139 thoughts on “Kadykchan. The City of Broken Dreams”

  1. This is Magadan region. I was born over there but in another settlement. Such crisis situation in area is reality. It’s a pity… 🙁

      • This settlement generally or Magadan region specifically? Near this settlement is coal production but area is gold production…

    • I agree that it is indeed a pity that such developments now stand abandoned. It is too bad that your road construction engineers don’t knock down the old concrete buildings and use the rubble in the new construction of highways and roads. Such material is excellent to re-cycle. It could also be used as a fill-in in ravines and ditches to prevent further erosion. Sometimes it is used in building concrete piers or to use as a foundation when building roads and bridges over water. It is a shame to allow those abandoned buildings to stand as they are when so many other applications could be used to build good and practical things.
      –Danny Greene

    • Why is this a pity? The Magadan region is arguably the most miserable place on earth – a vast wasteland built by and for slaves. Completely isolated from even Siberia and the Russian Far East, with winter lasting 10 months our of the year, and locals even referring to Russia/Siberia as “the mainland”. Anyone notice the sign that said “Work schedule 10am-10pm, Break 3-4PM. NO Holidays”? After USSR collapse, anyone who could leave, left. The government is now trying to move and evacuate the few remaining residents of hellholes like this one.

      • 10am-8pm, one hour break, 7 days a weak, it’s a minimart, what’s horrible in it? ))

        BTW, from evenkian (local language) name of this place is translated as ‘death valley’.

        Locals were evacuated in few days after central heating system was blowed up by frost (as it is said here: http://fishki.net/comment.php?id=8093)

    • You are right it is in the Magadan region. The town is situated on the Kolyma highway,90 kilometres from the town of Susuman.It is about 700 kms from Magadan itself. The Kolyma highway is also known as the Road of Bones due to the ammount of people who died in it’s construction. These towns are expensive to keep running and the government wants people to return to the “mainland”. I travelled along the Belarus side of the Russian border this summer and there are numerous smaller villages just left to rot away. It’s sad but makes for fascinating photos.

  2. If I not mistaken this city situated somewhere in Magadan region, isn`t it? I think so because of old car numbers on Zaporojets was with “MA” letters…

  3. Terrible and sad! Kind of a time capsule.

    FYI:

    pic 5 says “Restaurant”

    on pic 4 you may notice typical outdoor propaganda item – hammer&sickle and “Slava (Glory)… [to something]”. Maybe “… trudu”, i. e. “Glory to the labour”, typical slogan. Reminds of “Arbeit macht frei”

    Pic 8 says “50 years to October”, i.e. 50 years since the Bolshevik October coup /revolution, 1917+50=1967.

    Pic 16 – Old Soviet Union. Bizzare. The Evil Empire. Thanks God it is gone for good. Hopefully.

    Pic 27. I know this piece of stereo equipment. It was very good for its time, unusually good for a Soviet product. Real Hi-Fi. Quite expensive. Few had it. Although it was kinda delayed development, launched into production in time when tape recorders already were taking over.

    Pic 20. Very touching. Books. “Kosmonavtika segonya i zavtra” – “Astronautics today and tomorrow”. The Bright Future which was always promised by the Party and which eventually never came true. Shuttered dreams.

    • Serious question…

      Why do you consider the Soviet Empire evil? Was it Lenin or Stalin? Was it corruption?

      It is a shame that such an infrastructure was built and it all failed. What a waste.

      • If your family or loved ones would be victims to the totalitarian regime for close to no reason, you would not be so concerned with the infrastructure.

        Besides, unimaginably vast areas were simply ruined with overindustrialisation, with absolutely no concerns about the effects to the environment.

      • The USSR was evil because an old cowboy film actor called it evil twenty-odd years ago. Old cowboy film actors are famously good at such judgements.

        What I want to know is: what about the evil of the American empire?

