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7 Abandoned Wonders of the Former Soviet Union

7 Abandoned Wonders of the Former Soviet Union

The Soviet Union is home many abandoned structures. Ranging from buildings to military bases we have collected a gallery of great photos showing some of Russia's most amazing abandoned projects.

There are many weird and wonderful abandoned structures throughout the world, being based in Bangkok, a city of unfinished projects; I certainly see my fair share everyday. But no where has quite as many amazing abandonment’s as the former Soviet Union. The complex political, military and social history has lead to everything from buildings to entire cities being left uncared for, still standing to weather the elements until the end.

1. Abandoned City – Promyshlennyi:

Prpmyshlennyi Abandoned City

Prpmyshlennyi Abandoned City


The fall of the Soviet Union led this city to be cut off from communications and support from the government. Without basic utilities such as water and electricity the cities occupants left to find more comfortable homes elsewhere. Today the remains still stand untouched with many belongings deserted and left behind.


2. Abandoned Submarine Base – Balakava:

Balakava Abandoned Submarine Base

Balakava Abandoned Submarine Base


This small town situated on the Black Sea Coast was once the secret base of a Soviet nuclear submarine base. Even family members of the residents who were stationed here were not allowed to visit the town without special permission from the government. Today all the submarines have gone but the structure still stands and is open to explorers from around the world.


3. Abandoned Prison:

Abandoned Prisons

Abandoned Prisons


Much like the concentration camps set up throughout Europe during WWII, the gulag buildings are the physical evidence of the Soviets mass imprisonment, forced labor and acts of genocide against its people, which resulted in the death of over 10 Millions prisoners. During this period was when “Roosevelt observed that capitalism is unequally divided riches while socialism is equally divided poverty. Gulag prison life meant an equal distribution of death among the rich and poor, old and young.


4. Abandoned (Never Used) Buildings:

 Abandoned And Never Used Buildings

Abandoned And Never Used Buildings


In most countries abandoned buildings remain the wake of long deserted, heavily used structures that no longer met the standards of modern day production. However in Russia many industrial, medical and administrative structures are merely the result of failed projects. In their own unique way these abandonment’s tell a story of corrupt and confused leadership, a bleak history absent of the nostalgia and ghosts of once used structures.


5. Abandoned Missile Silo Complex:

Abandoned Missile Silo Latvia

Abandoned Missile Silo Latvia


The fall of the Soviet Union was followed by large disarmament of nuclear weapons leaving many deserted silos scattered across the Russian countryside. The complex shown in the pictures is located in Latvia and comprises of four silos, a central command base and technical support bunker. Now decommissioned, some of the silos are open to the public.


6. Abandoned Oceanside Fortress:

Vladivostok Abandoned Ocean Fortress

Vladivostok Abandoned Ocean Fortress


Vladivostok located on the southeast of Russian was once home to highly prized and extravagantly expensive water fortress. The coastal bases were deemed necessary to protect Russia from possible Japanese invasion. The fort and mile of tunnels at Vladivostok have long since fallen in disarray but the base still remains open to visitors.


7. Abandoned Heavy Equipment:

Abandoned Mechanical Structures Of Former Soviet Union

Abandoned Mechanical Structures Of Former Soviet Union


The cost of complex industrial and communication machines is somewhat hard to comprehend; with this in mind it’s hard to imagine why anyone would abandon these amazing structures that once cost so much money. Yet Russia seems to be home to numerous mining, satellite, and military contraptions that have simply been left, with no plans for the future, not even to be demolished. For example the giant communications dish in the picture is the size of soccer field and still stands today completely disused amongst the serene backdrop of the Russian countryside.




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7 Comments

  1. There are lots of interesting abandoned former soviet military secret objects scattered in Latvian countryside, I suggest to visit the former secret town of Karosta, which is a suburb of Liepaja city now. It has great fortresses on the Baltic sea shore, underground munition storage bunkers with perfect echo, a former military prison – now a place for tourists, where they can stay overnight or just visit and be treated like prisoners… And there are also lots of empty apartment blocks, and as a pearl between them there is an orthodox cathedral built much earlier, a broken swing bridge, a temporary art gallery and much more. Visit Liepaja, Latvia! :) And in other parts of the country there are there rocket silos and other military stuff..

  2. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  3. AS AN OLD “COLD WARRIOR” I WOIULD LOVE TO VISIT ONCE “TOP SECRET” SOVIET MISSILE SILO SITES, ESPECIALLY IN PLACES LIKE SIBERIA OR VLADIVOSTOK. MY IMAGINATION COULD DEFINITELY RUN WILD. WHO HAS ANOTHER TOUR LIKE THIS?……..CHOPPER….

  4. @David

    I am not sure about tours in Eastern Europe, but there must be plenty. I know in Japan, Thailand, and Australia that these tours are the most popular. However, I am sure the ones in the former Soviet Union are much more thrilling.

  5. Why dosent this country recycle these metal things.

  6. Here are some more images of the submarine base in Ukraine
    http://smithjan.com/blog/2011/07/18/balaklava-submarine-base/ 

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