5 abandoned ghost towns in Russia


They won’t write about these cities in the newspapers, they won’t tell in the news. Only a couple of lines in history and abandoned houses will remind you of the life that once boiled here. These are ghost towns scattered throughout Russia.

A dead settlement in the Susuman district of the Magadan region, which was finally deserted in 2010. Kadychkan was built around a coal mine in 1943 and grew steadily until the collapse of the USSR.


Empty high-rise buildings, asphalt roads overgrown with grass and rusty skeletons of Soviet cars create a unique post-apocalyptic atmosphere.

The working town, located in Chukotka, in 1990 had 5,300 people. Like Kadychkan, Iultin was built by prisoners. The city was once the world’s largest polymetallic deposit of tin, tungsten and molybdenum.


The story of this ghost town on Sakhalin Island is even more dramatic. In 1995, he died in a strong earthquake. More than half of the population was under the rubble — 2040 out of 3197.

The city itself was built in 1964 and consisted of 17 five-story and several two-story houses.

It is believed that during the construction of these houses, the builders saved a lot on materials, and they were not designed for an earthquake-prone region. However, no one began to restore the city.

One of the ghost towns of the Far North. It arose in 1957 in the Komi Republic thanks to the opening of a coal mine. In the best years

In the 1990s, the city-forming enterprise was also recognized as unprofitable, and by 1995 the authorities closed the city.

Local residents were resettled rather rudely. Young Russia had no money for new housing, people were simply driven out of their homes with the help of riot police. The people were stuffed into carriages and taken to Vorkuta, where they were accommodated in hostels and hotels. Not all of them received their own apartments.

Today Khalmer-Yu is used as a military training ground. The Russian army, blowing up abandoned buildings, is testing modern weapons.

In addition to workers’ townships, settlements with a rich history also disappeared. One of them is Mologa. The first mentions of Mologa

In the 14th century, the village became the center of the Molozhsky principality, and in the 15th century it became part of the Russian state. During the period of the Russian Empire, Mologa turned into a small county town, existing due to internal trade: the Tikhvin water system passed through it, which connected the Caspian Sea with the Baltic.

The end of history was put by the construction of the Rybinsk reservoir in 1935. In 1941, the authorities resettled 7 thousand citizens, and

Periodically, the water level in the reservoir drops, and part of the settlement is exposed. Cobbled streets, contours of foundations, iron structures and tombstones in cemeteries can be seen even today.

There are many hundreds of such abandoned cities across Russia. Moreover, small and medium-sized cities in the country continue to steadily degrade. Due to the slow socio-economic development of the regions, in the next 50 years,