          • ALL empires are evil, and as ten thousand years of history shows, ALL empires COLLAPSE.
            Latest news from America, Scooter Libby tells press:
            “We’re an empire now!”
            http://antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=3822
            ———-
            “In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn’t like about Bush’s former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House’s displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn’t fully comprehend – but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

            “The aide (Libby) said that guys like me were ‘in what we call the reality-based community,’ which he defined as people who ‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.’ I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ‘That’s not the way the world really works anymore,’ he continued. ‘We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'”
            ——————
            It won’t be long now…USA will follow Soviet Union into the abyss.

            • You’re totally right. We never ever had anything against you in the 40’s thru the 90’s. We are all working class People in Russia or America, we all like to drink, have fun, and eat Beets or whatever to survive, or have a Dacha for fun. We’re on your side 100%, let us all join together whether Chinese, mongolian, or arab and form a block, inpenetratable to lawyers and people opposed to our goals. Everyone has wonderful places to have fun in, and we should accentuate those demands. Especially you in the far north!I would be wearing a seal or polar bear parka if I was living in way below zero weather! Hope to hear from you soon comrade!

        • The old cowboy is dead and so is this town but the dead cowboys tragic legacy will have far more reprocussions than this town, even if the town was a mistake. The reagan administrations scripted comments conspired to ruin someone’s future and the conspirators are giddy at the sight of these abondoned lives.

      • Soviet Union could have been good, but wasn’t. Not the failure of communism, but the failure of humans.

        A friend of mine once said “the difference between communism and capitalism is that communism is very optimistic– it assumes the best about humans: working together, sharing, etc. Capitalism assumes the worst about humanity, that people will always be selfish and trying to compete with each other, and the economic system is designed to have the competition create some kind of equilibrium.

          • Yeah, like there are any truly capitalist societies anywhere. I hate to break it to you, but most of the successful nations (Sweden, US, etc) are a hybrid.

          • “So that socialism can take credit for successes, and blame capitalism for failures? No, thanks.”

            That comment sums up sweden allright…

          • The scandinavian model is a repressive nightmare and has no lack of similarities with communism.
            This sums up quite nicely what it is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jante_Law

            • Rubbish!
              “Jantelagen” refers to the Scandinavian mindset rather than our socialist/liberal system.
              Being Scandinavian (Swedish I presume considering your name) you ought to know that

        • Well put.

          Communism / marxism is indeed overlooking the human psyche. People are motivated by competition in general. Take it away and you get a sorry lot. People get lazy and start cutting corners. Most people don’t work for the fun of it, but to be able to buy something they desire. Money = power. Power = sex appeal. Etc..

          USSR replaced it with a severe nationalism which still exists today. You are working for your country !! Us against them ! But no-one cares about that. It’s too abstract. People want decent food on their tables to start with.

          The corruption of the elite was topping it off. The old classes were replaced by a similar system, in fact.

          A great movie I saw recently gives a nice view on what it was like to live in a society like that.

          It’s German and is set in the former DDR, 1984. Title: The lives of the others / Das Leben der Anderen. Highly recommended. On DVD everywhere.

          • Agree.

            And, one can say that the USSR Communist system was stillborn.

            The only way to make it work more or less reasonable well was terror, as Stalin proved it. As soon as terror was basically gone, the decline started and ended up with the complete collapse in 1991.

            Everyone was sick of the system, even Party members, so no one was really sorry when USSR died.

            Now in Russia there on a raise a tendency to glorify USSR and Soviets, but that is something to do with the hurt nationalistic pride of the Russians, nothing else. Serious mistake on their side. I cannot imagine modern Germany to glorify the achievement of the Third Reich, even though Americans used their technology to land on the Moon.

      • It was evil in many ways.

        The harshest was the inhumane, what sometimes is called “technocratic” attitude to people, i.e. treating humans as not humans at all but sooner pawns on a game board, as machines as inanimate objects.

