24 Depressing Russian City of Syktyvkar

Depressing Russian City of Syktyvkar

The Russian city of Syktyvkar is not big. It has just around 200,000 people. It is on the river, as are many older cities, and its name means "City on the River" translated from the ancient Komi language. Now, back to the present times - one of
our favorite Russian bloggers Ilya has traveled to Syktyvkar and taken these awesome pictures to see how residents of cities that are at some distance from Moscow live their day to day lives. And here is this awesome report!
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3 An Abandoned  Villa of the Famous Nobel Family in St. Petersburg

An Abandoned Villa of the Famous Nobel Family in St. Petersburg

We all know Alfred Nobel - a famous Swedish inventor and Nobel prize initiator. A lesser known fact is that Nobel invented explosives - TNT, and an even more less known fact is that Alfred Nobel lived in Russia, where his family moved when he was very young. his family owned factories there. Later, Alfred Nobel left Russia but as he lived and studied in Russia he could speak Russian
very well. Most of his family has left Russia too, except for his elder brother, Ludvig Nobel. Ludvig was a Russian enthusiast and businessman. He owned Nobel Enterprises in St. Petersburg and was managing business himself. He has Russian nationality, too. And this is his house, now abandoned, with a huge Lenin head in one of the rooms for some reason.
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3 Abandoned Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg

Abandoned Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg

Here is an abandoned Lutheran church in St. Petersburg. Lutheranism is not very popular in Russia now, and as was true of all other religions, was oppressed
during Soviet times. So because of all of this, here is an example of a huge old Lutheran church, totally abandoned in the middle of St. Petersburg.
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6 Apapelgino: An Abandoned Aviation Village

Apapelgino: An Abandoned Aviation Village

Not all abandoned places are created equal. Some simply you can't resist by looking at or willing to go and explore yourself. This abandoned Russian aviator's village on Chukotka, called Apapelgino. It was a large village - with over 2,000 people living in it founded in 1939.
During the Soviet epoch it was very well maintained and needed. Then after USSR collapse it gradually ceased to exist and was totally abandoned in 2004. Thanks to cool Russian blogger Zzhitel we can now see how it looks now. And you won't be disappointed!
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12 Abandoned Finnish Bread Bakery in Vyborg

Abandoned Finnish Bread Bakery in Vyborg

This bakery was build in Vyborg in 1930. At times this was a Finland town. It was built as a most advanced factory for
the time. You can see how large scale it was and how spooky it now staying completely abandoned in this posting.
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9 Abandoned  City on the Russian Polar Norwegian Svalbard Island

Abandoned City on the Russian Polar Norwegian Svalbard Island

A Pyramida  (Pyramid)  Village is a Russian town that has stayed untouched since 1990s when it was abandoned shortly after the collapse of the USSR. The difference between this particular Soviet town and many other abandoned sites we've seen is its location. It's not in Russia. Yes, it is based on a Norwegian island Svalbard or Spitzbergen as its called in Dutch and in Russia. In Soviet times
Russians have a right to use this part of the island and even had couple of towns there. But now it is all abandoned and has not beem destroyed or rampaged by looters as its too far away from Russia and permafrost preserves things well. Let's see what's there.   Thanks to prominent Russian blogger and traveler Sergey D. we can now dip into some well preserved Russian past:
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9 Forgotten Town of Gudym

Forgotten Town of Gudym

Gudym is a lost town on Chukotka Russia. Chukotka is a peninsula close to Alaska, just 90 km across the Bering straight from the USA. There are not many points of interest on Chukotka, says Evgenij, the photographer, and many people come to Chukotka to see
the abandoned Soviet town of Gudym. There are already multiple urban legends about the town and its vast underground buildings.  Russian people often get the feeling of loss of greatness of Soviet Times. Let's see what Gudym is all about.
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3 A Deeply Abandoned and Flooded Soviet Bomb Shelter

A Deeply Abandoned and Flooded Soviet Bomb Shelter

  Penumba, an urban exploration blogger, has paid a visit at night to an abandoned but still guarded Soviet bomb shelter. The floors of it have been flooded with water for years, but it didn't stop him from visiting! They thoroughly planned their visit so as to
avoid all of the guards - there were at least a few guard stations on the perimeter of the area where this shelter is stationed. Then they put the rubber boots that they carried in their backpacks on when entering the shelter. And here they are - inside!
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3 Two Photos of Pripyat – Then and Now

Two Photos of Pripyat – Then and Now

  Just couple of photos from Pripyat - then and now for comparison. This is the "Sportivnaia" street - one of the most busy city streets - the building is
the swimming pool. This photo was taken in Soviet times prior the power plant explosion. Inside there is one more photo, how does it look now:
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11 Firefighters in Pripyat Cleaning up the Initial Contamination

Firefighters in Pripyat Cleaning up the Initial Contamination

Firefighters started cleaning up radioactive contamination in Chernobyl immediately after the incident happened, but it lasted for a couple of years. Often the operation to clean contaminated
radioactive dust from the buildings was as simple as this - a firefighters squad arrived to a district and just washed off the dust of the concrete buildings. Photos are inside:
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