Nuclear Weapons Storage Base “Gomel-30” in Belarus

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A popular blogger Maxim Mirovich visited a nuclear weapons storage base located in the south of Belarus, somewhere in the forest area – this place is a tiny spot on the map called Zarechye. It looks like an ordinary small agricultural town of Belarus but it hides once a dangerous and frightening object – “Gomel-30”.

In the time of the cold war, the USSR stored nuclear weapons in Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine – the countries which were closer to a potential enemy and further from Moscow.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

To maintain nuclear weapons they built some special complexes, that accepted nuclear warheads from so-called War pact countries. They disassembled the weapons there, checked the electronics and functionality to subsequently deliver them back to the storage bases or for “a combat alert duty”.

Gomel-30 was one of those complexes. It was being built and used under high secrecy, the complex was protected by several perimeters of barbed wire and machine-gun nests in concrete bunkers. The militarymen from the complex were dressed like signals soldiers but locals were strictly forbidden from getting onto the territory of the complex.

The area of the technical site of the complex is about 2,5 x 2,5 km, it has several storage bunkers standing 800 m away one from another. Such a big distance between the bunkers was provided for a reason, if one of them was hit, others would not suffer.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Machine-gun nests.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Remains of concrete roads.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Premises of the complex.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Doors of the auxiliary entrance. Look how thick the walls are.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Instructions for handling radioactive materials dated 1973.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

The radiation background is normal.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

The flooded corridor leading to the basement premises.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Probably they had some water cleaning systems here.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

The main entrance of the storage base.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

The complex observed from above. It does not attract much attention.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

The only surface structure of the complex is an assembly hall.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

The main entrance of the storage facility.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

The guards could ask for a pass ticker through this peep hole.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

The central hall. The height of the ceiling is about 17 meters.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Entrances to storage facilities.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

The concrete gates are almost 2 meters thick.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Here they kept nuclear warheards.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

The radiation background is not threatening.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Premises for personnel.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Forced ventilation and air conditioning facility.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Evacuation gateway for personnel.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

The settlement of Zarechye itself where Gomel-30 complex is situated. This settlement didn’t exist on maps, locals were strictly forbidden to tell someone where they lived and what they did.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Today everything is different. One could easily come here and walk with a camera.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Local grannies willingly tell about the place, but they still do not like to mention the secret object of Gomel.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Some houses are being repaired, the settlement does not look abandoned. But Zarechye cannot employ its residents, many of them have to go to neighboring Rechitsa for work.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

They have a kindergarten and a school. When the complex was operating, children studied according to Moscow programs, they should not know the history of Belarus because their parents were maintaining nuclear weapons of the USSR.

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

Nuclear Weapons Storage Base "Gomel-30" in Belarus

The advert with an invitation to visit a table tennis training looks rather touching. How wonderful it is for these people to live in the reality when Belarus is not involved into nuclear issues anymore.

via maxim_nm.livejournal.com

4 thoughts on “Nuclear Weapons Storage Base “Gomel-30” in Belarus”

  1. your stupid”sponsored” pictures inserted after every 3 photos are ruining all the atmosphere!!
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  2. have seen a lot of your visits to abonded military
    places in the years , ;THANKS TO DO THAT : EVER RISK AND MANY PROWESS; SHOWING
    THE EFFORTS AND TAX MONEY USED FOR THE MOST SICK HABIT ON PLANET : WAR

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