        People were told what to do, what to believe, what to THINK. Anyone (or , let’s be precise, very many) who was not complying was PHISICALLY REMOVED. You could be exterminated not only for disagreeing with the regime, but just for SUSPICION that you could be disagreeing. Or you could be even a loyal party member, but you could exterminated for fitting into some fake conspiracy theory scheme – the regime’s (mainly Stalin’s) hunt for imaginary enemies.

        Well, Bolsheviks did not have gas chambers, they were not that sophisticated. They just put bullet in back of your head or sent you to Arctic “labour” camps, where temperature dropped down to -40C or. And people delivered there sometimes were dressed just in a suit and ball shoes. After war, to Uranium mines were popular.

        People believe that Nazis and Hitler were evil. Yes they were. Ans Bolsheviks and Stalin were evil no less. In absolute numbers they even KILLED MORE people than Nazis.

        Here I basically talk about time from 1917 till Stalin’s death.

        This would ONE OF moral points.

        There are many of other, more practical points.

        I am from Latvia and our country right before WWII in 1940 was taken over by Stalin and Bolshevik rule was established. Thousands of people were either killed or caught and sent to the camps in USSR.

        Latvian Republic, which was a new European country, liberal, flourishing and developing (it was 4th largest butter exporter in Europe and 6th in the World; Minox – superminiature photo camera, high-tech of the time, was produced in Riga; luxary VEF radio sets, which at the time were what wide HDTV sets are now were produced and got several GrandPrix in Paris in late 1930-ies; etc. ) was brutally DESTROYED. Practically EVERY of Latvian families have someone of their close relatives either killed or suffered “labour camp” time or been on forced exile somewhere in remote locations of Russia. Women, children, old people were caught and carried away by Soviets in thousands, and many of them died, many more had their lives ruined.

        And there are many more serious reasons. Infrastructure etc. – those are minor issues, while still count.

        So there is something to consider USSR to be Evil Empire for, indeed.

      • A curious detail.

        Similarities between a prison camp and the USSR:

        – both had barbed wire fences around them, sometimes multiple and electrified. not to keep people out, but to keep people in.

        – in both places you needed to receive a written permission to leave and it was hard to get.

        – in both places people in there get many things for free and they are distributed more or less equally.

        …etc.

        • That’s one evil site…

          “According to the 2000 US census, 88% of Detroit’s population is non-White. This percentage is even higher in the city center. Detroit qualifies as the most ruined city in the USA”

          So now you’re blaming the black population? Sounds a lot like Germany in the late 30’s.

      • – Maybe because of the millions upon millions of dead?

        It served it’s purpose (the town I mean) now it’s abandoned. S*** happens. It is probably too far from anywhere for the rubble to be usefully recycled, the land is not needed for something else, there is no-one to wander in and hurt themselves and sue, so really is it not the best, most economic option just to let it rot on its own pace? That way at least you get to photograph it… Would make an ace filming site. Anyone making a war film needing a set?

    • You are mistaken. The soviet people proved many times that their system was superior in many aspects of life. Education, health, insurance, space exploration, overall production. The end of the Soviet Union, as a result of the plan laid by the global imperialist forces and the cooperation they had from the Soviet traitors, has nothing to do with the superiority of the system. We talk about an economy that plans and works are for the people, not for a gang of monstrous corporations.

      Nobody says that Soviet Union was mistake-free, after all it was a state led by humans, and it’s in the nature of humans to make mistakes and learn from them.

      The bright future will come, eventualy. It is the only way humanity will survive. Either a global socialist system, or we will end up living in caves.

      • You are indeed very optimistic. Or living on a cloud.

        Yes the good things were that life was very organised in many ways: education, health care, it was there and it was good.

        At the same time: they were able to send satellites into orbit and develop sophisticated arms, but a working infrastructure, a frying pan that won’t stick, simple everyday things for the ordinary people, no. The ruling class [nomenklatura] decided what was done and when, not the people. So a term like peoples-republic is false: the people had no vote in this at all. The State was God and you were but an ant under its foot. It still is like that. Democracy is associated with chaos in todays Russia, because in Russia democracy IS chaos. No-one calls it democracy outside the russian borders.

