20 Zhuravlyonok, An Abandoned Summer Camp

Zhuravlyonok, An Abandoned Summer Camp

Posted on December 16, 2011 by

Check out photos of this children’s summer camp with a cute name ‘Zhuravlyonok’ meaning ‘baby crane’ in English, which, unfortunately, will never experience children’s laughter again.

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20 Responses to “Zhuravlyonok, An Abandoned Summer Camp”

  1. geoff says:

    who was allowed to go here to stay and for how long. Was it good fun or not, do they have a good reputation………??………??….

    • (r)evolutionist says:

      From the gentle representations of Comrade Lenin, I would say this was a progressive Summer Camp for children during Soviet times. I imagine it was a very nice place under which capitalism couldn’t make an obscene profit; therefore, it was abandoned utterly.

      • George Johnson says:

        No, how about, “It utterly failed because it couldn’t make ANY profit, and if it can’t support itself, it was abandoned.”??

        Yeah, much better.

        (obscene profit? Please tell me, at what point, does “profit” become “obscene”??)

      • SMERSH says:

        I’m going to disagree. Just like so many other things, places like this were only for the privileged classes. You wouldn’t have found the kids of factory workers or collective farmers. They would have been children of high ranking officials and apparatchiks.

      • Hirsh says:

        Privately owned Summer Camps in the U.S. hardly make an obscene profit, yet many of them remain in business. But nice try at blaming capitalism for it’s downfall. Maybe that’s just the way capitalism works in Russia, if so you can blame Russians for that.

      • (r)evolutionist says:

        The conservatives are swarming like hornets… maybe I went overboard, geoff?? But the fact that children today are all isolated playing video games got to me…

    • A-Star says:

      Any child in appropriate age was allowed. Those pioneer camps had different reputation, usually good.

    • Ostyak-Vogul says:

      To revolutionist: Yes a nice socialist camp, where only the children of people from the nomenklatura (rich people from the communist party) were allowed to go.

  2. John says:

    Hear that? It’s the sound of children’s laughter… silenced. – Kent Brockman

  3. CZenda says:

    The place does not seem to be beyond repair. Question is whether today´s children would appreciate such camp. However, it would be necessary to kill the heracleum with Roundup first.

  4. Tovarich_Volk says:

    Bimmer!!!! This was a cool film!

  5. estonianguy says:

    sad, very sad :( those abonded places what used to be very nice exists all over ex-ussr

  6. Stefan says:

    I think this site should be renamed to- Abandoned Russia… So many abandoned things… But its still one of the best sites :D

  7. 山下智久 says:

    comrade of stalin we miss you!

  8. ayaa says:

    Actually these pioneer camps were open to any child whose parents wanted to.

    Infact, a non-communist version of such camps would be of great benefit to todays Russia.

  9. Jerry says:

    I wander if there was sexual abuse in those camps.

  10. Charlie Greene says:

    As an American and good capitalist, I would guess that the camp remains abandonded because there may be ownership problems. Who would want to try to clean it up and build a reputation as a great camp if a goverment agency can come by and declair that the title isn’t good and the site belongs to the state of ??????. Waste of money. I live in the state of Maine where there are camps that are over 150 years old. They don’t make great money but they get by. I would love to take over that camp and build it into a place for kids including computers, phyicial training and a theme for each section, but who owns what?

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