This former mining town may seem deserted at first sight. But it is a rather big workers’ settlement, not much alive, though. Well, the mines were closed, but people weren’t.
The workers’ village, called “Yubileiny” (meaning “Anniversary”) was built by a major coal mine.
In the 90s the mine complex became unprofitable and the closure process began.
In 1998 all the mines were closed and some people got flats in the neighboring towns, but those who didn’t already work in the mines were left with nothing.
Of course, nobody wanted to stay here: everyone, who had a possibility, went to live with their family or friends to any other place.
It was impossible to sell a flat here as there was no sense in bying it, one could just leave it.
Those who had their own houses were more lucky as they could buy cattle and live having a vegetable garden.
Electricity and gas were cut off and concrete boxes became totally useless.
It is very strange the tank still stays on the pedestal as the looters have taken everything they could from abandoned flats, including wooden doors and stair railing.
At present there are only five inhabited blocks of flats.
It resembles more wartime Chechnya than modern Russia.
Several years ago a political party reconstructed the school playground, that meant attaching this basketball hoop with its logo on it.
Money for a new school window the principal has got out of the enterprises working around.
The school looks nice inside, though.
Everyone leaves the village right after finishing the school – not to see dead buildings anymore.
This old man is not a tramp – he has a flat, but there is no work for him here.
This workmen’s town is called “Second Chechnya” as the buildings look like after a decent bombing.
One may fairly wonder whether there are more dogs than people here.
The only hope for the villagers is the possibility of creating a general regime colony in these places as it will give some work places – cleaners or cooks.
Neigboring mining town with a beautiful deserted miners’ club.
Only its ground floor is now occupied by the local organizations and authorities.