        BTW, Soviet Russia was as imperialistic as its ‘enemies’: the big difference was that they only took countries bordering on the old Mother Russia. All those Asian states i.e., Uzbekistan, Tuva, Kazakhstan, etc. were occupied by the Russians and milked dry.

        • I want to say thanks for everyones input. I am obviously a westerner. It is hard for me to wrap my head around how brutal Lenin and Stalin were and how oppressive the whole system they put in place was. I really want to understand the USSR from the perspective of people who lived within the republics. My comment about the waste of infrastructure was not intended to overshadow the fact that many people worked liked slaves and died so that it could exist. I can see where it would be easy for someone from the west to look at the propaganda on this site and not wish for a system that “appeared” to work as well as the USSR.

          I am curious to know about how the leadership of the USSR looked at religious freedoms.

          • I have experienced last about 20 years of Soviet existence.

            In that period, I would say, the attitude was rather tolerant. The regime had softened and was not the Hell it used to be in Stalin’s period. Now it was just poor, oppressive and pathetic, though nobody expected it to fall.

            Theoretically in USSR there was a freedom of religion.

            The Church or, say, Churches – Catholic, Protestant, Russian orthodox, in European part of USSR, seemed to have concluded kind of a co-existence pact with the Party. I.e. the Party will not touch the Church, and vice versa.

            Still, the church was generally ridiculed by official propaganda. The religion was viewed, as Lenin had put it once, only as an “opium for the people”, historically used by “imperialists” to control masses.

            If you were religious – you could not be Communist. If you were not Communist – you could not be (generally) any kind of manager. So, you had to choose between your God and you carrier. So sometimes people usually did what was normal in Soviet system – they thought one thing and did something completely other. A person could be (or pretend to be, which often was the case – this is why USSR collapsed so quickly and easily) belligerent Communist, some manager in local administration, forbidding others to attend church at weekends, while keeping Bible and icons in his wardrobe.

            It was if not explicitly forbidden then at least “strongly not recommended” to follow any Easter or Christmas traditions. The New Year celebration on 1st of January had replaced Christmas and Easter was gone.

            Sometimes Communist activists and/or various managers from workplaces and schools would go to the church to watch and make notes of those who attended. The children who were caught in church at Christmas were later ridiculed in school in front of their classes as being backward.

            People still used to buy Christmas trees before 24th of December. Only they tried to stay unnoticed. In my family I was forbidden to tell anyone that we celebrate Christmas. When we lit the color lights on our Christmas tree we pulled the blinds so that no one from the street could see us doing it.

            Many church buildings, which were taken away by Soviets till Stalin’s death and used as warehouses, for example, were given back only after the fall of the USSR. So it was usual until then to see obvious church building with windows boarded over and crosses cut off, with bags of cement or potato stored inside.

            • Your response was another reminder of how Americans take their freedoms for granted. I would say that most Americans can’t fathom the events that have taken place on this earth. High school world history classes are really watered down history and it is probably the only history lesson most Americans receive(besides biased news broadcasts). Put it this way, my world history class was taught by one of the football(American) coaches. We watched lame videos most of the time. No one took it seriously, even myself. My eyes were opened to the fact that Americans aren’t the only people on earth the first time I left the country. I thank God for that experience. It changed my life. I all to often here people make ignorant comments like “We should just nuke Iraq and be done with it.” These types of comments pain me. They haven’t considered the fact there are families there like their own who are just trying to survive. I have met good people from all over the world and I have learned a lot from them. Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences.

              • I have a reading recommendation for you.

                The books of Vasili Grossman, who was the number one war reporter in WWII on the Russian side. He was a true patriot and idealist, but lost his faith in communism after the war, when the cruelty of Stalin became more and more clear. Check Wikipedia for more on his background:

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasily_Grossman

                He wrote some remarkable books, the most well known being Life and Fate, which has been compared to Tolstoi’s War and Peace. It is based partly on his own life and the lives of those he knew. The background is the totalitarian state Russia was at that time.

