Gorny Altai, Russia. In autumn 2003 the village Beltir underwent severe destructions resulting from the earthquake. The hypocenter was only three kilometres away from dwelling houses. More than half of all houses were destroyed, 1400 people became homeless. The area was declared to be a disaster zone which was beyond repair. Some time later the main number of locals were resettled but some dozens of people continue their life in the “dead” village that officially does not exist anymore.
An airport used to be here.
Lenin still stands next to the building of the local administration.
It’s the way to Beltir – forty kilometres of asphalted road which has not beed repaired for many years.
Nine magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale led to melting of some glaciers, caused a number of large landslides, destroyed the settlement, but did not kill a single person.
A movie about zombies could be made here.
It’s a non-working fueling station.
The locals say that animals had felt the upcoming disaster a month before it began. Mountain goats had left the pastures, marmots came out of hibernation and wolves came to the village.
More than half of all houses are abandoned or destroyed. It’s the window of the former school.
These are local children.
Forty families refuse to leave.
Tired old people want to die on their native land, lazy youngsters want nothing but another bottle of alcohol.