ngopi liat site sampean interested ngee

  8. t-bone says:

    what’s a “fang”?

    • Brad says:

      My guess is that the story was originally written in Russian and translated to English – ‘fang’ is probably a Russian slang word for ‘mine shaft’ (I could be wrong).

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