                Forever Flowing is a good introduction to his work and his way of writing. It is a small volume, whereas Life and Fate is massive.

                Both books were considered a threat to the totalitarian regime, and the dissident writer was effectively transformed into a nonperson. Forever Flowing, in particular, is unique in its quiet, unforced, and yet horrifying condemnation of the Soviet totalitarian state, a work in which Grossman, liberated from worries about censors, spoke honestly about Soviet history.

              • oh, yes. 🙂 people take many things for granted and get used to good life very quickly.

                freedom, love, well-being – we believe it is natural for them to be there and don’t even notice them until they are gone.

                after all, Germany was one of the most advanced places in the world both technologically and culturally in the beginning of the 20th century. and suddenly they had Nazis. the freedom was gone. so, it really can happen. to everyone. to you, to me. somehow I am always amused by Russians being sure that it can not happen to THEM, just because they did beat Germans in WWII.

                I have noticed, that people in general, in all parts of the world, are rather not interested in history. I guess they find it boring and irrelevant. they think – what is gone is gone for good and what sense in knowing about it then. but that it one very serious mistake. why? if we consider mankind and our world as a system, the history is a log of system behavior symptoms. and systems analysis tells us that certain processes have cyclic nature and/or certain things are normal system reaction to the initial set of parameters. especially if there is inheritance.

                due to obvious reasons I am rather interested in the end of 1930-ies / beginning of 1940-ies period and it send shrills down my spine when digging in old newspapers in library I more and more often see parallels of the events and processes in the end of 1930-ies USSR and Third Reich and today’s Russia and its neighbors.

                the things Russian officials say have already been said before; the approaches they use in asserting influence have been used before only under different slogans; the events we watch on TV sometimes are so similar to the provocations carried out by both Soviets and Nazis before war to promote their plans. it all has happened before.

                it is not only Americans who are not interested in history, so are almost everyone I have met from Western Europe. they don’t know and they don’t care. Russians, in contrary, often think that they do know and do care, but in fact what they stick to is a set of cliches, and not a history at all. a mythology. purely fictional, falsified things mixed with glorified partial truths. and the Holy Mission of Great Russia uber alles.

                who controls present controls the past. who controls past, controls the future. something like that…

                I believe that an average Russian does not really have a clear picture of the world. the image in their minds is rather twisted. there is still, again, and more and more US vs THEM. holy Mother Russia against the ugly Evil West. the clash of civilizations, that’ s what it is.

                I guess if we would live 200 or 300 years we might much better understand human beings, the motivation behind their actions, behind the movements in the masses. or may be not.

                • well said talking beaver. I came to USA from Czechoslovakia in 1981 and agree with you completely. Nobody here knows the oppression and the ways goverment can control your life.
                  Can’t write English that well, so I’ll leave it here.

                • Talkin Beaver, the question that is constantly in my mind is this one:

                  “Are humans smarter than yeast?”

      • Although I love Russia, capitalism is foundamentally superior. And as for our futur, I believe we will live just like in Star Trek.

      • Doesn’t matter, anyway. I have figured out that except from being an anticommunist you are also a troll. Come on, show us your real face… I am a communist, hoping that humanity some day will be united, free from exploitation, inequalities and minor things like the millions of dead infants from starvation. What are you?
        Learn from mistakes, you say? Of course we learn from mistakes. Next time we will do it better. Before the winning of the 1917 revolution, there were failed attempts, know that? Have you heard of the 1905, or Paris Commune?

        Keep swearing.

        • “I am a communist, hoping that humanity some day will be united, free from … minor things like the millions of dead infants from starvation.”

          This just caught my eye… LMAO. Check this:
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holodomor
          And search for pics in the web about holodomor… Do you think that there were no kids (or people at all) dying from starvation in the CCCP?

