2 Abandoned Island with Bio Warfare Polygon

Abandoned Island with Bio Warfare Polygon

Posted on April 2, 2014 by tim


The Soviet center for testing biological weapons on a godforsaken island in the Aral Sea existed for about 45 years. The town has a school, shops, a post office, a dining room, science labs, and, of course, a polygon, where extensive testing of deadly biological agents, including anthrax, the plague, tularemia, brucellosis, and typhoid, was carried out. In the early 1990s, after the collapse of the USSR, Soviet troops left the town and the polygon  among the sands of the dying Aral Sea.

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Back in the late 1920s, the Red Army command took care to select a location for the research center for the development of biological weapons and the grounds for testing . The struggle of the proletarian world revolution was still real, and the missiles with deadly strains could reinforce that idea. It was necessary to find a large island, a considerable distance from shore (at least 5-10 kilometers). Looking for a suitable candidate, they settled on three locations : The Solovetsky Islands in the White Sea, The Gorodomlya islands on Lake Seliger and Renaissance Island in the Aral Sea .

The main center for the study before World War II was located in the Tver region, Gorodomlya island, close to the capital of the USSR. In the years 1936-1941, there was a "Third Test Laboratory" , the main Soviet center for the development of biological weapons. However, the Great Patriotic War (World War II) demonstrated convincingly that such institutions should be built far from  the borders of the USSR.


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2 Responses to “Abandoned Island with Bio Warfare Polygon”

  1. Dag says:

    and that explains all of the new diseases today

  2. MAXDMG says:

    It would be interesting to go there. Very apocalyptic looks) And surreal, too, not every day that you see the ships in the wilderness.

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