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8 Abandoned Northern Land

Abandoned Northern Land

Posted on March 19, 2016 by team


This time – about abandoned lands of the country that used to be great, the USSR. They were never occupied with military bases and finally were assumed to be an unneccessary burden.
These photos are a part of project “Far Lands” of Andrey Shapran, who since 2005 has travelled to the Southern Kuril Islands, Yakutia, Yamal, Krasnoyarsk region, Chukotka and Kamchatka.

In the Soviet time North Cape was one of the most secret closed areas on the planet. Here were military units, an air defence base, military aircrafts were flying over. It was a “pop up airdrome” for strategic aviation ready to bomb America in any moment.

Today this land is almost free from people – population of the cape declined from 17000 to 30…
People, who lived in a settlement at Schmidt’s Cape, was officially resettled in 2013.

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8 Responses to “Abandoned Northern Land”

  1. gg says:

    Wow, what a hostile place!

  2. Ron says:

    Locals? You say there are locals, people still living there?

  3. john dudley says:

    Fascinating,how can any want to live there.Russia is such an interesting place.

  4. LMS says:

    Fabulous post. Utterly beautiful.

  5. Papa Karlo says:

    So much money, resources, and lives wasted for nothing. Could only be possibly in a country where people making decisions were not responsible for anything.

    • No Mame says:

      Seems you’re describing today’s expanionist –and hopelessly indebted- USA. History has a weird way to repeat itself.

      • Papa Karlo says:

        No, I am describing the Soviet Union, the country in which I lived most of my life. However some things do apply to today’s US.

        • No Mame says:

          Take it easy. The Soviet Union disappeared 25 years ago. Modern Russians learned a lot of lessons. But modern, warmomgering American kids are happy to ignore all of them (at their own indebted peril). As the old USSR, they have no resources to cover their expansion every year. As said, History has a strange way to repeat itself.

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