60 thoughts on “Freshly Abandoned”

  1. In Moscow over 3.400 kruschevkas were wrecked. About the same ammount left and will be wrecked till 2010.

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  2. these houses were abandoned due to moving to new buildnings and nothing more 🙂 old ones will be destroed shortly and new another modern buildings will be built instead

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    • Isn’t it because people in Moscow forgot to privatize their property, so the government has the right to destroy the buildings to build modern shopping malls? I’ve heard it on the news and the reactions of people living there.

      That is how the Russian Federation treats its citizens.

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  3. Perhaps these flats could be completely renovated and condominiumized or rented out like some Moscow flats. Can one buy the building from the Russian government and if so what can the apartment be bought for?

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    • Soviet era construction standards often left much to be desired: they could build good stuff, but often didn’t (cheaper not to, for one thing). It might be too expensive to renovate these blocks of flats to an adequate modern standard. And that’s ignoring the possibility of the concrete being sub-standard, which was often the case. If the concrete’s no good, the only thing to do is demolish.

      No, I’ve never visited Russia, but I’ve talked to those who have back in Soviet times and I saw the DDR back when it was still the DDR and very grim. The entire damned country was crumbling, so it seemed.

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    • There was a type of building, Khruschovka, that was meant to be a provisional house. It had an expiry date too. These buildings cannot be renovated. It’s better to demolish them and build new ones.

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  4. I did some remodeling for a school in Moscow, and the building standards are deployable. I was talking to an engineer that was there helping us and he said that most of the buildings there are built like a house of cards, no columns that go all the way up. The consistency of the cement was way too sandy in many places, and we had one bathroom that was 2 feet out of square. Almost all of the buildings, even new ones going up looked like they were more than 50 years old.

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  5. I can understand leaving in a rush but I would have thought things that cant be replaced, like family photographs would be the first thing in the removal truck.

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  6. What a site! Who did write original comments for photos? Why that man fools others? I saw this in Soviet Union – Name of this is propaganda!

    It’s clear: a lot of old apartment houses in Moscow demolished to clear space for new buildings. People moved to new houses. They used to live there for decades (since 50s or 60s), and just discarded all this stuff, which you can see on floor.

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  7. Yeah, basically the builders/construction site managers could get the material for their private house aside from a few projects like these, and sure used this opportunity, at least round here.

    Why abandoned in such hurry though?

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  8. I feel kinda bad, what if these people were forced out and couldn’t retrieve their photos. As you get older sometimes they’re all you have to remember family that has passed on etc.

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  9. It seems that people’ve gone, but some of them abandon their old and unusual things and furniture. And after that robbers came and makes this disorder.
    What about me, if I’ll move to new apartment, I’ll abandon old things and furniture the same way. And it will be better (at least for my own back) than move things out to refuse bin.

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  10. They sure abandoned the place in a hurry. There’s laundry still hanging in some of the balconies. What the heck? Did they get a 60 minute notice before the bulldozers come or what? And why did they forget to take their photographs? Are the people that cold and greedy for new housing or determined to abandon their past?

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  11. Once I saw a issue in National Geographic about abandoned villages and small cities in North Caroline. It quite reminds me of that. It was scarry.

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  12. Could this apartment be a crime scene? It seems that there might be some blood on the floor in picture 8 and that spot on the wall in picture 7, could it be from a gunshot victim? I don’t want to seem gruesome but it was just a thought?

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  13. The rush is because between people’s movement and building’s demolition such houses are usually being occupied by bums and illegal immigrants. They don’t care about anything, often cook on open fire inside that flats etc. When I was a boy, there was an old house. I remember it stayed abandon for 5 years or even more, fires were usual there. In 2001 me and my family moved from such house, we didn’t privatise our old flat and received good 3 bedroom flat as sanitary rules require instead of 2 bedroom flat that we should receive if our flat was privatised. It’s also cheaper to pay for government’s flat than for the privatised so it’s not so bad as you think.

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  14. WTF happened there?… This is the creepiest pics of russia. I see personal things left behind, stains that look suspiciously like blood,coins, WTF?… I would have thought it fake but outside pics of balconies and windows say its not….. what happened to the people? These people did not leave because they chose to… I’ve heard of organized criminals that claim to be legit use private soldiers to clear areas of people to make room for redevelopment for the new rich class in russia… If that’s what this is … I feel for the russian people… it’s madness …

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  15. And what the hell is it with the pairs of leather black gloves In a couple of the pics… Who leaves lether gloves behind in Russia. Immigrants and bums would not leave those behind, I dont see any fires and sure as hell dont see any long term abuse that one would see from squatters and bums…. this does not look right… hope I’m wrong.

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    • Well, you may imagine everything you want, but all of that things on the floor are just trash – people decided to left it here and don’t take it. People just moved into a new house – on the 7th shot there is clearly seen transportation company’s ad.

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    • Also look at the 5th shot – do you see sparks fly? Now look at the 6th shot – there is no railings. Somebody on the 5th shot detached them with circular saw, workers or raiders possibly.

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  16. You know I’ve seen this in South Dakota and North Dakota completely abandoned places… I’ve seen farms and schools like that or.. a minor town… but the photo sorta got me there…. because I’ve been to places in ND like a house with a coffee pot on the counter with coffee ready to put in… its like they said screw it and left.. cloths still in on the hangers…. food in the fridge… some wacky stuff you can find… weird too being in america…

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  17. Surely Interesting.
    But maybe not.
    It looks to me like a bad drug deal or some other crime gone bad. I’m guessing when I look at the photos that someone came in and killed the entire family. You can see blood on the floors and splattered on the walls and doors.Whoever this guy’s family was, I think he probably screwed the wrong people.
    Would love to hear more facts about this.

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