Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Amderma had been one of the big Soviet fluorite deposits before WWII. After the war many more deposits were found and this one was closed. But instead it started to develop as a base for the Arctic region research. They built a bigger airport and in the 60s the new radar station P-70 Lena-M was constructed near the settlement whose population reached 15000 people then. Everything started to decay after the collapse of the USSR. Today the number of people living here is equal to 350 only…

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

One can get to Amderma only by plane An-24.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

That yellow building is the airport.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

There are plenty of empty tanks here, big and small, they were used for diesel fuel.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

High piles of metal scrap.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Some examples are rather interesting – some foreign crane or a wing of a plane. There is even a small cemetery of aircrafts here.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Like it is often done in the north, the houses are painted brightly.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Most of them are abandoned.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Amderma is situated in the permafrost zone so all buildings stand on piles. In summer the soil in many places becomes swampy.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Some of the houses were destructed by earth movement. They either collapsed or stand full of cracks.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Though some houses have been restored and painted. They have a kindergarten, two schools and a gym.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Monument to those locals who died in the time of the war.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Monument to the Mig-17.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

This one is assembled from metal sheets, it’s not real.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Soviet posters and slogans… (“Kindergarten”).

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Lenin St., 13.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Polyarnaya St., 13.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Polar station Amderma founded in 1933.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

The former weather station.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

The ruined industrial zone of Amderma – territory of the fluorite extracting company of the 80s.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Permafrost research laboratory. Closed, as you can see. Its equipment is still preserved but its mine was flooded and got frozen.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

There are many crawler vehicles in the settlement. The wheeled ones do not suit the place. When no vehicles can be used, they use deer.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

There are so many cats here! And some dogs can even drive! The biggest animal that can be met in Amderma is a polar bear.

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City

Does Amderma have future? Probably it does. It won’t be the military one, but sooner extracting. If the local oil and gas shelf starts to be developed, people will come back here and bring life back again.

via ralphmirebs

14 thoughts on “Post Soviet Existance of the Northern City”

  1. It is sad to see …. Mother Russia does not suffer fools ….easily …. still, soooo many dreams died in the service of a better good ….. sad…

  2. Thanks for this, raises contradicting, mixed feelings. It’s beautifully ugly if I can say so. This town has certainly moved Pripyat to 2nd place as the most depressing and melancholic place for me. Fair play to people who live there…

  3. Awesome! This why I love English Russia. The insight into things we didn’t know is better than The National Geographic. That photography is superb, the photographer did a great job. Would be interested in more commentary about the subjects.

  4. Very sad, best days are over. Why loose all that? For What? Slava to the old times, slava to the great Russia soul and, please, resist to the western poison.

  5. The “communism in Detroit” comment made me LOL.
    I love these great series like this. I like commentary direct-from-source, rather than filtered through layers of media. I want to hear about countries ‘from the horse’s mouth’, not some polished tourist piece. Love English Russia for bringing this view of our polar neighbours.

  6. Gorbachev managed to ruin the whole fucking country and nobody did anything. What a shameful time for Russia an ex-Soviet people. You could not organized one assasination that really matter life and death.

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