This former mining town may seem deserted at first sight. But it is a rather big workers’ settlement, not much alive, though. Well, the mines were closed, but people weren’t.
The workers’ village, called “Yubileiny” (meaning “Anniversary”) was built by a major coal mine.
In the 90s the mine complex became unprofitable and the closure process began.
In 1998 all the mines were closed and some people got flats in the neighboring towns, but those who didn’t already work in the mines were left with nothing.
Of course, nobody wanted to stay here: everyone, who had a possibility, went to live with their family or friends to any other place.
It was impossible to sell a flat here as there was no sense in bying it, one could just leave it.
Those who had their own houses were more lucky as they could buy cattle and live having a vegetable garden.
Electricity and gas were cut off and concrete boxes became totally useless.
It is very strange the tank still stays on the pedestal as the looters have taken everything they could from abandoned flats, including wooden doors and stair railing.
At present there are only five inhabited blocks of flats.
It resembles more wartime Chechnya than modern Russia.