9 ghost towns of the dissolution of the Soviet Union have been revealed

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9 ghost towns of the dissolution of the Soviet Union have been revealed

December 1991 witnessed one of the most defining moments in human history. The Soviet Union, the embodiment of the Eastern Bloc, located at one end of the political, social, cultural and economic polarization of the world, has collapsed! The collapse of the Soviet Union did not just mean the disappearance of a giant band. This interesting development meant the beginning of a new era that would affect dozens of different fields from culture to science, technology to art all over the world. However, taking its place in the dusty pages of history, the USSR left behind huge ideological and material ruins. Factories, mines, laboratories and even abandoned cities! Yes, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, many cities in many different countries were evacuated, closed or abandoned. These human settlements, one of the most tragic remnants of the Soviet Union, have turned into somewhat eerie “ghost towns” over time! Here are 9 ghost towns that appeared with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

1. Kadykchan

Kadykchan is located in Magadan Oblast, Russia and was founded in the 1940s. After it was discovered that there were important coal mines in the area, Qudaykhan became an important settlement with large numbers of workers. By the end of the 1970s, the city’s population exceeded 100,000.

However, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the city was abandoned. In the mid-1990s, only 300 people lived in the city. Since the beginning of the 2000s, the number of people living in the area has decreased further and Kadikan, one of the important production centers of the period, has become a spooky ghost town with crumbling Soviet buildings and deserted squares.

2 – Skrunda-1

The settlement called Skrunda-1 was built in 1963 in Latvia. The area, which was designed as one of the important structures of the Soviet defense line, also included military buildings, air and ground defense systems, bunkers, tunnels, factories, and schools.

At a time when the area was very crowded, 5,000 Soviet soldiers and 1,000 civilians could live here at the same time. But immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Skrunda-1 was also abandoned. Thus, Skrunda-1 took its place among the post-Soviet ghost towns.

3. Neftegorsk

Neftegorsk was one of the cities that experienced great changes with the collapse of the Soviet Union. But it was the earthquake of 1995 that caused the city to turn into a ghost town. Almost all buildings in the city were destroyed by the disaster, which ranks among the largest in the history of modern Russia. On the other hand, more than half of the city’s population died due to this terrible earthquake. As the survivors leave the area, the city of Neftegorsk is reduced to a wasteland.

4. Mologa

Indeed, it is not right to call Mologa a ghost town. Because there is no such city today! The Soviet Union decided to build a hydroelectric power station in the area in 1935. More than 130,000 people living in the city were evacuated, and more than 300 people lost their lives due to the floods that engulfed the city.

Finally, by 1941, the city was completely submerged and destroyed! Today, it is possible to find the ruins of the city during some periods when the waters receded in the area.

5. Wünsdorf

Wünsdorf was a huge military complex built by the Nazis near the German capital, Berlin. Secondly. After World War II, the region passed under the control of the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union deployed its own forces in the region. However, over time, this military facility has become a city with schools, hospitals, entertainment venues, and apartments. It was even called “Little Moscow” because there were daily train services from this city to Moscow…

Prior to 1991, more than 60,000 people lived at the facility. However, the collapse of the Soviet Union wreaked havoc in this region as well. Soviet soldiers left the facility. The jungle has swallowed up many of the buildings in the area! Little Moscow has turned into a big ghost town …

6. Arabini

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The city of Irpini in Latvia was one of the cities built for the soldiers of the Soviet Union. More than 50,000 soldiers could live in the city at the same time. However, KGB units were stationed in the city. These forces were working with huge satellites to listen in and get information from friendly and enemy nations. The city was completely abandoned in 1993. Moreover, all Soviet vehicles and huge satellites were left in the city as it was …

7. Colomino

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Kolimino, a small settlement in Poland, was captured by the Soviet Union in 1945. The area was transformed into a city where thousands of people could live in a short time. However, the end of the Soviet Union led to the death of this city by the thousands. Today, the city of Kolomeno is nothing but empty Soviet buildings and a few people who regularly live in the area.

8. Vozrozhdenya Island

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Vozrozhdenya Island, located in a region between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, was used by the Soviet Union as a top-secret chemical and biological weapons testing facility. However, it was abandoned after the dissolution of the Confederation. Today, the abandoned buildings in the area continue to make for a bone-chilling sight.

9. Tskaltubo

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Tskaltubo in Georgia was once among the favorite settlements of the ruling class in the Soviet Union. Because of the hotels, baths, and health centers in the area, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin often visited this city. However, like the other Soviet settlements on our list, the city called Tskaltubo became a ghost town with the dissolution of the Union…

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