      • Not a good thing considering you’re in Siberia (northern continental climate) and that USSR-era distribution lines won’t handle electric heaters. You could of course chop down trees and burn them in the furnace-don’t know why the people there didn’t think of it.

        • Metal gets brittle and you can break screwdriver like a pen. Diesel fuel becomes rubber-like jelly and you can cut it with scissors.
          By the way, Magadan is one of the GULAG places, as much as I remember.

  4. no industry – no jobs – workers leave – no consumers anymore, accomodations leave (restaurants for example) – more people leave – administration leave (maybe they were the first to leave …

    still, amazing !
    i love ghost towns, even if it may be scary … 😉

  5. Wow! A place where we can ship all the illegal aliens from the United States!

    They will have this town cleaned up and say it is part of Mexico before you know it!

    • LOL…Your probably right! But the Russians would know Spanish because they would refuse to learn Russian.. Also you can pay for their education in their language, give them free medical services which you can not get, and give them your job at a cheaper price.. At least you can retire early…

  6. I think places like this should be rented out to huge film companies.They would make fantastic,atmospheric backdrops,and the local communities could claw back some money to invest in settlements that still thrive.Failing that,a great big community of love with you guys sounds great….

  7. Hey there are about thousand of look like cities in the World,
    most of them are located in USA and Canada
    If someone have pictures of it please place the link here

  8. I’d move there and squat in those buildings, but it’s in the middle of Siberia, would have to bring generators, windmills, and probably not good farming, etc.

    Plus the groundwater is probably polluted if there was gold mining nearby.

      • Not really-people probably just abandoned their Soviet-style property-nothing new was built (obviously). Also don’t forget that Russia 1992-1994 looked very similar to the USSR.

    • In 1996 there was a mining accident in which 6 people died. But the mining was already in decline since the end of the USSR (in 1986 it had over 10,000 and in 1989 less then 5,800 inhabitants), just like in almost all other places on the Kolyma Highway (also called “the road of bones” for the fate of the many Gulag prisoners which died building it). Of over 70 places in the future only 3 will remain. Already since the accident, when it was decided to close the mine, the place was emptying itself. But when later the basic life support systems fell out (the boiler which provided heat for the buildings and the water pipes) the place started getting empty real quick. In 2003 there lived just 470 people, but I guess these have almost all left now.

      Anyway “Kadykchan” means “valley of death” on Evenk language. Perhaps then they meant a graveyard, but now it is a valley of dead buildings. But at least it did not suffer the fate of Khalmer-Yu (northeast of Vorkuta), of which the population was forcely removed by OMON troops and which is now a closed testsite for rockets and I heard that probably even the big bomb which was lately tested, was tested there.

  9. Declining populations/migration is a problem in Russia now. I know someone who lives in a city (that was built for the mining industry), and every year thousands leave. Right now there’s few people left, and the person is planning on moving out. It’s going to be another abandoned city.
    Things like this are unheard of in the US-people move in based on their occupation/housing budget/preference/etc. and the population is growing at steady rate in almost all cities/towns.

  10. These photographs remind me of a visit to the North of England in the 1980’s. Only these photographs are a little more picturesque.

    • This is what happens when you move to Capitalism from Communism. In communism you can keep a mining town going in the middle of nowhere because you don’t know how much it costs to keep the place running. The food, fuel and infrastructure are shipped there and the gold and mined minerals come back and nobody knows how much any of it costs.

      When capitalism comes it turns out that the place costs 10x the amount to run in food, fuel and wages, as the mining production is valued at. That, and nobody wants to live there anyway. So you might as well just pay everyone to leave because it will be cheaper than keeping the mines running.

