Research Institute-4 or military unit 25840 is located 25 km from the Moscow Kremlin in Yubileiny, the Moscow region. Once here was a flight control centre from where they were watching the flights of the first Earth satellites and the flight of Yuri Gagarin. The flight control centre was moved not far, to Korolev, and in the 1960s the instituted started performing other tasks: mainly at requests of strategic rocket forces. In fact all the city Yubileiny was built to provide the employees of this institute. In the 1990s it lost its status of “a close military city” and military men started to occupy empty laboratory buildings of the institute.
Let’s see how officers’ families live. Journalists, bloggers, press office of RF Ministry of Defense do not come here and do not show how live those who work for the Russian space-rocket field.
Building 15. The former typography. Now it is a dormitory for officers’ families. It’s been here for 5 years.
The corridor inside the building
Electricity if often off due to power supply overload.
Water supply comes from fire hydrants…
One of the rooms. Seems the family has been given an apartment…
Sewage pipes under the ceiling
Handmade kitchen extractor
Water in the dormitory is unfit for drinking, so they use such filters
The ceilings are 3.60 m high so many rooms are made in two tiers. 2 meters – the first floor and about 1.50 – the second one that is often used for a children’s room.