The heritage of the Soviet Union, results of USSR collapse or just some criminal neglect. Abandoned factories, military regiments, and even space ships. Country that doesn’t exist anymore, objects frozen in time. Just a few photos to get an idea of the big sad picture. Starting with a “DUGA” radio radar station in Pripyat Ukraine, that was finished in 1985 just one year before Chernobyl accident. It was used for early detection of ballistic missile launches.
It was of giant size, 140 m tall, 500 m in length. Over 200 tons of metal was used to build it. The station never was used and even didn’t pass the final tests.
A huge abandoned particle collider, in Moscow region.
“Revival island” – ghost town where, according to the rumours, biological weapons were tested. Fully autonomous city was urgently abandoned in early 1990s.
Kola Superdeep Borehole near Murmansk, deepest hole in the Earth in the world. It’s 12,262 meter deep. It’s diameter in it’s upper part is 92 cm , the most narrow part is 21.5 cm wide. This is photo from 1974.
And this is how it looked in 2008. It’s abandoned, all equipment taken away.
Station to study ionosphere, sort of Russian version of American HAARP.
Kiev factory for electric vehicles. Was opened in 1906. Photo taken in 1980s.
It was producing hundreds of electric trolleybus each year in 1974-1985s. And now it looks like this.
Nuclear power plant in Crimea. It was planned to feed all the Crimea with power, but never was finished.
It was conceived in 1974 but in 1987 the construction was stopped because of Chernobyl.
An abandoned secret object #221 in Crimea. It had an on ground building that was used to mask whole bunch of underground objects. Soviet State preparing for a nuclear strike on USSR has built it to put there army headquarters under the ground.
Here are the tunnels of this object 221. It should be able to give shelter to 10,000 Soviet officers and their families.
It was abandoned in 1992, it was 92% complete.
Another Secret Soviet object. Object #825 – underground base for the nuclear submarines in Balaklava, Crimea. Was built in 8 years, now stays abandoned and mostly unguarded.
It was dug in the mountain and could resist direct hit of atomic bomb.
Those are anti-nuclear explosion doors of the object 825.
Hard to believe but there are whole cemetaries of military vehicles formed during USSR. Like this one of the vehicles used in Chernobyl accident response.
This is an abandoned hangar in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Soviet space shuttles stay there.
Two ships stay here – Burya and Buran.
Collapse of USSR cut finances flowing here.
So everything stays abandoned now.
Despite many years passed the building stays strong.
This is how it looks from outside.
Soviet missile carrying ekranoplanes. USA called it “killer of the aircraft carriers”.
Because it was moving very fast and just one meter above the water it could approach enemy fleet unnoticed and then fire missiles.
It was deployed in 1990 to the army, but just one year later already was comissioned and USSR started collapsing.
Now it looks like this in a dock. All electronic devices dismantled and moved to army warehouse.
This village on the Arctic shore sea was a centre of Soviet infrastructure in Arctics. Radars and antiaircraft jets were based here.
Here is this base from inside.
And radars dome from outside.
And this is a whole arsenal of military vehicles abandoned in forest near Moscow.
And it’s not only one example of hundreds Soviet military vehicles abandoned in a forest.
Skrunda – is a ghost town, Soviet military base in Latvia. Stays abandoned.
An experimental workshop to test underwater and on-water weapons at the Caspian sea. Stays at 2.7 km from the shore. Abandoned now.
With a little will you can find even abandoned USSR aircrafts. Like this one stays near Latvian airport near Riga.
Or this abandoned aircraft field at Russian Far East.
A few example of Soviet planes staying here.
And this is a missile complex abandoned. Was built in 1964 and was used till 1994.
A Soviet sumbarine raised from the bottom of the Barents sea.
And some more abandoned Soviet submarines – project 613 – Soviet middle sized diesel-electric submarines, built in 1951-1957, now staying neglected and abandoned.
Hope you liked this collection!