  11. Those pics come from this site:
    http://kadykchan.narod.ru/

    More pictures, from the past and current, in the photo-album:
    http://kadykchan.narod.ru/indexphoto.html

  12. GET OUT OF HERE S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

    Sorry, reminds me too much of “The Zone”. This area would be good for military training, though, or even airsoft… looks like it’d be fun to “battle” in…

  13. It’s approximately the same distance from Chernobyl as it is from Denver, Colorado.

    The USSR spanned from central Europe to Alaska.
    That’s almost half the Earth’s width.
    The area was greater than three times the size of the USA. (If you don’t count Alaska.)
    Mainland “Western Europe” looks like a little dot on the map in comparison.

  14. Is it true that there are hundreds of buildings in Russia that were used in the production of consumables (shoes, clothes, military stuff, cars, etc) and the employees were badly treated at many of them ? (Going back to the Soviet Russia timeframe here.) The reason I ask is that I heard somewhere that there were western companies buying up some of those buildings, renovating them for their business yet people refused to work there becasue of the attrocities commited in past years.

    If that is the case then I can understand why there are these deserted towns/cities/buildings that no one will return to as there are just too many ghosts that haunt them. . .

    Thanks.
    – Matt

  15. CLEMENS FORRELL: a german soldier sent to forced labour camps escaped through Siberia. 3 years later crosses the border in Iran. I am trying to follow his steps. Any info about him will be greatly appreciate.

    • he is only the character in a series. see here:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clemens_Forell

      real guy: Cornelius Rost (1922-1983)

  16. There is a book called “The long voyage back” which tells the story of such a journey, but I think it is a polish man who wrote it. He escaped from a labor camp and walked a long time all the way through Mongolia and back to Europe.

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  21. It’s still sad and fascinating to see abandoned cities and buildings. The idea that a city, however isolated, had been left so quickly that cars and posters and books and stereos and magazines were left behind makes you wonder.

    And yes, we’re aware of the history, even if it’s just in general terms. We’re just reacting to the ghosts of activities past.

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  23. It is I that found it troublig so much ignorance – in advance, there was no sich thing as “slave labor” in the URSS, because slave labour is not paid. In the CCCP times, even gulag workers earned the same salaries as everybody else. in fact, the Gulag system was a huge drain to soviet economy, and that was a mayor reason for it being abandoned. Get a real bibliography.

    Secondly, I don’t think places like that ought to be abandoned. ¡I would live with a small community there if I could! (even considering stunningly harsh conditions)

  24. Israel buying up land under new pipelinew to be built
    across northern Iraq, to deliver oil via Jordan into
    Israel.

    This is one of the three reasons the US invaded Iraq.

    The other was profits for the military industrial complex, which runs the US.

    The third reason? A base for attacking Iran

  25. There are many Russian’s, Ukraine. Bella Russians and others from that region living in the that I work with and all of them say they will never go back. My Great Parents left Belarus in 1905 to come to the USA because it was bad then. I have a friend that worked at Chernobyl and lived in Kiev when it blew. They said Kiev was locked down for 30 days the only they found out what was going on was American radio, his wife said the USSR doesn’t care about her children to hell with the USSR and they left and live a good free life here. Yes we have problems here but we also can get rid of the President every 4 years. Bush wasn’t the best but Obama is worse he so he will be gone in 2012 because we don’t want socialism here.
    It is up to the people of your countries to make it better and not the Government. The USA is a very young country compared to yours but look what it’s have done in its short life, look at how many American men and women have died to keep people free around the world. Americans are the most generous people in the world look today at Haiti. Remember American’s are from every Country in the world including yours and have worked together to make it Great.
    I like you have great pride in my Country so all the degrading on both sides don’t do any one any good.

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  34. Hi,

    The Russian Govt instead of letting Kadychan go waste, can hand the town to the Tibetans and we will ensure that some sort of development does take place. I mean it wont be lying abandoned…..

    But alas! I know that wont happen consedering the close relationship Russia has with China…..

    Kameng

  35. 当年沙俄拼命抢占中国的土地,而如今镜像确实这样悲惨,收复我的故土海参崴是我的追求!

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