37 Abandoned Mines of Russian North

Abandoned Mines of Russian North

Posted on July 11, 2011 by team


A huge photo report on a day’s walk along the North of the Arctic Circle. Covered distance – about 10 km. Visited objects – several abandoned mines and villages…

The bus drops off at the blue stop. This is our starting point.

The weather is far from perfect – low clouds, rain, fog… The bus stop seems the only bright spot in all this gray landscape.

Having consulted the satellite images, it was decided to follow the railroad track, as it was supposed to lead directly to the destination.

Technological garbage on both sides of the railroad tracks is a typical landscape for these places.

Beams, metal structures and other…

Useless wheel sets.

Take a look at the grandeur of the smoky clouds created by the metallurgical giant – the Nadezhda Plant.

A small railroad bridge is not far away from it.

Trees can’t survive such conditions.

They are replaced by a huge number of power line poles.

Haze in the distance is not fog, but the gas emitted by the copper plant. Once the gas clears away, the sun appears and the moisture starts evaporating.

The lopsided poles on the left are the remnants of electrification. Some time ago, electric trains ran along this line.

A completely broken pillar.

And this one still holds, resembling the muzzle of a cannon, ready to shoot out of its Soviet past to the capitalist present.

Power lines are everywhere.

The only one remained standing.

A couple of kilometers further and you can see the outlines of Norilsk.

The remains of a railroad traffic light.

The first artifact is a domino.

The ore capital of Taymyr, the city of Talnakh, is seen behind the pipes of the copper plant.

Though among all this crap (sorry, ladies) one can still see some beauty – forget-me-nots grow right under the railroad ties.

Some mysterious barn. Let’s take a closer look at it.

It turned out a special fan installation evacuating air from the mine.

Concrete blocks are under the earth and flooded.

The inlet of a fan is covered with a lattice so there is no chance to get inside.

The fan itself with the motor.

The dumps of coal mine №24 are seen in the distance.

Some old diesel lies on the ground.

The first signs of the siltstone mine. The holes filled with snow indicate underground workings.

At the 13th kilometer this dump cart had a bad luck…

A part of the same dump cart lies nearby.

The lake is obviously dug manually.

The entrance to the mine is in the distance.

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37 Responses to “Abandoned Mines of Russian North”

  1. Musa says:

    Yuk, that’s my kinda place.

  2. manta says:

    looks like world war III happend here

  3. testicules says:

    More abandoned Russia. Who would have guessed.

  4. marxistworker says:

    The Soviets developed this area, creating jobs and growing their economy. Had they kept spending money here and further east instead of pouring it into their military, propping up client states like Cuba, engaging in lost causes like Syria, Ethiopia, Angola and Afghanistan, and being intimidated by the imperialist U.S. there would still be a Soviet Union. Lesson (also and especially for the U.S. today): Industry and agriculture build; military and imperialism weaken.

    • George Johnson says:

      No, because communism itself is a failure. It simply can not work for long.

    • Nergol says:

      The Soviets developed that area into an ecological disaster area – Norilsk has been called the most polluted city on Earth. Lesson: Communism is as bad for humanity as it is for the planet it lives on.

      • komentator says:

        “Communism is as bad for humanity as it is for the planet it lives on”So communism is responsibl for 20 milion deahts in Africa every year,and for US being the twice bigger polluter than rest of the world.Your attempts to disclaim communism are less than pathetic.Brain washed western nazi troll.

    • SMERSH says:

      You are so clueless. The entire philosophy of Marxism is predicated on belligerence and struggle. Or did you mis-read your Marx, marxistworker? The Soviet system, while not true Marxism, exemplifies this fact. The USSR was a belligerent and militaristic society, collapsing from within by inefficiency and corruption and from without by the successful economies and philosophies of the West. Without deceiving their people and other cultures around the world into fighting hopelessly against the Western democracies, the system would have collapsed long before it did.

      • Bogdanov says:

        Thank you for your input Glenn Beck.

      • komentator says:

        “The USSR was a belligerent and militaristic society”And US is not?!”by the successful economies and philosophies of the West.”Crisis of 08′,bombing the Libya and Iraq for oil shows on what that “success” means on the West.”Without deceiving their people and other cultures around the world”.What abiut FOX news,created for the brainwashed zombies of the West.

        • testicules says:

          Keep reading your pravda then. They are never political or slanted. The US would rather lead by culture (the greatest ever) or commerce. It just so happens we have the best military in the world. Also, we have used it to free countless millions of people.

  5. (r)evolutionist says:

    Norilsk must be a tough place to live and work at, but there it is.

  6. wacek says:

    @ marxistworkers – what did you take? those areas was build by slave workers. Do You know how many died building those railroads?? Where did you come from? marxist timemashine?

  7. todd says:

    Lots of old buildings in ussr.

  8. SMERSH says:

    Almost certainly built and worked by slave labor from the Gulag. I’m disgusted and amused by those of you who idealize the Soviet era.

    • Bogdanov says:

      Slaves helped build the White House and slaves were owned by the Father of the Declaration. I’m disgusted and amused by those of you who idealize the Founding Fathers.

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  10. testicules says:

    LAST!

  11. Mummeli says:

    So where are the pic’s from the mines? Only a couple of entrances shown..

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