Slavutich is located on the territory of the Chernigov region of Ukraine. It owes its existence to the technological disaster of Chernobyl. Slavutich was the youngest Soviet city built to receive those who were evacuated from Pripyat.
Such a half-finished monstrous hotel met everyone who came here. It would be more typical for the dead city of Pripyat…
Many workers of the NPP still live in Slavutich and go to work every day by electric trains.
The decision to build the city that would receive at least some part of the citizens of Pripyat was made in October, 1986, half a year after the catastrophe. It was being built by about 120 construction and engineering companies of eight Soviet republics.
The city was growing very fast right in the middle of the pinery. First citizens of Pripyat got their apartments in new houses of Slavutich already in a year and a half after the construction beginning.
There were a lot of young people who came to Slavutich. Finally the city had 8000 children. Hundereds of families from other regions of the Soviet Union joined them. Despite the tragedy undergone just recently Slavutich was being built with optimism, it was the city of youth and international friendship. Today people of forty different nationalities still live in Slavutich, it still has one of the highest levels of fertility and one of the lowest lethal levels.
The city administration and the concert hall.
Trade and service complex.
The House of Children’s creativity and the school of children’s arts.
“Minsk”, yes, Belarus also contributed to the city construction.
The monument built for the 25th anniversary of the city.
Those who come to Slavutich have a unique chance to see structures of the eight Soviet republics for a couple of hours.
This quarter was built by Estonia, so it is called the quarter of Tallinn.
Even these knights at the entry to the cafe look quite Estonian. The attentive observer will notice other elements typical for the country.
About 80% of the city population live in multistorey houses. From the very beginning there was enough space for everyone. So it was not necessary to artificially increase the height of the houses, most of them have five storeys.
This is how looks an Estonian quarter without Schengen visas and Finnish tourists.
In couple of minutes we enter the territory of Latvia: neat houses, fruit trees, green grass, no hotbeds or potato fields. It really looks like Latvia, but we are still in Ukraine.
Here we can see some townhouses, a lot of pines, breathe pure air.
In numerous aspects Slavutich as an urban development project is better than Pripyat. It looks more western.
Five minutes more and we find ourselves in Lithuania, the quarter of Vilnius with its tiled roofs.
The narrow path “from Lithuania to Russia”.
These houses were built by the citizens of Belgorod.
However the Moscow and Leningrad quarters can slightly disappoint visitors of Slavutich – they are the most modest in the whole city. Not so typical for the capitals…
The sellers at the bank.
The Kiev quarter is closest to the station. It is the biggest in the city as it probably should be.
It has a sports complex and two-storey houses for two families.
But the citizens of Baku and Yerevan (sworn friends) probably built the most interesting quarters. They were competing with each other trying to show all the advantages of their architectural styles.
Armenians even brought tuff typical for their architecture from their homeland.
Wooden shutters are typical for this quarter.
The individual sector: Armenian and Azerbaijani builders worked next to each other and didn’t expect that their countries would start fighting in a couple of years.
The monument in the Yerevan of Slavutich. People can make barbecue right here.
The house of the Baku quarter.
And here’s finally the quarter of Tbilisi.
When the NPP stopped functioning in December, 2000 many citizens of Slavutich came across the problems of unemployment and economic depression.
The Ukranian government took some measures to change this situation somehow but many young people start leaving the city in attempts to find a better life.
Up to date 3000 citizens have already left the city, even the biggest number have to go to work to the nearest regional centres – Chernigov or Kiev.
The population of Slavutich is slowly becoming older, and the future of the city becomes more and more uncertain just the way it happened with Pripyat. Of course, it won’t have the same destiny but it will always exist nearby.
Today it seems that the shadow of a ghost city Pripyat is finally covering the garden city of the Soviet Union.