Research Institute-4 or military unit 25840 is located 25 km from the Moscow Kremlin in Yubileiny, the Moscow region. Once here was a flight control centre from where they were watching the flights of the first Earth satellites and the flight of Yuri Gagarin. The flight control centre was moved not far, to Korolev, and in the 1960s the instituted started performing other tasks: mainly at requests of strategic rocket forces. In fact all the city Yubileiny was built to provide the employees of this institute. In the 1990s it lost its status of “a close military city” and military men started to occupy empty laboratory buildings of the institute.
Let’s see how officers’ families live. Journalists, bloggers, press office of RF Ministry of Defense do not come here and do not show how live those who work for the Russian space-rocket field.
Building 15. The former typography. Now it is a dormitory for officers’ families. It’s been here for 5 years.
The corridor inside the building
Electricity if often off due to power supply overload.
Water supply comes from fire hydrants…
One of the rooms. Seems the family has been given an apartment…
Sewage pipes under the ceiling
Handmade kitchen extractor
Water in the dormitory is unfit for drinking, so they use such filters
The ceilings are 3.60 m high so many rooms are made in two tiers. 2 meters – the first floor and about 1.50 – the second one that is often used for a children’s room.
The advertisement is 2 years old…
The unit command is trying to blaim the dormitory dwellers for poor fire safety.
The family of the building superintendent lives here.
Officers clean the yard from old leaves. They do not like photographers here. Almost all of them are standing in the line for “better housing conditions” and some reckless photo or interview may put them in the end of the list or simply fire with no chances to get any dwelling. There are other ways to make people keep silent. Opening a criminal case, for example…
One of the abandoned lab buildings
Resting with a family after work.
Former barrack of the combat support equipment company
Slowly decaying barrack
Abandoned canteen, last year it still worked.
The barrack today is the place for kids to play at.
Shabby soldiers’ bathhouse
Shooting area all in grass
Building 14. They used to test rocket engines here.
This building complex is called “balls”
House keeping time table for those who have strollers
“In Russia everyone is important!” Really?
Trees grow on the roof of another abandoned building.
The dwellers often receive various directions to keep the dormitories in good condition. Why not just settle them to new places?
“Do not steal! The government doesn’t like competitors”
“Get in here”
Movie studio building of the Ministry of Defense is not used anymore
“Movie studio of the Moscow Region of the RF”
Dwelling building 107
People do what they can to make the living conditions better…
Order to participate in the day of unpaid work. Attendance is necessary
Barbecue after the workday
The wanted to give this house for settlement too.
Incomplete complex “Forest crown”.
Not everything is so bad – here’s a building where the unit command lives, for example.