6 In The Valleys of Death: The Top 5 Russian Ghost Towns

In The Valleys of Death: The Top 5 Russian Ghost Towns

Posted on January 9, 2017 by konst4

Unlike Norilsk and Iultin, the appearance of Halmer-U was not directly caused by industrialization. During the Great Patriotic War in a condition of loss of Donbass coal the Soviet Union faced the question of its replacement to supply energy and industry of the country. Vorkuta and its surroundings was this alternate base for its European part. One of the new fields was discovered in 1942 on the banks of the river Halmer-U.

However, mine started its work only in 1957. The village is near, like most miners’ settlements, directly depended on its well-being. When in the early 1990 s, forming enterprisers were closed Halmer-U was doomed. By the mid-1990s, its residents were forcibly evicted from their apartments. In fact, its subsequent fate was much more unusual.


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6 Responses to “In The Valleys of Death: The Top 5 Russian Ghost Towns”

  1. john dudley says:

    Cool posting, sad to see so many empty building’s, and the people that lived there then forced to move just like that very sad.

  2. Douglas says:

    These ghost towns reveal the hell of Soviet style central planning. Lots of resources spent for nothing in the long run.

    • Jarema says:

      Your problem is western style of thinking. It was not resource as it was for free. Concrete, steel and labor was very cheap in Soviet Union. Prob. majority of this was done by prisoners or extremely cheap labor – as when u did not work, u were a saboteur and ur fate was gulag and death. This is more sad imho…

  3. RB says:

    Who cannot love all these pictures from such places we will never see with our own eyes?

    I am in Canada and after the cold war I remember watching some news team go inside Russia to see things. They went to one place that had big bags of diamonds. There were maybe five hundred bags and they told the news guys to pick any bag they want to see. They picked out one bag and the Russian guys poured out the whole bag was full of diamonds. I wonder where that place was?

    • Douglas says:

      Russia has a hoard of thousands and thousands of diamonds. They keep these OFF the market to control the price. If all the available diamonds hit the market, the price of a diamond would be about $50 -$100 instead of thousands of dollars.

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