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11 Almost abandoned Russian city – Sinegorye near Magadan Russia

Almost abandoned Russian city – Sinegorye near Magadan Russia

Posted on November 5, 2015 by tim


This town in the Magadan region of Russia is called “Sinegorye” or “Blue Mountains”. A very nice name for a town, but in reality this is an almost completely abandoned place, and is now the size of a village. Its population has fallen by 70% since the collapse of the USSR and so almost 3/4 of its buildings remain empty and abandoned, including many huge apartment complexes like the one in the a picture above. Sergey, the awesome Russian blogger we so like to post here, has visited this place and says it’s very easy to say which buildings are abandoned – in the abandoned buildings all of the window glass is broken.

Sergey says that there is a strange tradition in most semi abandoned places like this – as soon as one window gets broken, shortly after all the rest of the windows shed their glass as well. This is all done mostly by local youths – as soon as they see the destruction of windows has started by someone they all join and finish it fast.

This is the town’s downtown. Here you can see the city central square and monument and buildings here are still intact.

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11 Responses to “Almost abandoned Russian city – Sinegorye near Magadan Russia”

  1. Daniel Szawica says:

    So sad to see this. The same thing is happening to our sister city in Russia..TYNDA.

  2. Vijay says:

    This is natural and not sad at all. All good things come to an end, even cities. Lots of Ghost towns in North America, totally abandoned. This is the way of life. Glad that atleast some folks are still living in this City, impressive to see grocery store and kids etc.,

  3. Jewels Vern says:

    Also in USA. When a building is empty, young men break the windows.

  4. L'hiver says:

    It’s true, the ‘broken window phenomenon’ (http://www.sociologyindex.com/broken_window_theory.htm) seems to have played a large part in Detroit, but applies across any city.
    I’m impressed the food prices are so low, much lower than Canada, for example, given the remoteness of the region.
    I love the Adventures of Sergei- seems like quite a trip!

  5. Llanero says:

    Its amazing that that city still has a Chipotle.

  6. dom says:

    See Gary Sellar’s comment above – this town was always going to be ‘abandoned’ when construction of the local hydroelectric power plant was complete. Also, things can’t be that terrible if they have fresh bananas and kiwis for sale (and in good condition, too)

  7. Jan says:

    It is fair to say, that Magadan is a country of former GULAG forced labbour camp, where lots of russian peoples lost at least part of their lives. As these camps closed after fall of CCCP, also the supporting jobs dissapeared, so people left. The dam theory doesn´t give a sense – no one will build city like this just for temporary works on dam construction.

  8. Bill says:

    Thx for posting!

  9. Les Hayward says:

    Nice countryside and I particularly liked that shop!

  10. John Cox says:

    This is misleading. The population decline had nothing to do with the collapse of the USSR, it was simply that the dam construction had finished and people moved away. There was no reason for people to remain here.

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