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22 Frightening Donbass

Frightening Donbass

Posted on January 14, 2011 by team


A curious series of photographs from Donbass. Let’s see what really happened to one of the most prosperous industrial regions of Ukraine.

These are a few pictures from Shakhtersk – a typical town of this region. Before 1953 Shakhtersk used to be called Katyk. They say, it literally means ‘dirt’ in the Tatar language. But some assert that it was named after the person who founded it. Well, one doesn’t exclude the other.

This used to be the local brewery. As it happens, beer produced there was really nice.

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22 Responses to “Frightening Donbass”

  1. Zjoske says:

    It is sad to see those ruins.

  2. testicules says:

    There is Moscow and St Petersburg…. The rest is abandonded.

  3. Alan says:

    I like that miner sculpture; it’s an inspirational style of art. Too bad I could never afford to transport it here; I would put it on display somewhere that it would be seen!

  4. miss poland says:

    OMG poor russians and their desolated crumbling country, why can’t they be prosperous like us, people of west? :(

    • Chris says:

      Poland prosperous??

      Poland is the closest to third world in Europe after Albania, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria!!!

      Poland is a poor country that exports ogorki and vodka!

  5. George Johnson says:

    I think this is one of the big differences between America and the old USSR. In America, a city or town would pop up if there were resources there, like a river crossing, or people mining, a big cross roads where you could sell something.

    They had this in Russia also, but they also had government tell people, “Put a town here,” or “Mine this for us.”

    Then, when government changes, or changes it’s mind, or fails… the town dies. People suffer because their town isn’t supported any more by outside resources.

    (and this is a good reason why government needs to stay out of such things)

  6. matusalem says:

    It is like Stalker – Call of Pripyat

  7. Alina says:

    I can’t see the point in posting such off-putting images which won’t add to inspiration, which is the main purpose of photography art.
    Such shots can’t be thought-provoking either as don’t reflect the real picture of radical positive changes and overall tendency for renovation in Donbas! Welcome here in search of true striking and more typical images which contribute to success & popularity of your website!

  8. Musa says:

    I really like that stone house ruins where they had to cut and shape stones to create walls. I wonder how old it actually is.(?)

    • CZenda says:

      Not necessarily centuries old. Where I live, the hand-cut stone was definitely phased out in the countryside by bricks during 20s, when it became too expensive – because of the labor involved.

  9. lugash says:

    Where are the gas masks?

  10. asteroid no. 444 says:

    Dzerzhinsky was a scary dude.

  11. L.S.Zlatopolsky says:

    Iron Felix.

  12. Left SR says:

    To a machinist “deathly silence” is a welcome Comrade. Peace to all Brother Workers.

  13. betterDeadThanRed says:

    Dzerzhinsky (Dzierżyński) was a red butcher and torturer

  14. Chris says:

    What’s up with the comments?@?!?!

  15. Girl says:

    Dear Miss Poland, you should know that 1) THESE are the pictures of UKRAINE and NOT Russia (I wish, you ‘westerners’ stopped thinking those were the same thing) and 2) Poland? Prosperous West? Oh come on, you must have mistaken it with Britain or something, Poland, ahahahah :)

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