Ghost Town Under Moscow

Ghost Town Under Moscow

There are many abandoned cities in the world, one of the most notorious is Pripyat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Empty houses might be seen under Moscow as well. Russian “Pripyat” is situated fifteen minutes away from the Moscow Ring Road. Look at these pictures, this place is empty, no people live here.

Ghost Town Under Moscow

Apartment complex “Yuzhnoye (Southern) Domodedovo” is intended for twenty thousand residents. The construction began in 2011 and the first buildings had to get into service in 2013. That’s how it was promised. But they haven’t commissioned a single house.

Ghost Town Under Moscow

The sales office is abandoned too. It was occupied by sales people who lied to people that their houses would be put in service soon.

Ghost Town Under Moscow

Shells of the first houses had been built very quickly, it attracted money from citizens for further construction of twenty houses more. However they didn’t hurry to get the houses occupied. The complex required a boiler house to be built, but the home builder didn’t do this.

Ghost Town Under Moscow

Several years of non use and the houses started to dilapidate. Besides that, workers were not being paid. Sometimes, out of despair, they removed windows to sell and buy a ticket home.

Ghost Town Under Moscow

Plunderers have done their job.

Ghost Town Under Moscow

“New apartments! Come and buy yours cheaply!”

Ghost Town Under Moscow

Where are all the happy new settlers?

Ghost Town Under Moscow

Ghost Town Under Moscow

Looks very sad…

Ghost Town Under Moscow

Postapocalyptic landscape..

Ghost Town Under Moscow

They promised to build several kindergartens, this one is almost finished…

Ghost Town Under Moscow

Investors have probably addressed all sorts of authorities by now… They got countless promises, asked to make a proper choice at elections…

Ghost Town Under Moscow

The homebuilder is SU-155 company. The general number of its unfinished houses is ironically 155… 147 out of them are residential. Over 30 thousand people are waiting for new apartments. With their families taken into account it’s more than 100 thousand people. 1/5 of them all planned to live here, in Yuzhnoye Domodedovo.

Strangely enough, director of SU-155 and concurrently the deputy of the Moscow City Duma, is not in prison, but resting abroad. According to Forbes, his fortune is estimated at two billion USD.

Ghost Town Under Moscow

They promised to build a school. Even had a solemn ceremony, told about a governor’s program.

Ghost Town Under Moscow

But they finished at the stage of the foundation.

Ghost Town Under Moscow

The quality is horrible, by the way.

Ghost Town Under Moscow

One must be careful at construction sites!

Ghost Town Under Moscow

They still promise to finish some houses though, they have been even connected to the boiler-house.

Ghost Town Under Moscow

Ghost Town Under Moscow

Looking at the Yuzhnoye Domodedovo out of the window.

Ghost Town Under Moscow

One may get on each roof freely.

Ghost Town Under Moscow

One of its apartments.

Ghost Town Under Moscow

Inside a house.

Ghost Town Under Moscow

Ghost Town Under Moscow

Ghost Town Under Moscow

“We’re building Russia!”

Ghost Town Under Moscow

How will it all finish for investors?

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21 thoughts on “Ghost Town Under Moscow”

  1. ‘The quality is horrible, by the way.’ is a very understatement. it will start falling down in a decade. who would risk living there?

  2. It’s not good to live in a subdivision like this anyway. It was OK for 1970-80s, but to live in a supercrowded community like this in this age, is self-inflicted torture? It is worse overcrowded than in Hong Kong and other Chinese cities!
    Greed is evident in everything in Russia these days – to sell as many apartments per square mile as possible.

    • You said just what I was thinking I would post but I saw you already posted it. Seriously it’s sad for these people that their money what stolen and now they end up with nothing… Since the one responsible is a city official I have to ask is there any chance that something positive will be done to help them?

      • Sorry for posting twice I just wanted to make my question clearer. By something positive I mean since the fortune of the deputy of the Moscow City Duma official responsible for that mess is evaluated at about 2 billions $USD can’t the authorities seize his assets?

    • Corruption? Or just simply a incompetent privately-owned developer of the sort that you can find in any country? They build a sub-standard development, and find they cannot sell them. Corruption doesn’t appear to be the issue…

  3. Welcome to Capitalism my dear friends. Not much has changed has it? It doesn’t matter what the system is, it’s always the same: The rich get more rich and the poor get more poor. When the bankers looted our stock market a few years ago, only ONE man went to jail (Madoff) and that was because he stole from his fellow rich of the same religion. It wasn’t the theft of Billions, it was the betrayal of his own class that was unacceptable. I’m sorry for the working people who invested in the apartments and have been robbed of their money. I’m sure that those in power will track the villains down, get back the people’s money and send the criminals to the Lubyanka. I will wait for news.

    • Socialism has the same problem, just like every other political theory. Corruption is not confined to any one system. The only thing that is different is the method. Do you honestly believe that bribery and misappropriation of funds only existed AFTER the Iron Curtain fell?

  4. Wow, The quality alone is a complete disaster never mind anything else. I don’t think I’d live in one of those apartments even for free, You’ve got to consider it could fall apart under your feet.
    After a while the local government will have to demolish the whole thing or pay people to live in it.

  5. It appears that the ground is not stable for these tall heavy buildings. If the buildings continue to settle….omg, what a problem that will be. The solution: dynamite.

  6. The quality of these buildings is far superior to anything which was built in Soviet times after about 1965. Look to cities like Nizhnekamsk or Tolyatti and see for yourself, how much worse those are.
    This color scheme is pure feast for the eyes, after horrible grey drab buildings of the late Soviet cities, even the best ones, like newer Moscow subdivisions.
    So really I don’t see what’s wrong with the quality comparing to Soviet standards. The inside of the rooms shown is just awesome, especially the hidden in the floors heating piping – in the best Soviet apartments there were ugly steel pipes in each room instead. The washrooms were even worse, with ugly cast iron vertical main sewer pipes with inspection openings exposed.
    The standardized Soviet bathtabs and sinks were very sturdy but horrible looking too.

  7. The pictures are a bit misleading. I totally agree whoever was building this section was ripping people off. However right next to it are actually very nice buildings, you can see them on Google map…

    https://www.google.com/maps/@55.3958461,37.7706035,378m/data=!3m1!1e3

    Probably why people bought into the scam.

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