Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

One of the most secret Soviet objects was closed by a decree of Boris Yeltsin twenty-three years ago. It was situated in a remote region of the country that used to be huge – on the island in the center of the Aral Sea.

The island had a complex that was used for creation and testing one of the most barbaric weapons – biological ones. Many years are gone as well as the Aral Sea and the island… but that ground is still there as a ghost.

A Kazakh journalist and blogger Grogoriy Bedenko shared unique materials from his own archive uncovering the phenomenon of object “Aralsk-7”.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Here’s one of the most popular photos of the ground on Vozrozhdeniya Island taken by an American recon satellite KH-9.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

This is how the Aral Sea looked like in the 1960s. The red arrow points Vozrozhdeniya Island, its area was 260 square kilometers then, it was isolated from any life by the large size of the sea.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Today it looks different: practically no water and no island. The white line is the border of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

There is only a small strait between Vozrozhdeniya Island in the south and Kulandy peninsular in the north.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Big water remains only in the north – just because of the construction of the Kokaral Dike.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

And this is where Kantubek village and “Aralsk-7” object is located.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

The ground is marked with a star, in fact it’s a unique field airdrome built from four concrete strips. It allowed aircraft to land in any weather conditions.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

The ground consisted of three main zones – 1 – airdrome, 2 – dwelling zone, 3 – remote and enclosed laboratory zone.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

The concrete slabs have been removed from all the strips.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Some of them are neatly piled aside. The island didn’t avoid theft by looters.   A lot of valuables have been taken away from there.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Administrative and dwelling zone. The buildings are dilapidated.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

1 – soldiers’ barracks and headquaters; 2 – dwelling zone for officers and their families.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Boiler houses. The laboratory complex required much steam to maintain operation of autoclaves for equipment sterilization. And as you can imagine, there were no sources of drinking water on the island, it was brought there by special barges.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Half-ruined laboratory zone. Being two kilometers away from the administration building it was protected by several lines of barbed wire.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Three-storey building of the main laboratory. The most hazardous experiments with biological weapons were done here.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

The way to the ground starts at the former peninsular Kulandy that has a large aul and a farm for breeding horses and camels.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Some experiments of the secret lab were carried out on horses supplied by this very farm.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Vozrozhdeniya Island and the pier for vessels delivering fresh water and other cargo.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Today the ground belongs to two independent states – Kazakhstan (pier and support base) and Uzbekistan (airdrome, administrative zone and the lab).

Looters were stealing from the neighboring state and never were punished. At that time (since 1992) the ground was not guarded at all.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Military ships protected the ground.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Patrol boat of project T-368 built in 1973.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

The barge that used to deliver fresh water.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Administrative zone.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

The strange structure with a complicated ventilation system.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Compressor remains.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

This house was built in 1963.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

This was an officers’ club and a movie theater.

In fact the story of the ground began back in the 1930s with the arrival of an expedition under the lead of a famous Russian bacteriologist Ivan Velikanov. He came to find out if bubonic plague could be used as a weapon. However professor Velikanov was arrested in 1937 by NKVD, his research was sustained until the beginning of the сold war.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Communication center.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Hospital.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Entry to the dwelling zone.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Kindergarten.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Dwelling zone. The houses built from silex bricks are preserved better than others.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

The view of the administrative zone: we can see barracks and the headquaters.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Administrative zone.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

In the late 70s – early 80s the population of the island grew to 1,500 people. They could have a comfortable living here.

In 1972 the Soviet Union joined the so-called “Covenant of Nixon” – an international document forbidding development, research and testing any kinds of mass destruction weapons. However neither the U.S. nor the USSR stopped the research.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

The stool on the balcony of an officer’s flat.

1992 was a terrific year for those who lived here, the evacuation was carried out so fast they had to leave all valuable stuff on the island – furniture, washing machines, TV sets, refridgerators etc. Probably the people were promised they would come back but it never happened.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Underground in the lab complex.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

They used to have three taps – with cold and hot water and the third one – with a disinfectant.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Blasting chambers. Here they infected test animals with a biological sprayed agent and watched what was happening.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

The blasting chambers are located on the second floor of the complex behind the heavy hermetic doors.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

The room with no windows.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

The chamber made in 1974 intended for work with radioactive materials.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

The window for passing through the materials.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Here they probably packed biological weapons.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

This one is especially interesting!

It says “Hazard! T -37, T +27”. According to specialists the temperature of -37C is optimal for storage of bubonic plague strains, while +27C – is the best for anthrax.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Decontamination center for men.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

They were leaving so fast that forgot to remove the surnames of those people who were responsible for particular sections.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

“Hazardous! Do not enter!”

We can only guess what was burnt here in the furnace…

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Those soldiers who demobilized in 1990 are 46 today.. Probably they could tell enough about this place but signed a life-long pledge of secrecy…

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

The room for experiments – everything is painted the unpleasant green color.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

The lab complex inside.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

And this is how it looks from outside.

In the period from 1995 to 1998 Vozrozhdeniya Island was visited by Americans whose purpose was to collect the maximum possible amount of samples from the island. The U.S. paid $6 million dollars to Uzbekistan for the visit.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Anthrax agent.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

SARS.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Bird flu.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

Ebola.

Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea

God bless you!

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4 thoughts on “Highly Secret Soviet Object In The Center of the Aral Sea”

  1. The U.S paid millions of dollars to go there and collect any remaining samples, as late as 1998? It’s funny how they denounce the use of chemical weapons, when it’s obvious they are researching it themselves.

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    • Well, yeah, it’s no big secret they do. You have to research WMDs to defend against them. Your enemies invest in chemical warfare, you invest in gas mask research. They research nerve toxins, you invest in antiagents. Threat/counter-action isn’t hard to understand.

      Besides, even if the U.S. kept up research into offensive chemical/biological weapons, it’s nowhere near what the the Soviets invested in it (in secret, despite signing agreements not to).

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