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Gudym, Chukotka. Nuclear portal of the Kuzkina mother


Even those who worked there did not even know what was inside this top-secret facility. The legacy of the times of “cold war”, the storage of nuclear warheads, located in the immediate vicinity from the borders of a potential enemy. Kilometer tunnel carved into the rocks of Chukotka still have many secrets. Russian blogger Zhzhitel went there and here is his story:
I’ve heard a few names of this place: Magadan-11, Anadyr-1, Object C, Gudym. The locals call it a portal or hole.
Let’s look inside it.

Object “C” was built in 1958 in total secrecy. It is even hard to imagine how much the construction of the facility in terms of Chukotka costs. In 1961, the underground base started its combat duty.

There are two entrances to the base, for some reason designated as Entrance 14 and Entrance 15. Why there is such numbering and where the rest of the inputs – nobody knows.

Entrance to the tunnel is large, you can even drive there on the “UAZ”, and we did it for the sake of staged photography. Then we go on foot.

It is dark, cold and wet here. In order to take photographs, we brought tripods and powerful lights with us.

The tunnel has the bends, so that if something happens, it could extinguish the shock wave.

Look at the halls, there were cables a few years ago. Now they were dragged by hunters for non-ferrous metals.

In several places, the tunnel was blocked with heavy gates weighing 40 tons. The object could retain full autonomy even in a nuclear explosion.

There are several branches from the main tunnel. We visited almost all.

In the tunnel there are rails. Cargo moved on trolleys.

The main purpose of the object: storage and maintenance of nuclear warheads for missile system of medium-range RSD-10 “Pioneer”, according to NATO SS-20 specification. These rockets and launching sites were located nearby, in the town Gudym-2.

Headquarters. The clock shows that the time has stopped.

Remember the term “arms race”? We can see that a lot of the Soviet Union money went here. The object was strategic, Nikita Khrushchev himself banged his shoe on the podium and promised to show the “kuzkina mother” The country should be prepared for a nuclear war at any scenario, the missiles were placed in Chukotka. The portal stored warheads, things that require constant temperature and humidity, highly qualified service staff.

In the side branches of the main tunnel there were located storages, ventilation rooms, rest rooms and other facilities.

In accordance with its purpose base existed until 1986. Then the warming of relations between the USSR and the USA began. There was signed an Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, according to which a base has removed all nuclear weapons, underground rooms were used as a storage base for Anadyr garrison.

After nuclear weapons were exported from Gudym, the value of all military units standing nearby decreased. Then the Soviet Union collapsed. After the collapse of the Soviet Union facility has been used for several years. From 1992 to 1998 there was the dismantling of the base, and in 2002 the entire Gudym was finally abandoned by the military. The population of the military town was relocated to the city of Engels and Saratov.

One of the biggest halls of the object. I suppose that there were carried out general parades.

To estimate the size – I remind you that all this is excavated in the rock.

The portal in Gudym is very similar to Object 820 RTB in Balaclava, which has also stored nuclear arsenal for submarines. I think that these objects have not only of the same ideology, but also builders.

We go ahead, looking at all branches. Some doors do not open. Please note that the doors are closed with the two locks, and two different people have each key.

Equipment is still looks well in some areas.

One of the branches with the inscription “Danger Zone.” Here additional safety gate is installed.

Portal preserved many documents, manuals until 2000-s.

Ventilation room.

Equipment produced in the GDR.

Storage with instrumentation. Most is broken.

One of the last Portal documents. April 2002.

It can be seen that the work with radiation was carried out there. We took a dosimeter, now the background is normal.

Layout of environmental area.

Interiors.

Perhaps someone knows these surnames.

From the room of combat training.

We got to the second exit, which is designated as the entrance 14. We can see that the goods were imported from there.

Outside it seems that it was disguised as a storage.

Entrance to the Portal.

And here’s how a sugarloaf in which the object is located looked.

The approaches to the property are seriously guarded.

Across the river there is a military town, where the officers and their families lived.

What will happen with the Portal? Most likely there will be further destruction and looting. Such tourist flows in Chukotka as in the Crimea is not expected, the creation of the museum would be very costly.

There is another scenario: military may return here. The portal can still serve at least as a warehouse. Though perhaps there are also parts that are closed from looting and no one would tell about them.

 

Travel to Chukotka happened with the support of the airline “VIM-Avia”, for which a lot of thanks to it.

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