10 The City Built By the Eight Soviet States

The City Built By the Eight Soviet States

Posted on April 30, 2013 by team

Slavutich is located on the territory of the Chernigov region of Ukraine. It owes its existence to the technological disaster of Chernobyl. Slavutich was the youngest Soviet city built to receive those who were evacuated from Pripyat.

Such a half-finished monstrous hotel met everyone who came here. It would be more typical for the dead city of Pripyat…

Many workers of the NPP still live in Slavutich and go to work every day by electric trains.

The decision to build the city that would receive at least some part of the citizens of Pripyat was made in October, 1986, half a year after the catastrophe. It was being built by about 120 construction and engineering companies of eight Soviet republics.

The city was growing very fast right in the middle of the pinery. First citizens of Pripyat got their apartments in new houses of Slavutich already in a year and a half after the construction beginning.


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10 Responses to “The City Built By the Eight Soviet States”

  1. Monu says:

    Quarter of Estonia? When they were building those houses, We Estonians were still under the Soviet Union so the architecture characteristics are not ours. But very nice photo collection!

    • Est says:

      Yes, this is of course true for all of the countries mentioned.

      But the yellow panel buildings shown in the pictures are indeed a soviet-era Estonian design. They have characteristic bulges at the edges of panels. That type on building is especially common in the southern part of Estonia (including Tartu).

      • Est says:

        Forgot to add:
        Lovely post indeed. Very interesting to see the panel building and individual residence architecture from so many soviet states in one city!

  2. Mikael says:


  3. Osip says:

    This place appears much older than 25 years. It will look like Pripyat in another 10.

  4. H T Ratio says:

    Where are all the people? There’s hardly anyone around in the middle of the day. Why are the department stores empty? Where is everybody?

  5. Maxim Ч. says:

    LOVE the pink Armenian tuffa!

  6. Jim-Bob says:

    I love the fact that old Soviet cars are still in regular use!(2 Moskvitchs, a Volga and several lovely Ladas!) Here in the idiotic West, people seem content to be in perpetual servitude to bankers and buy new ones every 5 years.

  7. Adriaan M says:

    Looks like time stood still for about 20 years :p But I like Pripyat style mych more. I have been there in januari this year, and to my oppionion it looks like one of the nicest planed sovjet city’s. I fell in love with that place.

  8. Brent says:

    It’s in a general state of disrepair. Not too much major, but it’s the focus and attention to those small details that makes a city great. Everywhere in these pictures you see mismatched repair work, cracked buildings, roads full of potholes, weeds in the sidewalks, patches without grass, worn paint…

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